legal Career in China
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Excellent Alumni Talk Series aim to demonstrate to young alumni and current international students how the education and life and career experience of our best alumni have made a difference.
Topic of this talk:
Legal Career in China
The legal systems at home and abroad are very different. If you only master overseas legal knowledge, what career options are available to you when you return to China? If you have both domestic and overseas legal knowledge, what platform can best demonstrate your advantages?
We invite Wayne Wang to share his experience and give advice on:
- Life as an international commercial lawyer
- Career planning for Chinese background Australian law school graduates
- How to survive and thrive in a top tier corporate law firm
Partner of Zhong Lun Law Firm
University of New South Wales Alumnus
Finalist of 2020 Australia China Alumni of the Year Award
Lawyer of Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR and Australia
Wayne is a partner of Zhong Lun leading its Australia-China bilateral investment and trade practice. Before joining Zhong Lun, he worked with Allens, a top tier Australian law firm as an expatriate lawyer in Shanghai and Hong Kong (Feb 2006 – Jul 2014).
Wayne has advised many large corporates on cross border deals between Australia and China, including Rio Tinto, CSL, Dulux, Flight Centre, John Holland, ANZ, Macquarie Capital, China State Development Bank, China Construction Bank, China State Grid, Great Wall Motors, and Tianqi Lithium. The aggregate value of such deals has exceeded AUD 38 billion.
(1) “Leading Lawyer (Banking&Finance; M&A)”, – International Financial Law Review (2021);
(2) “Highly Recommended Lawyer (Corporate&Commercial, Guangdong)” – Chambers Asia (2020);
(3) “Specially Recommended Lawyer” – Legal 500 (2019); and
(4) “Leading Lawyer for Belt and Road Projects” – All China Lawyers Association (2017).
Among the leading lawyers of China, Wayne is unique in that he received all of his legal education in Australia (LLM, Graduate Diploma, Undergraduate), was admitted as a solicitor in Australia and trained at a top Australian firm for 8.5 years.
He is a co-founder and director of “Australia and Greater China Legal Cooperative Limited”, a not-for-profit platform to promote cooperation between Australian and Chinese lawyers.
He actively supports Zhong Lun Public Welfare Foundation, which subsidizes poor students in 15 law schools and donated cash to hospitals of Wuhan during covid-19.
Before he went to study in Australia, he worked with the legal aid centre of Guangdong Province for 3.5 years (Jul 1998 – Feb 2002), and acted as an advocate in civil and criminal proceedings for people who could not afford the legal costs.
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