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Keliang (Clay) ZHU

Partner
Locations:Silicon Valley
Title:Silicon Valley Office Managing Partner
Tel:+1 925 399 5856
Fax:+1 925 397 1976
Email:czhu@dehengsv.com
Working Language: Chinese/ English
Mr. Keliang "Clay" Zhu's practice specialties include cross-border merger & acquisition, export control and corporate compliance, commercial litigation, and international tax planning in the U.S. He earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) degree and has practiced law in the U.S. since 2000. He is licensed in both California and Oregon. He used to serve as a senior legal counsel to the World Bank and the U.N. Food & Agriculture Organization on their projects in China. He currently is the Managing Partner of the Silicon Valley Office.
Representative Matters
  • Cross-border Investments


  • Represented a Hong Kong subsidiary of a major state-owned enterprise in acquiring majority shares in a cancer treatment R&D company in Silicon Valley (acquisition price of US$810 million)
  • Represented an investment fund of a major state-owned enterprise in acquiring majority shares in two data analytics software companies in Silicon Valley (acquisition price of US$340 million)
  • Represented a Singapore subsidiary of a major state-owned enterprise in an acquisition of a shale oil technology company in Texas (acquisition price of US$280 million)
  • Represented a government-owned fund from Beijing in acquiring equity shares in a chip design company in Silicon Valley (acquisition price of US$210 billion)
  • Export Control and Corporate Compliance
  • Advised and applied for export licenses for a U.S. subsidiary of a Beijing-based state-owned enterprise for its hi-tech products
  • Advised a hi-tech investment fund for its compliance with export control regulations and investments in the U.S. (CFIUS)
  • Advised a major state-owned enterprise for its compliance with export control, foreign corruption, and anti-money laundering
  • Advised a governmental investment fund from Shanghai for its compliance with CFIUS and cross-border taxation
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Represented Guangzhou Wanbao Group in a product liability case
  • Represented China Sinoma in a breach of contract case
  • Represented KOTL in an intellectual property case
  • Others
  • Served as corporate legal counsel for a dozen companies in the Silicon Valley covering industries such as software, computer chips, autonomous driving, artificial intelligence, and bio-pharmaceuticals
  • Applied for financial licenses in the U.S. for Chinese firms including MSL and RMSB
  • Set up venture capital funds and private equity funds for international investors including legal structure design and compliance
Education Background
  • Willamette University College of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) (2000)
  • China Youth University of Political Sciences, Bachelor of Law (1996)
Professional Qualifications
  • Admitted by the California State Bar and the Oregon State Bar

  • Admitted by the U.S. Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit