Scott Guan

Distinguished Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy


Dr. Scott Guan is a senior partner of Zhong Lun Law Firm, a leading red circle firm in China. Dr. Guan has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, PE and capital markets, resolution of complex cross-border disputes, and general corporate, contract, IP and business advice. Dr. Guan is recommended by Chambers in Asia Pacific and has been continuously recognized by The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and other professional publications as a leading business lawyer in China.

Dr. Guan’s clients are in a wide ranges of sectors including manufacturing, chemical products, technology, telecom, Internet, online game, publication, education, entertainment and sports, natural resource, energy, distribution and retail, construction, real estate, financial service, private equity investment, and professional service. Dr. Guan’s representative experience includes acting for Fortune 500 companies in acquiring shares and assets of state-owned and private companies in China, advising multinationals on establishing Chinese holding companies and on subsequent internal restructuring, advising VC and PE firms on investment projects, assisting Chinese companies to list on overseas stock exchanges (including Shanda Games’ NASDAQ IPO in 2009 raising US$1 billion), assisting clients to negotiate and draft complicated commercial contracts and transaction documents, assisting foreign investors to set up and operate business in China, and assisting Chinese companies in outbound investment and providing structuring and tax planning advice.

Dr. Guan has broad experience in the resolution of complex international disputes through arbitration, litigation, mediation and negotiation. He has significant experience in disputes arising from complicated commercial contracts, share and asset acquisition agreements, joint venture contracts, IP license and transfer and purchase contracts. Dr. Guan is retained as an arbitrator by the Shanghai Arbitration Commissio

Dr. Guan has practiced law with leading Chinese, Canadian and British law firms in Shanghai, Toronto and Hong Kong. In addition to his practice, Dr. Guan has lectured and written on a number of topics in the commercial law area, and has published articles and two books. Dr. Guan teaches the cross-border M&A module at the EMBA program of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and is an adjunct professor of East China University of Politics and Law. His lecture subjects also include negotiation and signing of international contracts, resolution of cross-border commercial disputes, evolution of the Chinese legal profession and intellectual property protection.

Dr. Guan holds a doctor of juridical science (SJD) degree from the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto and is a recipient of the Arbor Award (University of Toronto, 2007) for outstanding service and alumni leadership. Being a member of the Faculty of Law Building Campaign Cabinet, Dr. Guan co-chaired the Asia Pacific Campaign.

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