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Phoebe Yan

Partner, Litigation Department


Phone: 86-21-6103-2939
Fax: 86-21-6170-6239


Phoebe Yan is a litigation partner based in our Shanghai office. Her practice focuses on life sciences, white-collar crime and internal investigations, data privacy and cybersecurity, government enforcement actions, and dispute resolution. Ms. Yan specializes in cross-border compliance, data governance, and contentious matters.

Ms. Yan is admitted to practice law in New York. She also passed the bar in China in 2013 and has a Chinese practicing license, but the license is currently not in active status due to local regulatory requirements. Before joining Paul Hastings, Ms. Yan worked at a full-service Chinese law firm and an international law firm.

Ms. Yan is a certified information privacy professional for the U.S. Sector (CIPP/US), a Certified Information Security Professional for Personal Information Protection (CISP-PIP) of the Chinese PIPL, and an EXIN certified Data Protection Officer for GDPR.


  • Shortlisted for "Life Sciences Lawyer of the Year - Women in Business Law Awards APAC 2022"


  • The University of Iowa, College of Law, J.D., 2010
  • Peking University, B.A., 2006



  • Representing U.S. and European pharmaceutical, medical devices, technology, and consumer products companies regarding anti-corruption and anti-bribery issues before the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission
  • Conducting China-wide, cross-business internal investigations on behalf of several major multinational pharmaceutical and medical devices manufacturers
  • Representing various U.S. and European life science companies, automotive products manufacturers, and oil and gas companies in commercial bribery and competition law investigations and dawn raids by Chinese authorities
  • Advising multinational and Chinese companies on compliance, contract, and employment issues related to whistle-blower claims, third-party business partner disputes, and conflict of interests investigations
  • Performing compliance trainings and M&A compliance due diligence

Data Governance

  • Performed China focused data mapping and health check and provide data privacy and security consultation to a multinational investment company
  • Provided data privacy and cybersecurity consultation to a multinational fashion conglomerate
  • Performed data health check to the compliance hotline of a multinational pharmaceutical company
  • Representing a U.S. pharmaceutical company on data privacy and cross-border transfer strategy
  • Representing a U.S. financial company on Chinese data governance related issues

Dispute Resolution

  • Tried a recognition and enforcement of Hong Kong arbitral award case before a Beijing court. The case was selected as the Top 10 model enforcement cases by the Supreme People’s Court of China in 2020.
  • Handled contract disputes against business partners for U.S. and U.K. clients in life sciences and technology industries before Beijing courts and arbitration tribunals
  • Advising multinational companies in life sciences, automobile, electronic devices, food, cosmetics, and home appliance industries for product liability and product recall matters
  • Assisted multinational clients in commercial and financial litigations before Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong courts

Engagement & Publications

  • Frequent speaker for the Ethics and Compliance Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai


  • Certified Information Security Professional - Personal Information Protection (CISP-PIP) by the China Information Technology Security Evaluation Center
  • EXIN Privacy and Data Protection Officer for GDPR
  • Guest member of the Corporate Compliance Committee of the Shanghai Bar Association
  • Admitted to the New York Bar and the P.R. China Bar

Practice Areas

Investigations and White Collar Defense
Life Sciences and Healthcare
Data Privacy and Cybersecurity
White Collar Defense


Chinese (Mandarin)


New York Bar


University of Iowa, College of Law, J.D. 2010
Peking University, B.A. 2006

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