Paul Zhou
Senior Partner
Head of SGLA Executive Committee
Shanghai Office
Mandarin | English
+86 21 68361233
21F, Foxconn Building, No.1366 Lujiazui Ring Road, Pudong, Shanghai, P.R. China
Lawyer Summary

Paul started his practice as a lawyer in 2000. He has 20 years of experience in multiple practice areas covering Finance, Insurance, and Corporate fields.

In the Insurance field, Paul provides legal services in connection with insurance product design, review of compliance, settlement of claims and recovery, utilization of insurance funds, reinsurance, capital increase of insurance companies, etc.

In the Finance field, Paul provides banks and financial institutions with legal services in connection with compliance review, commercial loan, syndicated loan, financing guarantee, asset management, disposal of non-performing assets, debt restructuring, and financial business innovation, etc.

In Corporate, Paul assists more than 20 enterprises from various industries in their corporate and commercial matters. With his rich experience in project investment and financing, Paul provides the clients with high-efficient consultation service in the design of financing mix, financing channels, investment arrangement, post-investment management and risk control.

Paul became an arbitrator in 2014. He has participated in over 300 arbitration cases over company equity, asset management, funds, trust, insurance, real estate, and construction at CIETAC, SHIAC, and SAC.

East China University of Political Science and Law, LLM
Honorary Award

- Paul has been ranked by Chambers from 2012 to 2020 as a Band 2 leading insurance lawyer China wide.

- Paul has been ranked by Legalband as a leading insurance lawyer since 2020.

- In 2018, Paul was elected as one of the 2018 ALB China Top 15 litigators.

- In 2014, Asian Legal Business named Paul as one of the Client Choice Top 20.

- From 2017-2020, China Business Law Journal has involved Paul in its A-List as one of the Top 100 Lawyers for China Practice.


Chambers and Partners described Paul as “a skilful insurance lawyer” who “is well equipped to handle complex disputes”.

Social Activity

Arbitrator, CIETAC, SAC, SHIAC, CMAC, Nanjing Arbitration Commission

Mediator, Shanghai Commercial Mediation Center

Board Member, Insurance Law Committee of China Law Society

Chairman, Shanghai Pudong Association of Legal Service

Adjunct Professor, East China University of Political Science and Law

Off-campus Advisor for Graduate, Koguan School of Law, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Part-time Researcher, Insurance Law Research Centre of Shanghai Jiao Tong University


Represented a property insurance company in serial credit insurance policy disputes against the policy-holder concerning a financial leasing contract with a dispute amount of 100 million RMB.

Advised an insurance company on the settlement of insurance claims concerning the 8·12 Tianjin Explosion in 2015 with claims amount of 1 billion RMB.

Represented PICC in the subrogation against an enterprise development company with a dispute amount of 380 million RMB.

Represented Cathay Insurance in a reinsurance dispute against Yong An Insurance. The case was heard in Xi’an Intermediate People's Court, Shanxi High People’s Cout and reheard in the Supreme People’s Court. The case promoted the court to formally confirm the principle of Follow the Fortune Clauses in China.

Represented Kunmin Steel Trading Co., to successfully handled a complex dispute against Cinda Securities on a securities transaction, which involved both criminal and civil proceedings that had lasted for over 10 years.

Represented Zhonghai Fund in its securities misrepresentation dispute against the bond insurer and the accounting firm with a dispute amount of RMB 50 million.

Represented Zhonghai Trust in a partnership agreement dispute against a subsidiary of China Railway Construction Group with a dispute amount of RMB 200 million.

Represented Zhonghai Trust in a business trust dispute against Guanghui LNG Development company with a dispute amount of RMB 300 million.

Represented an individual Li in an equity investment contract dispute against Jieying Investment company with a dispute amount of RMB 60 million.

Represented Jinko Power in its partnership agreement dispute against Haichen company with a dispute amount of RMB 100 million.


“Law and Practice China, Insurance & Reinsurance”, Chambers Global Practice Guide 2019.

《资管计划:差额补足及合规风险》(“The Difference Making-up Clause and Compliance Risks”),China Business Law Journal, 6th issue, 10th series, June 2019.

《诉讼财产保全责任保险的保险责任承担》(“On Liability Bearing of Insurers in Litigation Property Preservation Liability Insurance”), Shanghai Lawyer, 10th issue, 2018.

《内贸信用保险与风险防范》(“On Domestic Trade Credit Insurance and its Legal Risk Prevention”), A Commercial Law Response to Risks in Corporate Management, Shanghai Sanlian Press, December 2017.

《内贸信用保险与风险防范》(“On Domestic Trade Credit Insurance and its Legal Risk Prevention”), China Business Law Journal, 4th issue, 7th series, 2016.

《保险法的人文精神》(“Humanism in Insurance Law”), co-author, Law PressChina, 2012.

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