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Audrey Zhi
International Associate
Shanghai +86 21 6036 2609 azhi@cov.com Download V-card

Audrey Zhi has experience advising companies on compliance and investigations, particularly anti-corruption matters related to China. Ms. Zhi also advises multinational companies regulatory and corporate matters, with a specific focus on the life science industry, including pharmaceuticals, medical device, cosmetics, and food.

Prior to joining Covington, Ms. Zhi worked for a leading international law firm in Shanghai.

  • Advised a world-leading gene sequencing company on the latest Chinese regulations and policies in a variety of fields, including precision medicine initiatives, non-intrusive prenatal testing, new-born screening, and laboratory development testing.
  • Assisted multinational pharmaceutical and healthcare companies on Chinese regulatory and compliance matters, such as preparing a white paper on microbiome products, conducting compliance due diligence, and preparing electronic alerts.
  • Assisted world-leading multinational companies across various industries (such as pharmaceuticals and medical devices, cosmetics, information technology, and beverages) on anti-corruption and FCPA investigations, including due diligence, reviewing documents, and conducting interviews.
  • Advised a multinational food processing and retail company on the sale of its business.
  • Advised a global healthcare products company and manufacturer of medical devices and supplies on its restructuring.
  • Advised a global healthcare products company and manufacturer of medical devices and supplies on its spin-off of the pharmaceutical business.
  • Advised the world’s largest food, nutrition, health, and wellness company on its acquisition of an existing Sino-foreign joint equity company from a state-owned Chinese party.
  • Assisted renowned multinational companies on their intra-group restructuring in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Advised one of the first internet payment services providers in Europe on its establishment of the first platform in China.
  • Advised on Chinese employment matters, including reviewing and commenting on employment contracts, confidentiality agreements and non-competition agreements, hiring of foreign employees in China, employment termination, and employment benefits arrangements (stock option and other incentive schemes).
  • Advised renowned multinational companies on mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investment, outbound investment, regulatory and compliance matters, employment, general corporate matters, etc. in various industries relating to food and milk-products, medical devices and pharmaceuticals, entertainment, human resources, media, internet, drinking water, automotive manufacture, banking, insurance, wholesale and retail, fire-safety, general business consulting, and others.

Pro Bono

  • Provided China legal services to the client (an international children's medical charity devoting itself to providing free surgeries for children and young adults suffering cleft lip, or other facial deformities, in more than 60 countries), including conducting legal research on PRC laws and regulations regarding the operation of, and the compliance requirements applicable to, a foreign non-profit organization.
  • In support of the U.S. asylum application by an LGBT man, conducted research and prepared a memorandum on country conditions in the client’s home country, including, but not limited to, the legal, social cultural, and political environment.
  • Partnered with the Pennsylvania Health Law Project, a 501(c)(3) legal service organization, under the supervision of U.S. attorneys, provided pro bono services to the local Philadelphia communities on health law.
  • Provided legal advice on investments in China to, and the establishment of a micro-financing company in Inner Mongolia by, international nonprofit institutions.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Fudan University Law School, admitted as ranking top 3% among all the applicants nationwide
  • Shanghai University School of International Business and Management, with Honors and with Distinction, Full Scholarship