Peter Zhang Partner

Speaks:  English, Mandarin, Cantonese

Year of Call: 2018 - Ontario

Year of Call: 2008 - China

Primary phone: +1 416-814-5650

Fax: +1 416-862-7661


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Primary office:  Toronto

Peter Zhang

Peter (Dongcheng) Zhang is a partner at Gowling WLG, where he leads the firm's China Initiative for the Toronto office.

Admitted to practice law in Ontario and China, Peter's main areas of expertise include corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and foreign direct investment.

Peter acts as general counsel for his long-term clients in Canada to assist them to deal with corporate/commercial transactions, regulatory investigations and dispute resolutions. His clients include fortune 500 companies, unicorns and high net worth families.

Peter also advises clients in intellectual right protection and cross border IP licensing transactions.

Prior to joining Gowling WLG, he was a partner of a “Red Circle” firm in Guangzhou and Shenzhen. His Chinese law practice focused on corporate restructure, IPO (as underwriter’s counsel or issuer’s counsel), and PE/VC investment.

Fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and English, Peter Zhang worked as investment banker for an international investment bank and research institution in Beijing, China for eight years. Through this work experience, he has gained intimate familiarity with Chinese corporate restructure and corporate financing on the Chinse capital market.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2018

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      June 2018
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 2017

    • Education
      September 2017
      University of Toronto, LLM
  • 2008

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, China
  • 1995

    • Education
      Jilin University, LLM
  • 1992

    • Education
      Qiqihar University, BA


All China Lawyers Association

Law Society of Ontario

Representative Work

Peter holds strong connections with large enterprises, investment banks and governmental institutions in both China and abroad. Some of his most recent transactions include:

  • Share IPOs: issuer's counsel to JI Technologies (; underwriter's counsel for China International Capital Corporation (CICC) in a transaction with Yi Tong Shi Ji (
  • Corporate M&A: purchaser's counsel in transactions for Huawei Technologies, CITICPE, New Horizon Capital, Ping An Venture Capital, and NARI Group (a subsidiary of State Grid)
  • H shares: underwriter's counsel for Morgan Stanley, CICC, UBS and others in a 2011 CCB follow-on offering
  • Red-chip listings: underwriter's counsel for CICC in a transaction with China Resource Pharmaceutical
  • Out-bound investments: investor's counsel for Tebian Electric Apparatus Stock Co. (
  • Bond issues: issuer's counsel for Yahgee Modular House Co. (
  • Commercial notes: issuer's counsel for Guangzhou Port Group and Zhan Jiang Port Group
  • Foreign investments: counsel for China Nuclear Power Engineering (CNPEC, subsidiary of CPNPC) in joint venture with Areva
  • Collective asset management funds: issuer's counsel for Essence Securities