Ant Financial announces appointment of Jonathan Zhou as General Counsel

Maria Nikolova

Jonathan Zhou is recognized as one of the leading legal practitioners in capital markets and M&A transactions.

Innovative technology provider Ant Financial Services Group today announces that Jonathan Zhou, founding partner of Fangda Partners, a leading Chinese law firm, will soon join the company as General Counsel.

In this role, Mr Zhou will be responsible for the company’s legal and compliance functions. He will be reporting directly to Mr. Leiming Chen, Senior Vice President who oversees the legal, compliance and anti-money laundering functions at Ant Financial.

Mr Zhou graduated from Fudan University with a bachelor’s degree in Economic Law in 1993. He has served various renowned clients, in China and globally, across multiple high-profile matters over the past 20 years. He is widely recognized as one of the leading legal practitioners in capital markets and M&A transactions. In 2012, Mr Zhou was awarded the “Outstanding Contributions to the Legal Profession Award” by Chambers Asia, one of many accolades he has received over the years. He has worked closely with both Ant Financial and Alibaba Group.

Mr. Leiming Chen commented:

“Ant Financial has always attached great importance to legal and compliance functions. It will further strengthen our capabilities in these areas as Jonathan joins us, which will continue to facilitate the development of our global business in compliance with relevant laws and regulations and enable us to better serve consumers and small and micro businesses across the world.”

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