I obtained my undergraduate degree in accounting and law with first class honours from the Chinese University of Hong Kong LLM with distinction from Lancaster University and doctorate from the University of Oxford. I was a Sir Edward Youde Scholar and recipient of the Confucius Institute Highly Commended Prize (for my research in Chinese law). Prior to joining Leicester in 2012 I had taught at Oxford Exeter and Universität Osnabrück.
I was a winner of the Superstar Awards in 2017 organised by the Students' Union to celebrate exceptional staff members at the University.
I am a reviewer for funding bodies like the Economic and Social Research Council and the Qatar National Research Fund and journals like Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly and Journal of Corporate Law Studies as well as different publishers. Also I am an affiliate of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants member of Beta Gamma Sigma (an honour society for business scholars) Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and arbitrator for the China Guangzhou Arbitration Commission. I am/have been the external examiner of three UK universities.
My research interests lie closely with the teaching I am doing surrounding commercial law (very broadly defined; but corporate law finance and governance oriented thus far). My research has a distinctive global comparative and interdisciplinary approach especially underling the role of law in economic development. The geographical coverage thus far has included leading financial centres Asia and Africa. My most recent research project is associated with Central Asia and the Middle East apart from my ongoing research interests in China (including Hong Kong).
My recent projects include:
- Together with my collaborator Steve Conway (Business School) we are supported by the British Council in providing capacity building activities on entrepreneurship skills in Uzbekistan. Also we are supported by the ESRC IAA in engaging with staketolders at the Astana International Financial Centre in Kazakhstan.
- I am a member of the expert group of the Legatum Institute London a leading UK think-tank in the compilation of their Global Prosperity Index alongside eminent fellow experts including former central bank chiefs and economists.
- Institutions and Economic Growth in Asia (Routledge, 2018, with Flora Huang), 330pp.
- Chinese Companies and the Hong Kong Stock Market (Routledge, 2014, with Flora Huang), 253pp.
JOURNAL ARTICLES/BOOK CHAPTERS
- Institutional Development and the Astana International Financial Centre in Kazakhstan, 19(1) Washington University Global Studies Law Review 53-83 (2020).
- Regulating Executive Pay in the Post-Crisis Era, in Daniel Cash and Robert Goddard (eds.), Regulation and the Global Financial Crisis: Impact, Regulatory Responses, and Beyond (Routledge, 2020), 210-226.
- Shareholder Protection in China from a Numerical Comparative Law Perspective, 7(1) Chinese Journal of Comparative Law 124-149 (2019).
- The Regulation of Illegal Fund-raising in China, 26 Asia Pacific Law Review 77-100 (2018).
- Law-finance-growth Nexus in the Context of Africa 11 Law and Development Review 513-555 (2018).
- The Coordinated Efforts of Regulating Overseas Listed Chinese Companies: A Historical Perspective and Recent Developments 18(1) Journal of Corporate Law Studies 43-74 (2018).
- The Admission and Regulation of Overseas Issuers: A Survey of Top Four Financial Centres', in Douglas Cumming and Sofia Johan (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of IPOs (OUP, 2018), 652-675.
- One Country Two Systems as Bedrock of Hong Kong Continued Success: Fiction or Reality?, 38(2) Boston College International & Comparative Law Review 191-224 (2015).
Topics in company commercial and financial laws and comparative corporate governance.
UG: Company Law and Commercial Law
PGT: Corporate Governance
Summer School: As the coordinator in the Law School I co-develop and co-host the English for Law International Summer Programme with Jenny Kemp (lead) of the Centre for International Training and Education of the University.
Press and media
I have been frequently approached by the media for my comments on the legal economic and financial issues in China (including Hong Kong).