Assistant Professor 助理教授





(852)  3943 1671

(852) 2994 2505

Room 609
Faculty of Law
6/F, Lee Shau Kee Building
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Sha Tin, NT, Hong Kong SAR

James Si Zeng is Assistant Professor of law and Deputy Executive Director of the Centre for Comparative and Transnational Law (CCTL) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He works on corporate law, financial regulation, and law and economics. His scholarship has appeared or will appear in leading student-edited law reviews such as the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, Columbia Journal of Asian Law, Review of Banking and Financial Law, as well as peer-review journals such as the International Review of Law and Economics, American Bankruptcy Law JournalEuropean Business Organization Law Review, Peking University Law Journal(中外法学), and Hong Kong Law Journal. His doctoral dissertation, State Ownership as a Substitute for Costly Regulation, was supported by the Oscar M. Reubhausen Fund at Yale Law School. He is also conducting research on Chinese corporate law supported by the Early Career Scheme of the Research Grant Council of Hong Kong, China.

Professor Zeng graduated from Yale Law School with an LL.M and a J.S.D. degree. Prior to that Professor Zeng graduated from Peking University (LL.B., B.A. in Economics, Mphil in Law). He passed the National Judicial Examination of China and is admitted to the New York State Bar.



  • J.S.D. (Yale Law School)
  • LL.M. (Yale Law School)
  • LL.M. (Peking University)
  • LL.B. (Peking University)
  • B.A. in Economics (Peking University)


  • Corporate law
  • Financial regulation
  • Law and Economics


  • Does Regulation of Defensive Tactics with Mandatory Rules Benefit Shareholders? Evidence from Event Studies in China, International Review of Law and Economics (forthcoming 2021).
  • Entity Shielding and the Rule of “Debts-Follow-Assets” in China: An Empirical Law and Economics Analysis, American Bankruptcy Law Journal (forthcoming 2021).
  • Legal Personality and the Evolution of the Rule of “Debts-Follow-Assets” in China: Complicating the Theory of Interest Group, 50 Hong Kong Law Journal 1133 (2020).
  • The Theoretical Basis for the Rule of “Debts-Follow-Assets”: An Empirical Analysis of Enterprise Investment Cases(“债随物走规则的理论基础是什么——以企业转投资案例为焦点的实证研究), 300 政治与法律[Political Science and Law] 116 (2020).
  • The Calculus of Shareholders’ Consent: A Constitutional Economics Theory of Corporate Charter Amendment Rules, 41 University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law 429 (2019). Available at:
  • The Economic Functions and Legal Restrictions on Partitioning Enterprise Assets (资产分割理论下的企业财产独立性:经济功能与法律限制), 31 中外法学[Peking University Law Journal]1357 (2019) (China).
  • Regulating Draconian Takeover Defenses with Soft Law: Empirical Evidence from Event Studies in China, 20 European Business Organization Law Review 823 (2019).
  • State Ownership and Regulatory Costs: A Law and Economic Analysis of State-Owned Enterprise in China, 31 Columbia Journal of Asian Law 1 (2017).
  • Internal and External Shareholder Liability in the Financial Industry: A Comparative Approach, 37 Review of Banking and Financial Law 285 (2017).
  • Establishing Land Assembly Districts: A Proposal to Chinese Law on Rural Land Takings, 10 Frontier of Law in China 690 (2015).
  • The Role of Debts Covenants in Creditor Protection under the Law of the United States (美国法上的限制性债务契约制度评析), in 24 公司法评论 [Review on Corporate Law] 152, (2014) (China).
  • Defining Equity and Debt Investments Made by Related Parties under Chinese Tax Law (关联方股权性投资与债权性投资的税法认定), 4 税法解释与判例评注 [Tax Law and Case Review] 381 (2013) (China).
  • Comments on EU’s ban on Naked Short CDS (欧盟无实体CDS禁令的法理评析), 85 金融法苑 [Financial Law Forum] 233 (2012) (China).