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Shawn Yang is a Foreign Legal Counsel of Debevoise & Plimpton in Hong Kong and Partner of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. He is part of the firm’s Investment Management Group and is based in the Hong Kong office. Mr. Yang’s practice focuses on private equity fund formation, secondaries and select investor-side representations.

Mr. Yang’s recent experience includes representing clients such as Advantage Partners, Baring Private Equity Asia, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, HarbourVest Partners, Morgan Stanley, KKR, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board and Sequoia Capital,

Mr. Yang is recommended by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2022) for Investment Funds, where he is described as “very calm, commercial, able to think outside-the-box and to provide solutions.” Clients have also noted that he is “an excellent lawyer, exceptionally hardworking and very efficient.” Mr. Yang is named by IFLR1000 (2021/22) as a Rising Star in Hong Kong for Private Equity Funds.

Mr. Yang received a J.D. in 2012 from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served on the Managing Board of the Virginia Law Review, and a B.A. from the University of Southern California in 2008.

Mr. Yang joined the firm’s New York office in 2012 and transferred to the Hong Kong office in 2013. He is a member of the Bar of the State of New York.


  • University of Virginia School of Law, 2012, J.D.
  • University of Southern California, 2008, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • New York