Hongquan (Samuel) Yang leads AnJie Law Firm’s technology, data protection and cybersecurity practice. He has worked as in-house counsel and external lawyer in the technology, media and telecoms sector for nearly 20 years and is regarded as a true expert in these areas in China. He advises clients on a wide range of regulatory, commercial and corporate matters, especially in the areas of telecommunications, cybersecurity, data protection, the internet, social networking, online games, hardware and software, technology procurement, transfer and outsourcing, distribution and licensing, and other technology-related matters.
Samuel has been recognised as a Global Leader: Data (Who’s Who Legal, 2021), a Leading Individual: TMT (The Legal 500 2020, 2021), a Leading Individual: Data (The Legal 500 2021), a recommended TMT lawyer (Chambers and Partners, 2021), a Band 1 Cyber Security and Data Protection Lawyer (LEGALBAND 2019, 2020) and one of the Top 15 Cyber Security and Data Protection Lawyers in China (LEGALBAND 2021). The Legal 500 commented that Samuel and his team at AnJie have a particular strength in ‘telecoms-related regulatory and general commercial legal services’ and ‘issues such as cyber security and data protection areas’ and have ‘built a real niche’ in these areas, and he ‘is probably one of the leading authorities on data protection, and his good industry knowledge is helpful in assisting clients to mitigate their risks.’ Chambers and Partners commented that he ‘is a capable partner, a very effective person, and he responds rapidly and is very client-oriented.’
Samuel mainly serves Fortune 500 companies, large state-owned enterprises and leading Chinese internet companies. Samuel is a regular contributor to many legal journals and his publications regarding Chinese data protection and cybersecurity laws are well-received and widely reproduced.