Submissions for the competitive award were judged by an outside panel of experts.
Yan's shrewd legal acumen has helped her become a trusted and go-to legal advisor in New York.
Her legal practice focuses on advising public and private companies in connection with complex domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, going-private transactions, joint ventures and other commercial transactions. She also provides counsel regarding general corporate matters, corporate governance issues, operational matters and other strategic considerations.
Among her clients, Yan counts high-growth startups, later-stage emerging growth companies, venture capital funds, private equity funds and strategic acquirers in connection with planning and executing a variety of corporate transactions. In addition, Yan represents a number of insurance companies and managing general agents on the underwriting of transactional risk policies, including M&A representations and warranties policies.
"My clients often tell me that they also trust me from a business perspective because I am able to clearly articulate complicated legal issues and how that parlays into their business," she said in an interview conducted as part of the nomination. "I think that is a big value add to my clients."
With an equally impassioned commitment to pro bono work, Yan spends a number of hours every year on pro bono matters.
"I am very passionate about pro bono, specifically in areas related to violence against women," said Yan. "I have represented a number of clients that are seeking asylum or protection under the Violence Against Women Act."
Yan, along with the additional honorees, will be recognized in the New York Law Journal's upcoming Professional Excellence web presentation and at the New York Legal Awards at Marriott Marquis in New York City held Thursday, October 6, 2022.