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Allan Wan

Hometown:  Born in Hong Kong; Raised in Vancouver

Prior Education:

B.A., Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada; J.D., University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

What I Did Before Law School: I worked at the Royal Bank of Canada before I moved back to Hong Kong. I also worked at the Hong Kong offices of Hogan Lovells and Mayer Brown.

Why I Chose Penn Law:  Among the Ivy League law schools, Penn Law offers the best opportunity for one to specialize in corporate law. With a deep bench of corporate experts, Penn Law offers a broad range of advanced corporate courses such as Corporate Finance, Corporate Finance: Legal Aspects,Cross-border M&A, Antitrust, Capital Markets, Securities Regulations, Structured Finance & Securitization, Transactional Drafting, Financial Accounting, International Business Transactions, etc. Penn’s strength in corporate law is further boosted through its collaboration with the Wharton school, where some Penn Law courses (e.g. Financial Accounting and Negotiation) are taught by Wharton professors.

My Best Experience at Penn Law:  The extra-curricular events, academic conferences, career workshops, pro bono activities (and the free food catered during these occasions!) that reminded us from time to time that life as a law student does not have to be dry.

Professor Who Influenced Me Most: William Bratton. It is his corporate finance lecture slides that are most valuable. Even long after my graduation from Penn Law, I review his PPT slides from time to time when I deal with complex corporate finance matters. His templates (e.g. Note Purchase Agreement, Bonds Indenture, etc.) and his thorough analysis of those templates are priceless.

My Favorite Course:  Corporate Finance: Legal Aspects, William Bratton. He teaches not only the law but also the business acumen one needs in handling a real life corporate transaction. 

What I gained from the WBLC certificate program:  I took Corporate Finance, Private Equity, Derivatives, Global Strategic Management in the WBLC program. It complemented the law courses I took at Penn law and gave me a strong business grounding. The important lessons I learned are how to effectively advise corporate clients as a corporate lawyer and how to address their business considerations in the legal context. 

What I’m Most Proud Of: My classmates, many of whom are well-regarded legal practitioners, judges, in-house counsel, business consultants, detectives and politicians in their own countries. It was such an honor and privilege for me to get to know these highly accomplished people.  

My Extracurricular Activities at Penn Law:  50 hours of pro bono activities co-ordinated by TPIC; Associate Editor, University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law

My Favorite Place or Activity on the University Campus:  Taking a walk along the Locust Walk to appreciate the historic campus buildings. The Gothic architecture here at Penn is breathtaking.