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Lan Yan


Yan Lan (born in 1957) was not allowed to enter higher education because her Communist family had been designated as counter-revolutionaries. In 1969, she and her mother were sent to a labor camp in Henan. In 1977, the year after the Cultural Revolution ended, she enrolled at university. Excpetionally motivated, she was awarded grants to study at the most prestigious universities in Europe and the United States. In 1991, she joined the Gide Loyrette Noel legal firm based in Paris and became the first foreign woman to make partner. In 1998, she returned to China to run the firm's Beijing office. Since 2011, Yan Lan has been managing director of Lazard's Greater Chin Investment Bank (Beijing, Hong Kong, Taiwan).

Works by Lan Yan
The House of Yan: A Family at the Heart of a Century in Chinese History
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