Founded in 2018, Beike Zhaofang is China’s biggest online real estate platform. The company handles more than 2 million transactions annually, with more than 40 million active users and over 200 million listed homes. It has also expanded overseas to meet the growing demands of affluent Chinese consumers, covering major property markets such as the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Yan Chen, Beike’s vice president and general counsel, joined the company in January 2019, after more than a decade in commercial practice, including stints at Jones Day, Sidley Austin, and O’Melveny & Myers. Most recently, he was a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Hong Kong. He has helped oversee the company’s $2 billion initial public offering in the U.S. and is currently steering it through a swath of challenging new rules and regulations both domestically and in the U.S.