Furong Yang

What were you doing before the MCL?

After graduating with an LLB from University of International Business and Economics in China, I took a gap year to work at UBS London as a compliance trainee. I then joined Freshfields’ Beijing office, working in the corporate team (capital markets and M&A), and really enjoyed learning from the best of the industry.

What were your impressions of the MCL?

Having worked on cross border transactions in practice I wanted to gain greater familiarity the common law systems. This was one reason I applied to the MCL. On the course, there was never a dull moment. The MCL is highly practical, especially the Deals Course. In Deals, we worked with transaction documents covering different practice areas (private M&A, financing, public M&A) and received feedback from the practitioners who actually led the deals. The design of the Deals Course makes it highly challenging yet very rewarding. I also enjoyed the opportunity to select modules taught by instructors affiliated with the Judge Business School, which allowed me to supplement my law background with commercial/management knowledge.

What are your post-MCL plans and have they changed due to taking the MCL?

I am going to stay in London to train as a UK solicitor. On a personal level, I look forward to visiting friends I have made on the MCL and learn about their new adventures.