HONG KONG – Global law firm Reed Smith today announced the appointment of Vivian Ji as partner in its Global Corporate Group and Hong Kong office.

Ji joins from Hong Kong boutique corporate finance specialist law firm, Jeffrey Mak Law Firm, where she was partner. She has also previously worked at Chinese law firm AllBright and various international law firms.

With 15 years’ experience, Ji specialises in corporate finance, including but not limited to debt offerings of large-scale state-owned enterprises and private enterprises, such as public bond issuance, private placement and perpetual bond issuance. She has extensive experience in IPO projects of Chinese enterprises on the Main Board and the GEM (Growth Enterprise Market) Board of Hong Kong Stock Exchange. She has also represented Chinese enterprises on various loan transactions and M&A transactions.

Kyri Evagora, Reed Smith’s Asia-Pacific managing partner, said: “Vivian’s arrival will bolster the bench strength of our market leading corporate team in Hong Kong. We are very pleased to welcome her to the firm as we continue to strategically grow our offering in Asia.”

Denise Jong, co-chair of Reed Smith’s Global Corporate Group, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Vivian to the firm. She is highly regarded in the Hong Kong market and will enhance our corporate practice in the region.”

Ji added: “Reed Smith’s corporate team is renowned in Hong Kong. I am delighted to be joining the firm, which has both a collaborative approach to working with clients and an impressive global platform. My clients will benefit from the extensive global reach and high calibre full service offering that the firm can provide.”

Over the last 24 months, Reed Smith has significantly grown its Asia partner headcount, with hires including:

  • Corporate practice - Johnny Lim (Singapore), Manoj Purushothaman (Singapore), Vivian Ji (Hong Kong)
  • Dispute Resolution practice - Zeldar Wang (Shanghai)
  • Entertainment & Media industry group - Bryan Tan (Singapore)
  • International Arbitration practice - Timothy Cooke (Singapore) and Matthew Townsend (Hong Kong)
  • Technology & Data practice - Barbara Li (Beijing)
  • Transportation industry group – Simon Spells (Singapore) and Hui Ling Teo (Singapore)

With Ji’s arrival, Reed Smith now has 140 lawyers, including nearly 50 partners, across its four offices in Asia: Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore and Hong Kong.