“Julia will add depth to our corporate offerings on the West Coast and in China, where she has significant relationships and cross-border transactional experience with companies in the telecommunication, automotive, aviation, health care, pharmaceutical, technology, energy and financial services industries,” said Matthew Petersen, co-chair of the Reed Smith Global Corporate Group. “Julia’s sophisticated, cross-border transactional practice is a perfect fit with Reed Smith’s Global Corporate team.”
Zhu-Morelli’s arrival closely follows that of Moshe J. Kupietzky to the firm’s Century City office, and Julia Boyd earlier this month in New York. Kupietzky was former head of Sidley Austin’s Los Angeles Corporate and Finance Group, and former managing partner of Sidley’s Century City office.
Fluent in both Mandarin and English, Zhu-Morelli advises Chinese and U.S. companies and Chinese funds on various corporate and transactional matters, and provides counsel to U.S. companies involved in strategic business restructuring and establishing Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprise structures (WFOEs) or joint ventures with companies based in China. Previously, she served as an Ambassador of Investment Promotion and Trade Representative for Jiangsu Province, and assisted the government of Jiangsu with various investment projects.