Lim joined Resource Law LLC as a director in May 2020, from Shook Lin & Bok where he was partner since 2015. Subject to regulatory approvals, Lim intends to take on a concurrent appointment as partner with Reed Smith and also a director at Resource Law LLC.
He has extensive experience advising clients on a broad range of corporate and commercial transactions, particularly in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, capital markets, private equity and venture capital. He also advises listed companies and financial institutions on corporate governance, regulatory licensing and compliance matters.
In addition, Lim has substantial restructuring and insolvency experience and regularly advises both creditors and distressed companies on bankruptcy protection, schemes of arrangement, judicial management, administration and liquidation. His clients include multinational corporations, financial institutions, listed companies and SMEs in the energy and natural resources, financial services, technology, education, transportation and logistics sectors, across Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia.
Denise Jong, co-chair of Reed Smith’s Global Corporate Group, commented: “We are very pleased to have Johnny join the firm as partner. Since joining Resource Law, he has quickly established himself, demonstrating his technical expertise and in-depth appreciation of the local cultures and practices of various ASEAN nations.”
Kyri Evagora, Reed Smith’s managing partner for Asia-Pacific, added: “Johnny has proven a great asset to our clients whilst at Resource Law. He is a leader in his field and I am delighted to welcome him as a partner at Reed Smith. His appointment underlines our regional strategy of hiring exceptional local talent with a global outlook.”
With Lim’s appointment, the Reed Smith Resource Law alliance now has a corporate offering of 13 lawyers, including five partners. They are part of the firm’s wider team of over 60 corporate lawyers in Asia and more than 300 globally.
Lim said: “I am thrilled to have been made partner at Reed Smith. It is an international firm with a truly collaborative culture, thanks to its single global partnership. The firm is at the forefront of client service innovation and I am very pleased to be join a firm with such talented lawyers.”
Reed Smith also recently announced its global partner promotions, further expanding its partner headcount in Asia with Singapore based Hagen Rooke being promoted to partner.
Rooke is a member of the Financial Services Industry Group and one of very few lawyers with the ability to advise on both Singapore and English law-related financial regulatory matters. His practice covers a broad range of areas, including financial services licensing and approvals, conduct of business and regulatory change projects. His clients include payment services firms, digital asset exchanges and dealers, banks, capital markets intermediaries, funds and fund managers, exchanges, proprietary trading houses and commodity groups.
Reed Smith now has nearly 150 lawyers, including 45 partners, across its four offices in Asia: Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore.