SHANGHAI – Global law firm Reed Smith has appointed Zeldar Wang as partner in its dispute resolution practice.

Before joining Reed Smith, Wang worked as a partner in another International law firm. She has a wealth of experience in handling international arbitrations (LMAA, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Singapore International Arbitration Centre, International Chamber of Commerce, International Cotton Association, FOSFA, GAFTA), as well as court proceedings.

Wang advises on commercial disputes and transactions in trade, shipping and investment. Her clients cover Fortune 500 corporates, state-owned enterprises, listed companies, private companies and high net worth individuals. She is listed as a Rising Star in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (China) for Shipping: Foreign Firms.

Kyri Evagora, Reed Smith’s Asia-Pacific managing partner, said: “We are delighted to welcome Zeldar to Reed Smith to enhance our disputes team, which already has a strong and growing reputation in Asia.

Lianjun Li, lead partner of Reed Smith Richards Butler LLP's Hong Kong litigation team, said: “Zeldar's arrival strengthens our existing robust disputes offering, which will help us respond to increased client demand in the region. She is a very talented practitioner and will prove a real asset to our clients.”

Denise Jong, a senior partner, of the firm’s Hong Kong office, added: “With Zeldar joining the team, she will help us achieve our goal of providing the very best talent on the ground to assist our clients operating in the region.”

Wang said: “Reed Smith has a strong reputation for delivering innovative legal services and commercial solutions for its clients. It also has an impressive global platform that will provide my clients with market leading advice across the world.”

Since 2021 Reed Smith has significantly grown its Asia partner headcount, with hires including:

  • Simon Spells joining the Transportation Industry Group in Singapore
  • Manoj Purushothaman joining the Global Corporate Group in Singapore
  • Timothy Cooke joining the International Arbitration practice in Singapore
  • Johnny Lim joining the Global Corporate Group in Singapore
  • Bryan Tan joining the Entertainment and Media Group in Singapore
  • Matthew Townsend joining the International Arbitration practice in Hong Kong

With Wang’s arrival, Reed Smith now has 41 partners and nearly 150 lawyers across its four offices in Asia: Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Wang joins the firm as a partner in the Hong Kong office, seconded to Shanghai.