BEIJING – Global law firm Reed Smith today announces the appointment of Barbara Li as partner in its Global Corporate Group and Beijing office.

With nearly three decades of experience, Li brings a wealth of expertise to the firm. She has a particular focus on the data, TMT and FinTech sectors, with extensive experience advising international and Chinese companies, financial institutions, technology companies and private equity funds on structuring investment, achieving data and cybersecurity compliance and managing risks related to digital transformation and deployment of emerging technologies such as AI, big data, cloud and blockchain.

Her broader practice focuses on complex and cross-border M&A, business reorganisation, joint ventures and strategic alliances in a wide range of industries including: technology, telecoms, energy, infrastructure, automotive, pharma, consumer products and high-end manufacturing. She also advises Chinese companies on their outbound strategies and infrastructure projects.

Li joins from PwC and before that she was the head of corporate of Beijing Rui Bai Law Firm, formerly a member firm of the PwC global network, leading its data, TMT and FinTech practices. Li has worked at multiple international law firms in both China and London, including Norton Rose Fulbright and Baker McKenzie, where she was a partner. She started her career in-house as corporate legal counsel for Ericsson in Beijing and was appointed as the vice-chair of the Cybersecurity Sub-Working Group and the Construction Working Group of the EU Chamber of Commerce in China for several years.

She is a recognised leader in her field and described as “having extensive experience in complex TMT regulatory issues” by Legal 500. She is widely recognised in Corporate, M&A, TMT and FinTech categories and is ranked as a leading individual by various legal directories including Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, Asian Legal Business, IFLR1000 and WhichLawyer. She also won the China Top TMT Lawyer Award in 2020 awarded by Asian Legal Business.