BEIJING – Global law firm Reed Smith partner Barbara Li was named Data Protection Lawyer of the Year at the Legal 500 China Awards, held on 7 December in Shanghai.

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Reed Smith’s data protection practice in China was also shortlisted at the awards for Data Protection Firm of the Year, one of just six firms nominated in the category.

Beijing-based Li has a particular focus on the data, cyber, technology, MedTech and FinTech sectors, and has significant experience advising international and large Chinese companies, financial institutions and PE investors across industries. She regularly advises on data compliance, complex and high-stakes cross-border data transfers, digital transformation of businesses, data breach risk management, deployment of emerging technologies such as AI, big data and cloud computing, as well as joint venture and M&A transactions. As a widely recognised thought leader in the data protection and privacy field, Li was appointed vice chair of the Cybersecurity Sub-Working Group for the EU Chamber of Commerce in China. She also sits on the IAPP Women Leading Privacy Advisory Committee.

In the recently published Legal 500 Greater China guide, Li was among seven Reed Smith lawyers to be featured. She was endorsed as a Leading Individual in two categories – China Data protection: foreign firms and China Fintech: foreign firms. According to the Legal 500 website, Leading Individuals are defined as “true market leaders, with long-established reputations in their sector, lead roles in multiple recent significant matters, and exceptional, widespread recognition and endorsement from peers in the market and clients alike.”

Reed Smith earned a Tier 1 ranking in the Legal 500 guide for China Data Protection: foreign firms.

Reed Smith advises clients on the full life cycle of data management and protection, from conception of a project or product, involving the collection of personal information, through its handling, disclosure, transfer and deletion.