Reed Smith was recommended in 17 practice areas, and one of its practices was ranked Tier 1 in the 2020 edition of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific. The guide mentioned 32 individual lawyers (several were mentioned for their work in multiple practice areas), and seven Reed Smith lawyers were ranked.
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The firm showed its strength in shipping: Reed Smith earned a Tier 1 ranking in Singapore Shipping and also placed among the top five firms in Hong Kong for two shipping-related categories. Also, the firm was ranked for 10 wide-ranging practice areas in the Hong Kong market.

The recognized practices are:


  • Corporate and M&A – Foreign firms

Hong Kong

  • Asset Finance – Shipping
  • Banking and finance
  • Corporate (including M&A)
  • Dispute resolution – International arbitration
  • Dispute resolution – Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Labour and employment
  • Private equity
  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Shipping


  • Foreign firms


  • Banking and finance – Foreign firms
  • Corporate and M&A – Foreign firms
  • International arbitration
  • Projects – Foreign firms
  • Shipping – Foreign firms (Tier 1)