Kewei Law Firm has hired leading corporate partner Justina Zhang, adding technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) expertise to the firm's joint operation with Herbert Smith Freehills.
Justina is a TMT specialist in both corporate transactions and regulatory compliance. She has extensive experience advising Chinese growth and large tech clients on mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, capital markets, joint ventures and corporate restructurings in both China and internationally. She also advises multinationals on foreign direct investment in China, as well as data, advertising, general corporate and commercial matters.
Herbert Smith Freehills is one of only a small number of international law firms permitted to integrate China law advice with international legal services through its joint operation with Kewei in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone.
"Justina's arrival boosts our ability to help clients make more of the growth of China's digital economy," said Kewei international partner Gavin Guo. "She strengthens our corporate and TMT capabilities in the joint operation with Herbert Smith Freehills."
Justina will work closely with Herbert Smith Freehills' global and Asia TMT teams, who advise some of the largest companies in the tech, media and telecoms sectors, as well as the firm's corporate and other teams in China and globally.
"Justina's deep sector knowledge and cross-border expertise will be invaluable to our client base, from growth and unicorn companies to established players. Her arrival will enhance our existing ability to advise clients from or into the world's second-largest tech market."
The joint operation, Herbert Smith Freehills Kewei, formally launched in August 2019 and its services have been in heavy demand from international and China clients since launch.
"This is another major expansion of our capabilities in China with Kewei, following IP partner Peng Lei's move to Kewei in September 2021," said May Tai, Herbert Smith Freehills' Asia managing partner. "This appointment also supports our commitment to TMT clients in China and more broadly across Asia."
ABOUT JUSTINA ZHANG
Fluent in Mandarin and English, Justina obtained a bachelor's degree in law from China University of Political Science and Law in 2002. She acted as the Asia Pacific Regional President of the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA) and a member of its Executive Committee and a member of the Public Policy Council of the International Advertising Association (IAA).
Justina was recognised as an "A-List lawyer" by China Business Law Journal in 2022. She has also advised on several transactions named as "Deal of the Year" by Asian Legal Business, China Business Law Journal, and China Law and Practice.
Before joining the firm, she was a senior partner at TransAsia Lawyers in Beijing.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
1. Justina's appointment is effective on 1 June 2023.
2. Kewei combines top-quality China lawyers with international experience, a strong client list, and an innovative managed legal services business. The firm advises on complex inbound and outbound investments, corporate advisory, capital markets issues, dispute resolution, competition and antitrust, intellectual property, and employment law.
3. Herbert Smith Freehills has a leading TMT practice in Asia. The team advises clients on corporate transactions, innovative and strategic commercial arrangements, complex regulation, data/cyber and intellectual property matters, as well as employment, disputes and financing, through cross-practice teams in Asia and beyond.
4. Operating from 25 offices across Asia Pacific, EMEA and North America, Herbert Smith Freehills is at the heart of the new global business landscape. With a nearly 40-year history in Asia, Herbert Smith Freehills has over 300 lawyers and legal professionals in the region, advising clients on complex corporate, disputes and finance matters from offices in Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Jakarta*, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Shanghai*, Singapore* and Tokyo.
*In Shanghai, the firm is part of a joint operation with Kewei, allowing access to China legal services alongside Herbert Smith Freehills' international expertise. In Jakarta, Herbert Smith Freehills' international counsel practise on secondment at its affiliate firm, Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung, one of Indonesia’s leading commercial and corporate law firms. In Singapore, Herbert Smith Freehills entered a Formal Law Alliance (FLA) with Prolegis LLC in 2015, that allows access to Prolegis' Singapore law capabilities.
*在上海和北京，史密夫斐尔通过与科伟律师事务所联营在提供外国法顾问的同时也就中国法提供法律服务。在雅加达，史密夫斐尔的国际法律顾问与印度尼西亚领先的商业和公司事务律师事务所Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung共同执业。在新加坡，史密夫斐尔与新加坡律师事务所Prolegis LLC于2015年建立了正式法律联盟，借此就新加坡法律提供咨询。