HONG KONG, June 12, 2019 – Aon (NYSE: AON), a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions, today announces Guangjie Hopton has been appointed to Aon’s Intellectual Property Solutions team to focus on clients in China and the broader Asia region.
Aon’s Intellectual Property Solutions team is focused on helping clients manage their intangible assets while educating and expanding the marketplace. With a deep background in M&A, intellectual property and general corporate advisory work, Guangjie will bring extensive knowledge and experience assessing and valuing intellectual property from both strategic and transactional perspectives. She will also closely work with Aon’s Asia team to establish strategic partnerships in China and across Asia, and she will be based in Hong Kong.
Having most recently served at Alibaba Group in Hong Kong for nearly 14 years, including as Assistant General Counsel for International Corporate, Guangjie brings a wealth of expertise to the team. During her time at Alibaba, she worked on many milestone transactions, including the initial Yahoo investment in Alibaba and the subsequent buyback of Yahoo’s interest, restructuring of Ant Financial and the initial public offering (IPO) of Alibaba.com on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in 2007, and the IPO of Alibaba Group on the New York Stock Exchange in 2014 – one of the biggest U.S. IPOs in history.
“Altogether, Guangjie’s career means she brings knowledge not only on the corporate side such as IPOs and legal challenges,” commented Lewis Lee, CEO of Aon’s Intellectual Property Solutions team, “but also a deep understanding of Asia and its unique opportunities. This expertise will be crucial as we build out our intellectual property solutions globally.”
Originally from Qingdao, China, Guangjie graduated from Nanjing University, later obtaining a Master’s Degree in International Education from Boston University. She earned her J.D. at Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and is a member of the Oregon State Bar. She served in several U.S. law firms in Hong Kong and was with Latham & Watkins LLP before joining the Alibaba Group.
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