Aon bolsters IP team with former Alibaba exec

June 13 2019 by InsuranceAsia News Staff

Guangjie Hopton has been appointed to Aon’s intellectual property solutions team to focus on clients in China and Asia.

Aon’s intellectual property solutions team is focused on helping clients manage their intangible assets while educating and expanding the marketplace.

Hopton (pictured) has a long background in M&A, intellectual property and corporate advisory and will work with Aon’s Asia team to establish strategic partnerships in China and across Asia, and she will be based in Hong Kong.

She has worked at Alibaba for 14 years, most recently in Hong Kong as assistant general counsel for international corporate.

“Altogether, [Hopton’s] career means she brings knowledge not only on the corporate side such as IPOs and legal challenges,” commented Lewis Lee, chief executive 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.”

During her time at Alibaba, she worked on the initial Yahoo investment in the company and the subsequent buyback of Yahoo’s interest, restructuring of Ant Financial and the initial public offering of Alibaba on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2007, and the IPO of Alibaba Group on the New York Stock Exchange in 2014.