Asia-Pacific Team of the Year: Alibaba

With a record initial public offering (IPO) in the United States, heightened regulatory scrutiny at home and high-profile lawsuits ongoing, Alibaba Group was never far from the front pages in the last 12 months. The team charged with protecting the Alibaba brand – led by senior legal counsel, intellectual property Karen Law – continued to grow in the wake of several major acquisitions: new portfolio companies, meaning new brands, and new hires in Guangzhou and Beijing to complement the Hong Kong and Hangzhou-based IP team. “Our team has grown bigger, as we now number 13,” says Law, who just six years ago was the standalone international IP specialist at the company.

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