Finsbury has named Ginny Wilmerding as partner in Hong Kong.
In her latest position, Wilmerding will focus on developing Hong Kong, China and US-based clients, targeting regional and cross-border transactions, governance and activist situations, geopolitics and public affairs, reputation management, ESG and investor engagement.
She has significant experience in helping Asian companies build trust and navigate critical issues in the US and has advised leading international firms as they build out their businesses in China and other Asian countries. Prior to Finsbury, Wilmerding was with Brunswick Group for nearly 11 years, where she was a partner. She has spent 17 years working in Hong Kong and China as well.
"For decades I’ve had a front row seat watching the rise of Asian innovators and giants and advising on the complexities global firms face in this region. At a time when trust between nations is at an all-time low and expectations of corporates is at an all-time high, there is a clear role for a firm like ours that can deliver the very best strategic guidance and ideas," said Wilmerding.
This appointment signifies Finsbury's acceleration in the growth of its Asia business and is the latest of several senior hires that have strengthened Finsbury’s capabilities in China, Japan and the region. Over the past 12 months, Finsbury has added Tokyo-based partners and office leads Deborah Hayden and Minako Hattori; senior advisor Daniel Bogler who is based in Tokyo; partner in Hong Kong and China lead Paul Yang; as well as partner in Hong Kong Richard Barton.
Meanwhile, Finsbury will expand its Asia business as it prepares to merge with The Glover Park Group and Hering Schuppener. The newly formed company, Finsbury Glover Hering, will combine the complementary strengths of three advisory firms into a single enterprise and provide clients with a global network of almost 700 experts in the world's major financial, government, business and cultural centres.
“We are delighted that Ginny has joined us at such an exciting time in our growth. With our merger next year and ambitious plans for Asia, Ginny and the rest of the Asia team will play a central role in developing our global business," commented Roland Rudd, founder and chairman of Finsbury.