Alice Hsu is a corporate partner in Akin Gump’s New York office, focusing on securities and general corporate matters. Recently, she has blogged about developments involving social media, for example here and here.
Q: What is your main practice area?
A: I advise and represent issuers, underwriters and selling stockholders in public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities. Specifically, most of my day-to-day advice involves helping clients with issues related to federal securities regulation, corporate governance, disclosure and reporting and other general corporate matters.
Q: How has your practice evolved over the years?
A: Over the last decade, the federal securities laws have evolved a few times, including the Securities Offering Reform in 2005, the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010 and the JOBS Act in 2012. It has been interesting and stimulating to operate in this environment and keep pace with the changes and the various developments affecting our clients in order to provide them the best counsel.
Q: What are you working on that you never expected to be?
A: I never anticipated I would be a featured contributor on my law firm’s blog. When I started practicing, law firm websites were much plainer and not as sophisticated as they are now. Most of my blog posts have centered on emerging legal issues as applied to or concerning the use of social media. As we grow accustomed to using all these newly-developed ways of communicating with each other, it will become clear or less clear whether current laws are adequate or need to be changed to address the shifting landscape. As the co-head of our social media task force, I work with my colleagues in different practice areas and offices to advise clients on these issues as well as publish content for this blog and our firm website.
Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: Last October, I completed my first Tough Mudder in New Jersey with teammates from the New York corporate practice. It required some boot-camp and cardio training during the summer as well as some smart day-of fashion choices. Our team captain, a three-time Tough Mudder veteran, Trey Muldrow, made sure we got through the obstacle course together safely as a team which is why we all had our 1.5 seconds of fame. Can you spot me in the video?