Alice Hsu Spotlighted in Metropolitan Corporate Counsel’s Women in Business & Law Feature
Akin Gump corporate partner Alice Hsu has been featured in a special “Women in Business & Law” section of Metropolitan Corporate Counsel discussing her career and sharing some stories about successes and challenges.
Hsu said she decided to become a lawyer because she thought it “would be a fun job to have,” gaining inspiration from television shows she watched while growing up. She turned to corporate law after realizing that litigation wasn’t for her. As an economics major in college, and with a long-held interest in the stock market and investing, “it made much more sense,” she said, “representing companies and helping them make money.”
Discussing what she has enjoyed over the years, Hsu mentioned “advising clients and boards on strategic capital-raising transactions that are complicated and need to be completed under intense time pressure.” In particular, she said, she likes “the energy when working on a deal that needs to get done quickly and correctly … and having it all come together to accomplish a result that is positive and helpful for a company’s ongoing business strategy.”
Part of Hsu’s practice is spent on pro bono activities, which this past year has included working on behalf of the Korematsu Center for Law & Equality, run by one of her law school professors. She also co-chairs the corporate leadership committee of the New York Women’s Foundation, a nonprofit focused on women and families in New York City.
Hsu attributed her success at overcoming certain gender-based obstacles to her ability to build lasting relationships. She tries, she said, “to get to know people and make them comfortable” with her.” She is also a big supporter of mentoring junior lawyers, particularly when it comes to “guiding younger women to really understand the business that they are in and get to know the right people.”
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