Joanna Jiang
Joanna Jiang

Joanna (Ying) Jiang

Tel 202.661.7644
Fax 202.661.2299
Washington, DC

Joanna (Ying) Jiang works with investment companies and advisers, trust fund managers, brokers, hedge funds, and private equity funds in a variety of investment management matters. Ms. Jiang advises the independent directors of mutual funds in matters relating to their fiduciary duties and other duties, helps negotiate changes to certain proposed transactions that improves the prospects for approval of the transactions under the appropriate fairness tests, conducts and documents necessary interviews, and assists the committees in engaging valuation, accounting, investment banking, and other experts to assist them in their work, where necessary.

Ms. Jiang’s experience extends into advising multinational companies on matters involving international taxation, cross-border transactions, and both inbound and outbound investments in Asia. She has extensive experience representing Asia and Greater China-based companies conducting business in the United States, including market access, direct investments, public and private funds, capital markets, technology transfers, and regulatory matters.

Ms. Jiang also represents real estate developers and public and private companies seeking capital under the EB-5 program to fund their projects. She assists principals and developers with the formation of regional centers or by joining with an existing regional center through a rental model or arm's length investment. She handles all legal aspects of the preparation and filing of regional center applications, including drafting project business plans, I-526 templates, securities offering documents, loan documents, and corporate documents for compliance with the EB-5 program requirements. 

Pro Bono Experience

Ms. Jiang advises federal inmates on their clemency applications through Clemency Project 2014. Four of her pro bono clients have been granted commutation of sentence by President Obama.

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Washington, D.C.

Recognition & Accomplishments

Ballard Spahr’s 2016 Pro Bono Award for work on the Clemency Project


Co-author, "China's Stringent New Rules on Yuan Transfers Could Hinder EB-5 Fundraising," Ballard Spahr alert, January 5, 2017 

Co-author, "IRS Issues Proposed Regulations Providing Guidance on the Tax Qualification of Mutual Funds," Ballard Spahr article, December 13, 2016 

Co-author, "EB-5 Program Gets Temporary Extension; USCIS Issues New EB-5 Policy Manual," Ballard Spahr alert, December 13, 2016

Co-author, "Significant Increases to EB-5 Program Filing Fees Begin December 23, 2016," Ballard Spahr alert, November 8, 2016  

Co-author, "EB-5 Program Extended by Continuing Resolution to December 9 Without Changes," Ballard Spahr alert, October 7, 2016

Co-author, "Investment Adviser AXA Wins Excessive Fee Trial," Ballard Spahr Investment Management Update, September 2016

Co-author, "SEC Charges Hedge Fund Manager and Advisory Firm with Insider Trading," Ballard Spahr Investment Management Update, September 2016

Co-author, "The Securities and Exchange Commission Adopts Amendments to Form ADV and Investment Adviser Act Rules," Ballard Spahr Investment Management Update, September 2016

Co-author, "SEC Issues Guidance on Business Continuity Planning for Registered Investment Companies," Ballard Spahr Investment Management Update, July 2016

Co-author, "FINRA Proposes Amendments to Rules Governing Communications with the Public," Ballard Spahr Investment Management Update, July 2016

Co-author, "MSRB Rule G-37 Amendments on Political Contributions and Related Issues Are Deemed Approved," Ballard Spahr Investment Management Update, July 2016

Co-author, "SEC Issues Guidance Addressing Fund Disclosure Reflecting Risks Related to Current Market Conditions," Ballard Spahr Investment Management Update, May 2016

Co-author, "SEC Issues Guidance on Mutual Fund Distribution and Sub-Accounting Fees," Ballard Spahr Investment Management Update, April 2016

Co-author, "SEC Proposes Rule Regulating Derivatives," Ballard Spahr Investment Management Update, March 2016

Co-author, "SEC Settles First 'Distribution-in Guise' Case," Ballard Spahr Investment Management Update, December 2015

Recent Speaking Engagements

Speaker, "Smart Manufacturing and Capital Market," 2016 U.S.-China Smart Manufacturing Summit, Washington, D.C., October 31, 2016

Washington University School of Law (LL.M. in Taxation 2014; J.D. 2013)

Peking University (B.A., LL.B. 2007)



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