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. Joanna regularly advises clients on federal regulatory and compliance matters (in particular, the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940), fund formation and operation, a full range of mutual fund distribution arrangements, mergers and acquisitions, and all issues associated with the organization and operation of investment advisers, including entity organization, taxation, employment matters, trademark and other IP issues, and acquisitions and other corporate transactions. Joanna advises the independent directors and trustees of mutual funds on their fiduciary and other duties, helps negotiate changes to proposed transactions that improve prospects for approval under the appropriate fairness tests, conducts and documents necessary interviews, and assists in engaging valuation, accounting, investment banking, and other experts as necessary.

Joanna's experience extends into advising multinational companies on 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.

Joanna 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 them 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 and EB-5 securities offerings, including drafting project business plans, securities offering documents, escrow agreements, subscription agreements, loan documents, and corporate documents for compliance with the EB-5 program requirements. She also handles EB-5 investigations and litigation.

Pro Bono Experience

Joanna has been actively involved in Ballard Spahr's pro bono programs. She advised federal inmates on their clemency applications through Clemency Project 2014, leading to four of her clients being granted commutation of sentence by President Obama. She also helps several nonprofit corporations on corporate and compliance matters.

Professional Activities

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, "Will Regulation A Take Off? Expansion Makes Exchange Act Reporting Companies Eligible," The Legal Intelligencer, January 28, 2019

Co-author, "SEC Adopts Final Rule Expanding Regulation A Exemption to Exchange Act Reporting Companies," Ballard Spahr alert, December 28, 2018

Co-author, “SEC Issues Guidance on Mutual Fund Fee Structure,” Ballard Spahr Investment Management Update, January 2017

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

Author, “Is Your EB-5 Investment ‘At Risk’?”, EB-5 Investors Magazine, March 24, 2015 

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, “The Role of Energy and Infrastructure in US-China Investment and Trade,” 2017 U.S.-China Investments and Financing Summit, Washington, D.C., October 4, 2017

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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