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Joyce Sophia Xu

Partner, Corporate Department

New York

Phone: 1(212) 318-6080
Fax: 1(212) 303-7080


Joyce Sophia Xu is a corporate partner based in the Paul Hastings New York office. Ms. Xu heads up the firm’s global Derivatives practice as well as the firm’s global Libor Transition Task Force. Her clients range from financial institutions and corporations to hedge funds and private equity funds.

Ms. Xu has been recognized and ranked by Chambers Global and Chambers USA every year since 2011. She was named to Crain’s New York Business’s 40 Under 40 list in 2011. Ms. Xu has authored a large collection of articles and book chapters on both Libor transition and derivatives products and regulations. For her book chapter titled, "U.S. Corporate and Regulatory Aspects of Equity Derivatives," in Equity Derivatives: Documenting and Understanding Equity Derivative Products (Globe Law & Business, Globe Business Publishing Ltd. 2009, pp. 357–384), she received the Burton Award for Achievement in Legal Writing. 

Ms. Xu also co-authored Reflections on Dodd-Frank: A Look Back and a Look Forward, a compendium of articles that review and analyze key rulemaking developments under the Dodd-Frank Act.


  • Named to Crain’s 40 Under 40 list (2011) 
  • Awarded Asian American Business Development Center’s Outstanding 50 Asian Americans Business Award 
  • Named one of the world’s leading lawyers for business by Chambers Global (2011–2020) and Chambers USA (2011–2020) 
  • Recognized as a leading lawyer by IFLR1000 


  • Columbia Law School, J.D., 2000 (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar) 
  • Pennsylvania State University, B.S., 1997 (University Scholars Program, Tau Beta Pi)

Engagement & Publications


  • Member of the ISDA Equity Derivatives Committee 
  • Member of the ISDA Accounting & Equity Working Group 
  • Member of the Derivatives and Structured Products Law Committee of the New York State Bar Association

Practice Areas

Securities and Capital Markets
LIBOR Transition




New York Bar


Columbia Law School, J.D. 2000
The Pennsylvania State University, B.S. 1997

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