New partner further strengthens Ashurst Asia Pacific Finance practice

Ashurst announces the appointment of Nigel Pridmore as a partner in its Finance team.

Nigel, who will be based in Ashurst’s Hong Kong office, joins the firm from Linklaters where he has been a partner since 1998. He specialises in advising investment banks, corporations and sovereigns on complex debt capital markets (DCM) transactions including equity-linked debt, Renminbi denominated bonds in the offshore Chinese currency market bank and insurance company regulatory capital, ratings and accounting-driven corporate hybrid bonds, sovereign debt, pre-IPO and other illiquid financings and liability management.

He has over 25 years’ experience working in both developed and emerging markets across the Asia Pacific, Western Europe, the Americas, Russia, various CEE and CIS countries, and Africa. Nigel was previously based in Hong Kong between 2006 and 2010.

Paul Jenkins, co-head of the global finance division, said:
“Nigel joining our firm further enhances the team’s ability to provide the highest quality advice and service to our clients in DCM, as well as other complex finance transactions.

“His appointment, as well as the recent appointment of Jennifer Schlosser in Sydney, adds further depth to our DCM and structured DCM offering, not just in Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific but globally. In this we are responding to, and supporting, our clients’ increased focus on capital markets solutions.

“Nigel’s appointment is one of many significant steps Ashurst’s Finance team in the Asia Pacific region has made in recent months to add to our client offering, including the strategic relocation of key partners to Asia, lateral hires and internal promotions to partnership.”

Anna Delgado, head of the global debt capital markets team, said:
“As global banks shrink their balance sheets to meet new capital adequacy requirements, DCM plays a significantly greater role as a funding source. In the last few years, we have made considerable investment into strengthening our practice, having recently hired Francis Kucera from Linklaters and Derwin Jenkinson from Clifford Chance. Given Nigel’s expertise and reputation in the market, this appointment will greatly enhance our core capital markets practice in the Asia Pacific. We are confident that he will make a substantial contribution to the global team.”

Nigel Pridmore added:
“I am very much looking forward to joining the firm. Ashurst has very ambitious plans for its global DCM practice and this is a great opportunity to help drive them forward.”

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