Ashurst Strengthens Asia Pacific Debt Capital Markets Practice With Partner Hire

International law firm Ashurst has strengthened its debt capital markets team with the appointment of Jini Lee as a partner in its Hong Kong-based Securities & Derivatives Group.

Joining from Linklaters, Jini has wide-ranging international capital markets expertise and has experience in advising both issuers and underwriters in bond transactions, medium term notes, liability management exercises and equity-linked transactions.

Jini had previously worked in the Hong Kong and London offices of Linklaters. She is fluent in Mandarin and is qualified as a solicitor in Hong Kong, England and Wales and as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore.

Commenting on the appointment, Paul Jenkins, Co-head of Ashurst’s Finance Division, said:

“The continued growth of the offshore RMB bond market and the need for China to diversify away from domestic funding for outbound M&A activities means that DCM is a growth area. Jini has significant experience of advising many of the leading banks for China-based DCM work as well as the most active corporate issuers in the market. Her appointment complements the recent hire of Chin Chuan Chen and his team in Beijing, which will give us an even stronger offering to Chinese banks and international banks operating in China. Her hire further strengthens our existing securities and derivatives practice to provide clients with complete coverage of US, English and Hong Kong law capability across a full suite of capital market products.”

Jini Lee added:

“Ashurst has ambitious plans for its global finance practice and I am very excited to be joining the team to help develop and grow the DCM offering in the region. The Asian DCM market continues to develop at a rapid pace and I look forward to helping to build and further develop Ashurst’s capability in this area.”

Ashurst has more than 200 partners and over 750 lawyers in Asia Pacific and with Jini’s appointment, this brings the total number of partners in the Hong Kong office to 16.

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