Ashurst expands debt capital markets expertise with partner hire

Global law firm Ashurst announces the appointment of Jessica Li as partner in the global markets group, based in Hong Kong.

Jessica joins from Allen & Overy where she has worked since 2013, prior to which she was trained at Clifford Chance in Hong Kong and London. Jessica’s practise focuses on debt capital markets in Greater China, and her key clients include local and international banks and financial institutions, as well as other corporate entities. She advises on various debt and equity-related capital market products, and has experience in advising issuers and dealers on various debt capital market transactions, including standalone bond offerings, MTN programme establishment and note issuances thereunder, hybrid securities offerings, equity-linked debt products and Basel III compliant regulatory capital issuances, with a special focus on China-related markets. She is qualified in Hong Kong, and native in Mandarin and fluent in English and Cantonese.

Asia head of global loans and global markets practice Patrick Phua commented, “Jessica’s appointment demonstrates our commitment to growth in the region, and she is the perfect complement to our existing team. She 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 expertise in capital markets will be invaluable as we continue to expand and support our clients across Asia.”

Jini Lee, regional head of Asia and global co-head of the finance, funds and restructuring division, added, “Jessica is a well-regarded practitioner and we are delighted she will be joining us. The market is very active, with high-rated Chinese issuers in the capital intensive industries as well as Chinese investment banks increasingly looking internationally to raise debt financing. Jessica’s expertise and depth of experience will help to us to capitalise on these opportunities.”

Jessica said, “I look forward to joining Ashurst’s Hong Kong office. The firm has a very strong platform which ideally fits with my practice and the team is exceptional. I look forward to contributing my expertise, particularly across China, to the Ashurst offering.”

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