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Cadwalader adds structured finance lawyer to Hong Kong office

Structured finance and derivatives lawyer Jeffrey H Chen has joined Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft’s Hong Kong office as partner.  Chen, formerly with Mayer Brown JSM in Hong Kong, will be a part of the Capital Markets team.

"Jeff is a highly regarded capital markets lawyer.  He brings to Cadwalader extensive knowledge of and experience with complex structured finance products," says Christopher White, Chairman of Cadwalader. "With great talent like Jeff, we continue to develop our full suite of debt, equity and hybrid capital markets services to clients throughout Asia.  We look forward to his contributions to the Firm and to Cadwalader’s continued growth and success in Asia."

"Jeff is experienced in limited recourse financing structures of all types, including asset-backed loans and asset-backed securities," says Rocky Lee, Head of Cadwalader’s Asia practice. "He has pioneered limited recourse receivables financing in mainland China under existing PRC law.  I am honoured to welcome him to our office and our firm."

Chen has advised on many of the headline structured finance transactions in Asia over the past decade, including Huarong AMC NPLs, Samsung Life RMBS, HKMC’s cross-border Korean securitisations, and more recently a slew of complex structured notes and derivatives litigation arising out of the global Lehman bankruptcy proceedings.

"Cadwalader will be by far the best platform that I will have ever worked on in my career in structured finance," says Chen. "The firm is absolutely top-tier in this practice area globally, and I am delighted to have the opportunity of spear-heading the firm’s structured finance initiatives into Asia."

"Our European capital markets clients with interests in Asia will benefit greatly from Jeff’s breadth of experience on the ground in Hong Kong," says Angus Duncan, Managing Partner of Cadwalader’s London office.

Chen received a BA and an MA in History from the University of Michigan and graduated from George Washington University with his law degree. He is licensed to practice law in Washington, D.C., New York and Hong Kong.  

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