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Jonathan Silver

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OVERVIEW

Jonathan is a partner of Maples and Calder's Finance team in the Maples Group's Hong Kong office.  He also heads the shipping practice for Asia, and is a Notary Public appointed in Hong Kong and the Chairman of the Hong Kong Society of Marshall Islands Attorneys.

Jonathan has over 15 years of experience in advising American, European, Hong Kong and PRC banks / sponsors / borrowers / lessors and private equity on general banking and finance, working capital loans, syndicated and bilateral lending, secured lending, structured trade and commodity finance and debt capital markets.  His specialisms include ship finance, ship lease finance, sale and purchase and other commercial shipping contracts, i.e. building contracts, refund guarantees, performance guarantees, JVs between shipowners, etc.  Jonathan has particular experience of finance and lease finance structures used by PRC banks and PRC lessors and other financial leasing companies.  Jonathan is admitted in England and Wales, Hong Kong, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and BVI. He can speak, read and write Mandarin Chinese and speaks conversational Cantonese.

BACKGROUND

Jonathan joined the Maples Group in Hong Kong in 2019 and was previously a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright Hong Kong.  Prior to that, he worked in the banking and finance departments of a major international law firm and a boutique Hong Kong law firm.  Jonathan is widely recognised as a leading practitioner, having been acknowledged in Chambers Global as "a pivotal player in this area, with lease-based financing and project financing being his main areas of focus" and ranked as a "Leading Individual" by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and appraised for his "specialist knowledge of shipping finance matters".

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

2016 - Notary Public, appointed in Hong Kong

2019 - Chairman, Hong Kong Society of Marshall Islands Attorneys

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Finance

Banking

Asset Finance

LANGUAGES

Cantonese

English

Mandarin

BAR ADMISSIONS

2005 – Admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong (not practising)

2006 – Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales (registered in Hong Kong as an English solicitor (not advising on English Law))

2017 – Admitted as a solicitor in the Republic of the Marshall Islands

2020 – Admitted as a solicitor of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands)

EDUCATION

London University, School of Chinese and African Studies (S.O.A.S.), 1995

City University, London, Diploma in Law, 2001

City University of Hong Kong, PCLL., 2002

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