Jurisdiction - Japan
Ashurst Announces New Managing Partners In Asia.

22 June, 2015


Ashurst announces that corporate partner, Lina Lee, has been appointed as Managing Partner of Hong Kong and corporate and projects partner, Rupert Burrows, has been appointed  Managing Partner of Tokyo.


Lina specialises in equity capital markets, particularly IPOs and secondary offerings, as well as public and private M&A. She has extensive experience of advising investment banks and corporate clients mainly within the Greater China region.


Having worked in Tokyo for over 20 years, Rupert has a wealth of expertise in overseas infrastructure projects, in the electricity, oil and gas, chemicals and transport sectors and corporate M&A deals.


Lina replaces partner Robert Ogilvy Watson who re-joins the London corporate M&A practice. Robert is a member of the firm’s Board and will continue to work with Asia-based clients. Rupert replaces project finance partner John McClenahan.


Commenting on the appointments, Ashurst managing partner James Collis said:


“We have an incredibly strong management team in Asia and ambitious plans to strengthen our client offering in the region even further. Lina has excellent leadership skills and she will play a critical strategic role in driving forward the future growth and development of our Hong Kong office. Rupert is widely acknowledged as one of the leaders in his field and has played a key role in the ongoing success of the Tokyo office over the years. I congratulate both Lina and Rupert on their appointments.”


Lina Lee commented:


“Helping to build and further develop our business in Hong Kong is an exciting challenge. We have an incredibly strong offering and I will work with the team to help strengthen our position as one of the leading firms in the Hong Kong market. The firm has made significant investment into the Asia Pacific region and I am fully confident that we will continue to capitalise on all opportunities.”


Rupert Burrows said:


“Operating in Tokyo for 25 years, we have significant strength in our key areas of project finance, banking and corporate and we undertake some of the market’s most high profile and complex transactions for Japanese clients. Earlier in the year we announced that senior partners Matt Bubb (Head of Asia) and Dominic Gregory were relocating to further strengthen the business. I am looking forward to ensuing we capitalise on all opportunities, working closely with other offices across Asia, Australia, Europe, the UAE and the US.”


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