Jonathan

Silver

Partner

Legal Services

Hong Kong   

T :  +852 3690 7443

M :  +852 6011 7496

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Expertise

Jonathan is a partner in the Maples Group's law firm in Hong Kong.  He 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/lessors/owners on banking and finance, 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). He specialises in shipping/ship finance/ship lease finance structures used by PRC banks and PRC lessors and other financial leasing companies. Jonathan is admitted in England and Wales, Hong Kong, Ireland and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. He can speak, read and write Mandarin Chinese, and speaks conversational Cantonese.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Finance

Banking

Asset Finance

Shipping

Languages

Cantonese
English
Mandarin

Background

Jonathan joined the Maples Group in 2019 and was previously a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright in Hong Kong.  Prior to that, he worked at 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 recommended by The Legal 500 and appraised as "very experienced" and "provides solution-oriented and commercial advice". 

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 Ireland
2017 – Admitted as a solicitor in the Republic of the Marshall Islands
2020 – Admitted as a solicitor in 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
 

Professional Activities

2019 - Chairman, Hong Kong Society of Marshall Islands Attorneys
2016 - Notary Public, appointed in Hong Kong

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