Jeff Chen heads the structured finance practice at Dentons Hong Kong with a coverage that spans all of Asia.

Jeff has over 15 years' experience in Asia as a legal practitioner in all areas of fixed income, including debt capital markets, securitization, structured finance, project finance and distressed debt. His practice is focused on limited recourse and cross-border financing structures of all types. He is also familiar with structured notes and derivatives. He has worked on many high-profile cross-border securitization transactions in Asia over the past decade, including the first wrapped cross-border residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) offerings out of Korea and Taiwan. Jeff has established distressed debt facilities and funds for the acquisition and servicing of non-performing loans in China and Asia.

Jeff has advised clients on multi-jurisdictional bankruptcy litigation following the global financial crisis in 2008. In particular, Jeff advised numerous Hong Kong entities in the close-out, valuation and workout of derivatives (both standalone and embedded) against Lehman Brothers debtors in US Chapter 11 and various Lehman entities in Europe.

Jeff is ranked as a leading lawyer in the Chambers & Partners Global Guide and in Chambers Asia (2008-2010) and in IFLR's Guide to the World's Leading Structured Finance and Securitization Lawyers. He is listed by Asia Legal Business as one of 19 lawyers in "The Experts" category in the ALB Hot 100 Lawyers of 2011. Under Jeff's leadership, Dentons Hong Kong was named "Structured Finance Law Firm of the Year in Hong Kong" for both 2015 and 2016 by both Global Law Experts and Corporate INTL.

Jeff received his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and his M.A. and B.A. degrees from the University of Michigan. He is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia and is a licensed solicitor in Hong Kong. He serves on the Professional Advisory Board of the Asian Institute of International Financial Law, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong.

Insights

  • "Foreign, Cross-Border, Privately-Negotiated Acquisitions and Dispositions of China's Non-Performing Loans," The Journal of Structured Finance, Fall 2016
  • "Chinese RMBS - Challenges and Solutions," International Financial Law Review, May 2016
  • "Securitization in China: Overview and Issues," The Journal of Structured Finance, Spring 2015
  • "The Volcker Rule's Impact on Foreign Banking Organizations," Banking Today, Hong Kong Institute of Bankers, May/June 2014
  • "Extra-Territorial Impact of The US Dodd-Frank Act," ASEAN Bankers Association, September 2012
  • "The Hong Kong Chapter," The PLC Cross-Border Finance Handbook: Securitisation 2010/2011
  • "HK Bankruptcy Swap Carve-Outs Too Narrow," Derivatives Week, November 15, 2010
  • "Credit Default Swaps - Are They Contracts of Insurance?," Journal of The Hong Kong Institute of Bankers, Issue No.44, Jan–Feb 2009
  • "Hong Kong," The International Comparative Legal Guide to Securitisation, Chapter 22, 2007
  • "Case Study on Korean Cross-Border RMBS: The KFB3 Securitization," The Journal of Structured Finance, Spring, 2005
  • "SEC Adopts Final Rules for Asset-Backed Securities," selected as feature in Martindale-Hubbell's Counsel to Counsel Securities Alert & International Securitization & Finance Report, March 31 and April 15, 2005
  • "Record Breaking Cross-Border RMBS Closes in Korea: Deal Size and Length Illustrate Strength of the Market," International Securitization and Structured Finance Report, 2004
  • "SEC Proposes New Rules for Asset-Backed Securities," Jones Day publication, May 2004
  • "The Korean Securitisation Market," Asia Legal Business, November 2003
  • "Taiwan Puts Securitization Framework in Place," International Financial Law Review, 2002
  • "Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000," Jones Day publication, April 2001

Activities and Affiliations

Presentations

  • Debtwire Asia-Pacific Distressed Debt Forum: Hong Kong, June 2017, panelist on "Issues, Indicators, and Impact of China's Chronic Economic Slowdown"
  • The 2nd China International NPL Investment and Development Forum: Hong Kong, September 2016, panelist on "NPL Investment Opportunities"
  • China Securitization Forum 2016 Annual Conference: Beijing, April 2016, panelist on "Global RMBS Comparison"
  • U.S. Structured Finance Industry Group (SFIG) and IMN: "ABS West" Las Vegas, February 2015, solo presenter on "China Securitization - Overview and Issues"
  • ISDA Over-the-Counter Derivatives Conferences: Beijing, September 2014; Taipei, February 2014; Singapore, January 2014; Beijing, September 2013; Singapore, July 2013; Seoul, July 2013; Sydney, May 2013; Hong Kong, March 2013; Singapore, February 2013; Tokyo, October 2012; Singapore, October 2012; Beijing, September 2012; Shanghai, June 2012; Singapore, May 2012; Taipei, April 2012; Seoul, March 2012; Hong Kong, February 2012; Shanghai, June 2011; Taipei, May 2011; Seoul, March 2011; Singapore, January 2011; Hong Kong, October 2010
  • ISDA Asia Regional Conferences: Sydney/Singapore/Tokyo, October 2014; Hong Kong, October 2011; Hong Kong, October 2010
  • ISDA 2011 Asia Pacific Regulators Summit, Bangkok, May 2011
  • ISDA Master Agreements and CSA Conferences: Hong Kong, June 2015; Singapore, August 2014; Hong Kong, July 2014; Hong Kong, June 2013; Hong Kong, July 2012; Hong Kong, September 2010; Beijing, August 2010 (in Mandarin); Shanghai, June 2010 (in Mandarin); Taipei, June 2010 (in Mandarin); Seoul, March 2010
  • ISDA/Markit Collaboration on Dodd-Frank Protocol and Relevance to Asia, webinar, July 2012
  • 30th IOMA, The WFE Derivatives Conference, Busan, May 2013
  • IMN securitization conferences: Beijing, November 2008; Beijing, November 2007; Macau, April 2007; Hong Kong, June 2006; Hong Kong, May 2005; Seoul, September 2004; Barcelona, June 2004; Seoul, September 2003
  • Euromoney/Terrapin/Securitisation World conferences: Beijing, March 2010; Seoul, March 2008; Singapore, December 2006; Singapore, November 2005; Hong Kong, November 2004
  • INSTO securitization conferences: Sydney, November 2005; Sydney, May 2005; Sydney, November 2004

Memberships

  • Co-Chair, Committee on NPL Securitization, China Securitization Forum
  • Asia-Pacific Legal and Regulatory Committee of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA)
  • Professional Advisory Board, Asian Institute of International Financial Law, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong