Simmons hires Hong Kong finance partner from Standard Chartered Bank

Simmons & Simmons has taken on Hong Kong capital markets partner Jay Lee, who joins from Standard Chartered Bank.

Prior to joining Simmons, Lee was head of debt capital markets legal for North East Asia at Standard Chartered, responsible for capital markets legal matters in China, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan and Japan.

Lee has also worked at Citigroup, Korean firm Shin & Kim and Skadden. He is dual-qualified in Hong Kong and New York.

According to Simmons financial institutions head Jonathan Hammond, Lee will focus on developing the firm’s debt capital markets practice in China, with an emphasis on RMB bonds.

Last October, two experienced RMB bonds lawyers, partner Sau-Wing Mak and consultant Kevin Tong, left Simmons to join Mallesons’ Hong Kong office (27 September 2011). In March this year, Simmons hired financial markets partner Yongmei Evers Ca, from King & Wood Mallesons in Beijing (1 March 2012).

Apart from Hong Kong, Simmons has placed Singapore high on its international growth aganda. The firm’s managing partner Jeremy Hoyland told The Lawyer that his firm had been mulling an office launch in Singapore (23 July 2012)