From left to right: Alexander Dmitrenko, Jessica Li

Ashurst has hired Alexander Dmitrenko as an associate in its dispute resolution practice in Tokyo and Jessica Li as an associate in the global markets group in Hong Kong.

Dmitrenko was Asia Sanctions Manager at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Tokyo for over six years, beginning in 2015. Jessica joined Allen & Overy in Hong Kong, where she was a lawyer for three and a half years.

Dmitrenko has over 15 years of experience specializing in white collar advocacy, internal investigations, sanctions and export controls, and dispute resolution. He also advises financial institutions and other businesses on compliance and risk mitigation measures related to US-China regulatory tensions and potential conflict of laws.

Li’s practice focuses on debt capital markets in Greater China, and her primary clients include local and international banks, financial institutions and other businesses. She advises on various debt and equity related capital market products.

Ashurst’s head of dispute resolution for Asia-Pacific, Jeremy Chenoweth in Brisbane, said economic sanctions and, to some extent, export controls were an important aspect of geopolitical trade relations.

“Our clients are paying increasing attention to the importance of compliance both to manage risk and as part of increased attention to ESG issues,”
said Chenoweth.

Jini Lee, regional head for Asia and global co-head of the finance, funds and restructuring division in Hong Kong, added that the market was very active, with well-rated Chinese issuers in capital-intensive sectors as well as than Chinese investment banks. are increasingly looking internationally to raise funds through debt. “Jessica’s expertise and depth of experience will help us capitalize on these opportunities,” Lee said.

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