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12 July 2010, Hong Kong Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced today Jason T. Elder has joined Mayer Brown LLP as a partner in Hong Kong.

Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Jason was a partner at Sidley Austin LLP in Hong Kong and has been based in Hong Kong since January 2001.  He has extensive experience advising issuers and underwriters on capital markets transactions, particularly global offerings of debt and equity securities including a range of high-yield, hybrid and structured debt products. Jason’s experience also includes early-round private equity financing, cross-border M&A transactions and debt restructuring.

Jason's appointment represents a significant step in Mayer Brown's strategic plan to grow its capital markets presence globally. The firm’s New York office added three lateral partners earlier this year.

"We are very pleased to have Jason on board. The appointment of Jason reinforces our commitment to build a world-class capital markets practice in Asia." said Elaine Lo, Senior Partner and Asia Chair.

Jason will work alongside Mark Uhrynuk, a U.S. corporate and securities partner who relocated from the firm’s London office to Hong Kong in January last year. 

"Jason is a commercially-astute lawyer and has been recognised for his experience and capabilities in capital markets throughout the Asia-Pacific region.  He has been based in Hong Kong for almost 10 years, advising clients in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Mongolia, South Korea, Taiwan and India. I look forward greatly to working with Jason to grow our practice in Asia” said Mark Uhrynuk, partner of Mayer Brown LLP.

Eddie Best, the US-based Co-head of Capital Markets said, “Jason is an excellent addition to the Mayer Brown team in Hong Kong. He will play a key role in the firm’s growth of its capital markets practice in Asia.” 

Jason is widely recognised by the market. He was ranked as “Leading Lawyer: Equity Capital Markets” and “Leading Lawyer: Debt Capital Markets” by IFLR 1000.  He was also ranked as “Leading Individual: High Yield Capital Markets (US Law)”, “Leading Individual: Capital Markets (US Law)” and “Leading Individual: Overseas Counsel, Indonesia” by Chambers Asia

Jason received his bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon School of Law.