Jesse’s practice focuses on capital markets transactions involving Japanese and Asian issuers. A native English speaker, he is highly fluent in Japanese and proficient in Japanese business and legal writing. He regularly represents issuers and underwriters in connection with registered and unregistered offerings of debt securities, including both high–yield and investment–grade offerings. He also represents banks and issuers in connection with complex liability management exercises, including integrated consent solicitations, tender offers, and exchange offers.
Jesse has advised on multiple noteworthy offerings in Japan, including the first global high–yield offering by a Japanese company and the largest international bond offering ever by a Japanese issuer. He has also advised on a numerous benchmark hybrid securities offerings by Japanese and Asian issuers, including the largest hybrid securities offering ever by an Asian issuer.
While working in China, Jesse advised on a wide range of landmark transactions, including debt offerings for central state–owned enterprises, as well as innovative offerings for leading technology firms and high–yield issuers in the property and other sectors. He has also worked on capital markets transactions for a variety of issuers in South and Southeast Asia.
Jesse also represents issuers and underwriters in various kinds of equity offerings, ranging from common stock offerings to convertible bond offerings and other complex equity–linked transactions, including the second–largest equity–linked transaction in U.S. history and Asia’s largest convertible security offering. He is recommended in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific for Japan: Capital Markets.
Mr. Gillespie is recommended in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific for Japan: Capital Markets.
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