Jonathan Silver is a finance partner in the Maples Group's law firm in Hong Kong. He heads the shipping practice for Asia, and is a Notary Public appointed in Hong Kong and the Chairman of the Hong Kong Society of Marshall Islands Attorneys.
Jonathan has over 15 years of experience in advising American, European, Hong Kong and PRC banks/lessors/owners on ship finance, ship lease finance, sale and purchase and other commercial shipping contracts (i.e. building contracts, refund guarantees, performance guarantees, jvs between shipowners etc). He specialises in shipping/ship finance/ship lease finance structures used by PRC banks and PRC lessors and other financial leasing companies. Jonathan is admitted in England and Wales, Hong Kong, Ireland and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. He can speak, read and write Mandarin Chinese, and speaks conversational Cantonese.
Jonathan joined the Maples Group's legal services division in Hong Kong in 2019 and was previously a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright Hong Kong. Prior to that, he worked at a major international law firm and a boutique Hong Kong law firm. Jonathan is widely recognised as a leading practitioner, having been acknowledged in Chambers Global as "a pivotal player in this area, with lease-based financing and project financing being his main areas of focus" and recommended by The Legal 500 and appraised as "very experienced" and "provides solution-oriented and commercial advice".