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Jonathan Leitch

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Jonathan has been a partner of DLA Piper since 2008 and is head of the Restructuring practice in Hong Kong. He advises all types of stakeholders in the restructuring and insolvency of distressed companies. Jonathan typically acts for a range of financial institutions, insolvency office holders, turnaround specialists, hedge funds, private equity firms and corporations. He is frequently involved in a range of cross-border matters and advises clients on all aspects of financial restructurings including wind-down and solvent liquidations, debt rescheduling, loan-to-own distressed investment strategies and debt-for-equity swaps together with enforcement options and formal insolvency matters. He has been involved with the restructuring of companies in a wide range of sectors, including retail, property, shipping, manufacturing and the hotel and leisure industry.


2008 - Date DLA Piper, Partner; 2005 - 2008 DLA Piper, Associate; 2000 - 2005 DLA Piper, Solicitor (13 months during 2003/2004 spent on secondment in the Global Restructuring Group at RBS);1998 - 2000 DLA Piper, Trainee Solicitor




Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales


Nottingham Trent (1993-1996), Law LL.B. (Hons)

Hong Kong

Restructuring and insolvency

Within: Leading individuals

Jonathan Leitch  - DLA Piper

Within: Restructuring and insolvency

Benefiting from 'deep technical knowledge and expertise in the restructuring and insolvency field', DLA Piper's three-partner team has 'deep expertise and creative ways of applying the law to come up with practical and innovative solutions for complex issues' on behalf of a broad roster of stakeholders including banks, funds, insolvency practitioners and corporates. 'Very experienced' team head Mark Fairbairn is praised for his 'deep technical knowledge, creativity and practical knowledge'; he continues to spearhead many of the most significant matters in the region including advising the ad hoc group of holders of $550m of New York law-governed bonds in connection with the enforcement of their rights against China Shanshui Cement. Praised for his 'very strong cross-border insolvency and restructuring background', Jonathan Leitch adds value to clients by virtue of his 'in-depth knowledge of not just Hong Kong and English law but also familiarity with PRC and US law'. Leitch continues to represent Rabobank, Standard Chartered Bank and DBS Bank as major creditors of the Pacific Andes Group of companies. Ashley Bell has extensive experience in disputes related to cross-border restructuring matters.

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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