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Kirkland & Ellis
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Jesse Sheley is a partner in the Hong Kong office of Kirkland & Ellis. Jesse focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions where he represents private equity firms and public and private companies, including SPACs and their targets, in a variety of public and private cross-border transactions. Jesse’s transactional practice spans the range of M&A activity, including LBOs, de-SPACs, take private transactions, PIPEs, equity investments and other complex cross-border transactions.

Jesse has been recognized as a key individual in private equity by Chambers Asia Pacific and as “Highly Regarded” in M&A and Private Equity by IFLR1000. In 2015, Law360 selected Jesse as one of five Private Equity “Rising Stars” in its list of top attorneys under 40.


English, Mandarin (conversational)


Indiana University (JD, 2003; MPA, 2003; BA, 1999)

Lawyer Rankings

China > Private equity: foreign firms

Drawing upon the firm’s global network, the China private equity practice at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP regularly handles the largest and most complex PE deals in the region, from joint ventures and PIPEs to LBOs and other M&A transactions. The offering is jointly led from Hong Kong by Gary Li and Jesse Sheley; with the former vastly experienced in complex leveraged buy-outs, take-privates and growth equity investments, and the latter a trusted advisor to PE firms, public and private companies, as well as SPACs and their targets. Peng Yu’s practice focuses exclusively on PE and M&A matters, with notable strengths in the technology, education, healthcare and life sciences sectors, while Joey Chau is highly regarded for her expertise in the Chinese market.

China > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP‘s China team is consistently sought out by public and private companies to advise on high-stakes M&A deals. The multidisciplinary team comprises specialists in public and private M&A, capital markets, finance, private funds and other transactional practices, and it is particularly active in SPAC M&A transactions. The practice is jointly led from the Hong Kong office by Pierre-Luc Arsenault, Joey ChauDavid Patrick Eich and Paul Guan, alongside Gary LiNicholas NorrisJesse SheleyPeng Yu and David Zhang.

Hong Kong > Corporate (including M&A)

Kirkland & Ellis houses a broad team with deep experience in the full range of corporate transactional issues, regularly assisting both Hong Kong and US listed companies. In the past year, the group has handled debt financing matters, voluntary share buy-back offers, and privatisations. Joey Chau is particularly adept at advising on take-privates, often handling public M&A issues and share buybacks of listed companies. Nicholas Norris has longstanding expertise in acting for private equity investors and investment banks in buyouts and listings, whilst Jesse Sheley represents a wide range of clients, including SPACs and private equity firms, and advises on PIPEs, and leveraged buyouts. Peng Yu maintains a private equity focused practice, often advising on growth capital investments and divestitures within the healthcare, technology, and infrastructure sectors.

Hong Kong > Private equity

Kirkland & Ellis houses a broad team which acts for a wide range of notable clients, including Bain Capital and Baring Private Equity Asia. The group is noted for its strength in handling debt financing matters and series financings for a wide variety of real estate funds and SPACs, and is led by Gary Li, who heads the practice alongside Jesse Sheley. Li has broad expertise in leveraged buy-outs, growth equity investments, and take-private transactions; while Sheley assists both domestic and international private equity funds and sponsors with a broad range of transactional issues, including PIPEs and de-SPACs. Peng Yu regularly advises marquee corporates on growth capital investments and divestitures, in addition to the formation of joint ventures.