Ms Jacqueline Zheng > Kirkland & Ellis > Hong Kong, Hong Kong > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis
Hong Kong

Work Department

Debt Finance




Jacqueline Zheng is a partner in the debt finance team in the Hong Kong office of Kirkland & Ellis. Jacqueline has over 15 years’ experience advising private equity sponsors, credit funds and other strategic investors on complex cross-border acquisition financing, back leverage, margin loans, convertible instruments, structured financing and special situations transactions across the Asia Pacific region. Jacqueline has been named a “Leading Individual” in Banking & Finance by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020–2023. She has been recognized by Chambers Greater China 2023 and Chambers Global 2023 as a “Leading Lawyer” in Leveraged & Acquisition Finance, and by IFLR1000 2020–2023 as a “Highly Regarded” and “Women Leaders” in Banking. She was also named as “Banking & Finance Lawyer of the Year” by 2022 Euromoney APAC Women in Business Law Awards.


English, Mandarin, Shanghai Dialect


City University of Hong Kong, PCLL, 2007

University of New South Wales, LL.B.; B.Com., Finance, 2006

Lawyer Rankings

China > Banking and finance: foreign firms

Offering best-in-class advice and seamless deal execution‘, Kirkland & Ellis‘ banking and finance team in Asia is widely lauded for its representation of private equity sponsors, as well as the practice’s credit fund work. The Hong Kong-based practice is jointly led by Manas Chandrashekar and Jacqueline Zheng, an expert in cross-border acquisition and structured financing, direct lending, and special situations deals. Another active adviser is Karen Ho, who acts for global private equity sponsors on financings.

Hong Kong > Banking and finance

(Leading individuals)

Jacqueline ZhengKirkland & Ellis

Benefitting from capabilities that are ‘second to none in terms of thought leadership and structuring innovation’, the banking and finance team at Kirkland & Ellis specialises not only in debt financing but also in broader interconnected investment and finance matters. The team frequently provides advice to private equity sponsors, credit funds, and corporate investors across a range of debt products. Co-led by Manas Chandrashekar, who is highly sought after by prominent sponsors and borrowers for complex international financing transactions with a focus on acquisition and leveraged financings, and Jacqueline Zheng, who recently represented some of the region’s largest private equity sponsors in high-profile LBO transactions, the practice excels. Other key figures include Karen Ho, who concentrates on advising global private equity sponsors in leveraged finance and structured financing transactions, and Gautam Agarwal, who played a recent role in Baring Private Equity Asia’s (BPEA) take-private of Gonko International, a transaction that stands as the largest Taiwan take-private deal in the consumer sector to date.