Jason T. Elder is a partner of Mayer Brown LLP and a Registered Foreign Consultant (New York, USA) of Mayer Brown JSM based in the Hong Kong office. Jason has extensive experience with a variety of corporate finance transactions, particularly global offerings of equity securities and a range of investment grade, high-yield, hybrid and structured debt products. Jason also has experience with early-round private equity financing, restructurings and cross-border mergers and acquisitions gained from transactions in the United States and Asia.
Jason has practiced law in Asia for over 15 years, advising both issuers and underwriters in public and private securities offerings in the United States as well as Hong Kong listings with international Rule 144A/Regulation S tranches, block trades and secondary placements. He is active across a broad range of industries in multiple jurisdictions, and has extensive experience advising U.S.-based corporations with their Asian operations as well as Asia-based corporations with regional and global expansion strategies.
Advised Mongolian Mortgage Corporation HFC LLC and MIK Holding JSC as the issuer and the guarantor in connection with its offering of US$250 million aggregate principal amount of 9.75% Senior Notes due 2022 as well as its subsequent US$50 million tap issuance.
Advised PT Indika Energy Tbk in connection with its issuance of US$575 million 5.875% Senior Notes due 2024. This transaction formed part of a larger "bridge-to-bond" acquisition financing that enabled Indika Energy to acquire an additional equity stake in the third-largest coal mine in Indonesia in a deal valued at US$677.5 million. The deal was recognised as “High Yield Deal of the Year” by the IFLR Asia Awards 2018, “Best High Yield Bond” by the Asset Regional Awards 2017, and “Deals of the Year” for 2017 by Asian-mena Counsel.
Advised the Government of Mongolia in connection with its issuance of US$600 million 8.75% Notes due 2024, which included an exchange offer for Development Bank of Mongolia’s US$580 million 5.75% notes due 2017 as well as a new money component. Credit Suisse and JPMorgan acted as joint lead managers and joint bookrunners for the deal, and SC Lowy acted as financial advisor for the Government. The transaction formed part of a larger debt reprofiling surrounding discussions with the International Monetary Fund in connection with its staff-level agreement to provide a three-year extended fund facility to Mongolia. The deal was recognised as "Best Mongolia Deal" for 2017 by the FinanceAsia Achievement Awards.
Jason serves as one of the global leaders of the firm’s Corporate & Securities practice following his service as the Corporate & Securities office practice leader for Hong Kong from 2014 to 2015. He is also a member of Mayer Brown's Partnership Board.