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Ellie Crespi Partner

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Expertise and Professional Background

Ellie Crespi is a partner in Harneys’ Hong Kong office where she advises on British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands law. She is a member of the firm’s Finance & Corporate departments and the Asia Restructuring Unit.

Ellie advises leading onshore law firms, major international financial institutions and listed and private companies. She specialises in debt and equity financing and has advised on LBOs, margin financings, pre-export credit finance deals, credit derivative swaps, takeover financings, IPOs, take-private financings, aircraft and ship finance deals, s144 and Reg S bond issuances, MTN programmes, convertible bonds, acquisition finance, property finance and general corporate lending. Ellie also advises on financial and corporate restructurings and general corporate matters including special offshore products such as statutory mergers and continuations.

Ellie has experience in both established and emerging markets. Prior to joining Harneys in January 2013, Ellie worked in the banking team at Allen & Overy in Moscow and Hong Kong and at Cameron McKenna London and Moscow.

Ellie Crespi is a contributor to Bermuda Commercial Law, the authoritative guide to Bermuda’s commercial laws. She is recommended by Legal 500 Asia Pacific who describe her as being "extremely responsive and adaptable".

Ellie’s most recent experience includes:


Ellie is recommended by Legal 500 in their Asia Pacific rankings. She is recognised for being "extremely responsive and adaptable" and is singled out for being "remarkable" by clients.

"Ellie is responsive and commercial, as well as being technically very strong. She is a pleasure to work with” states client in IFLR 1000 2018 directory.

Education & Admissions

University of Oxford (MA) 2003
London College of Law (Graduate Diploma in Law) 2004
Oxford Institute of Legal Practice (Legal Practice Course) 2005
Bar Admissions
England and Wales 2008
Hong Kong 2012
British Virgin Islands 2014


Banking and Finance
Corporate and Commercial


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