Jonathan Keats

Senior Lawyer

Jonathan Keats is a Senior Lawyer currently based in Wikborg Rein's Shanghai office. Jonathan is a transactional shipping lawyer with a focus on asset and structured ship financing, particularly in sale and lease back transactions. 

Jonathan has extensive experience in advising lenders and financial leasing companies in the shipping sector (including on restructurings and ECA related work), as well as a detailed knowledge of borrower/client side requirements from both working on the borrower/owner side in private practice and as an in-house counsel in a fast growing shipping company with an extensive order book.

Jonathan also has a broad range of experience in negotiating commercial shipping contracts, including vessel sale & purchase, shipbuilding contracts, refund guarantees, charters, pool agreements, management agreements, shareholder agreements, joint venture agreements and bunker sales contracts. 
Jonathan also has general banking, real estate, trade/receivables finance and project finance experience and expertise.

Prior to joining Wikborg Rein LLP, Jonathan was a Legal Counsel in the projects legal team at Navig8 in London and has experience of working for major international law firms in a variety of locations, including London, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

2018- Senior Lawyer, Wikborg Rein, London/Shanghai_NEWLINE_2014-2018 Legal Counsel, Navig8_NEWLINE_2013-2014 Senior Associate, Watson, Farley & Williams, Hong Kong_NEWLINE_2011-2013 Associate, Norton Rose Shanghai_NEWLINE_2009-2011 Associate, Norton Rose Beijing_NEWLINE_2006-2008 Associate, Norton Rose London_NEWLINE_2004-2006 Trainee Solicitor, Norton Rose, London/Amsterdam
2003-2004 Legal Practice Course (LPC) BPP Law School, London_NEWLINE_2000-2003 Law Degree (LLB), University of Leeds