Jillian Ashley


Jillian is in our Projects, Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure (PENRI) group and is Head of US China Group.

Jillian has significant experience representing investors, sponsors, developers and lenders on the acquisition, financing and development of major projects around the world in a wide range of sectors, including all aspects of energy transition (including carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), hydrogen, EV and renewables), transportation (including airports, rail, ports and roads), power generation and distribution and water. She also has extensive experience advising on the structuring, formation, marketing and financing of private investment funds in the infrastructure, energy, real estate and mining sectors, including representing lenders and funds on subscription line, NAV and hybrid financings for funds. Chambers USA 2023 has noted Jillian as Band 4 in the PPP market. 

Jillian has recently returned to the firm after serving as an Executive Director with J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s Infrastructure Investments Group, where she advised on the legal, compliance and risk aspects of all matters related to the Group’s private infrastructure investment fund, including fund structuring, investor onboarding and global financing and M&A transactions. 

As head of the U.S. China Group, Jillian has particular experience advising Chinese clients on their projects in the Americas, and advising US clients on transactions related to China, in close coordination with the firm's China offices. 
Jillian attended both Harvard College and Harvard Law School, graduating with honors of summa cum laude and magna cum laude. Jillian is fluent in Mandarin.

Published Work

  • "Fortress America: The Federal Reserve’s Proposal to Impose U.S. Territorial Restrictions on Large Foreign Banks" The Banking Law Journal (March 2013), with Douglas Landy and Rebecca Smith 
  • "Looking Back While Forging Ahead: What the History of Restrictions on Bank Affiliate Transactions May Tell Us About the Impact of the Dodd-Frank Changes," The Banking Law Journal (July/August 2011), with Douglas Landy and Rebecca Smith
  • "Limiting Koehler," International Financial Law Review, (March 2011), with Lanier Saperstein and Adrienne Schwisow
  • "Derivatives Between Banks And Their Affiliates," National Law Journal, (February 7, 2011) with Doug Landy and Rebecca Smith 
Jillian Ashley handles the financing of a range of PPP projects including university utilities. She represents both developers and lenders.
Jillian does a good job representing her clients and understanding the pertinent issues.



Registered Foreign Lawyer, England and Wales, 2024

Admitted: Bar of the State of New York, 2008


J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 2007

A.B., summa cum laude, Harvard College, 2002

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