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Jim Ford

Partner

London

Ford Jim
Jim Ford

Partner

London

Jim has a broad commercial practice, focused on technology-rich sectors including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, IT and consumer & retail.

Jim specialises in non-contentious intellectual property and information technology law. Jim brings strategic and commercial IP and IT advice to M&A, corporate and finance transactions including advising on joint ventures, long-term collaborations and licensing agreements. Jim also has experience advising on other arrangements for the exploitation of IP, including advertising and sponsorship agreements, and taking security over IP. Jim is Co-head of Allen & Overy's global Life Sciences sector group and is global co-chair of A&Out (Allen & Overy's LGBT Network).

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Pharmaceutical test tubes

Publications: 13 December 2023

USD200bn patent cliff set to spark new wave of life sciences M&A – but it might not look like the last one 

Patents on a series of blockbuster drugs are due to expire between now and 2030. Last time this happened it sparked a wave of industry consolidation – but today we expect a different type of…

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News: 14 November 2023

Allen & Overy advises Apax Funds on their acquisition of WGSN from Ascential

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News: 01 November 2023

A&O advises Shionogi on its strategic joint venture with Apnimed for the development of therapies for obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders

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News: 21 September 2023

Allen & Overy has advised Exscientia on its USD674 million AI drug discovery collaboration with Merck KGaA

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Experience highlights

Office

London

One Bishops Square
London
E1 6AD

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 1998

Academic

BA (Hons), Jurisprudence, Hertford College, Oxford University, 1995

LPC (Distinction), Oxford Institution of Legal Practice, 1996

Other noteworthy experience 

Advising:

  • Asahi Group on IP, transitional services and commercial contracts aspects of its EUR7.30bn acquisition of the Central & Eastern European business of SABMiller by way of auction.
  • Marks and Spencer on its 50/50 joint venture with Ocado Group. Under the terms of the transaction, M&S will acquire a 50% stake in an existing Ocado entity and, from completion, operate Ocado's UK retail business.

Pro bono 

  • Advising Stonewall on the recently passed Turing's Law which pardoned gay men for historic outlawed homosexual acts
  • Advising Queer Britain (the UK's first LGBT+ museum) on sponsorship arrangements

Recognition

Awards & accolades

Jim has been ranked in the OUTstanding top 100 LGBT Executives List for the past three years

Presented by the Financial Times, 2018