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James Ford


Hong Kong

James Ford
James Ford


Hong Kong

James is a partner in Allen & Overy's Asia-Pacific Funds & Asset Management group.

His practice focuses on clients active in private equity and other alternative assets, where he has a broad range of experience covering traditional fundraisings, secondary transactions, mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments and capital markets transactions. He regularly guides clients in structuring funds and transactions to address a wide range of regulatory, tax and transactional issues.

James is recognised as a Leading Lawyer by the industry’s most prestigious legal publications, including Chambers Asia-Pacific, Chambers Global, Legal 500, and IFLR1000. He is particularly praised for his work within the secondary transactions market and is described by clients as “a very bright, commercial and reasonable lawyer who knows what's important and how to negotiate.” (Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021, Investment Funds (International Firms), China).

News & insights

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News: 19 OCTOBER 2021

A&O advising Zopa on its USD300 million fundraising led by Softbank Vision Fund 2

Allen & Overy is advising digital bank Zopa on its latest round of fundraising. The bank, which was the world’s first peer-to-peer lender and is one of the UK’s newest digital banks, has raised…

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Publications: 18 OCTOBER 2021

Green pass: the obligation of green certifications in the working environments

The measures on the obligation to possess Green Certification Covid-19 for employees in the public and private sectors taking effect from 15 October 2021.

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Publications: 20 SEPTEMBER 2021

Why more private capital fund managers are domiciling in Asia

Pragmatic fund structures and attractive tax and setup incentives are convincing an increasing number of private capital fund managers to domicile in Hong Kong and Singapore.

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Publications: 25 MAY 2021

Great Fund Insights podcast: Spotlight on opportunities in alternative investments in North Asia

This timely discussion is part of a series of Allen & Overy conversations on opportunities in alternative investments across our global funds network.

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Admitted as a Solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong

Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales


LPC - Distinction, College of Law, London, 2000

MA, Law, Cambridge University, 2002