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MaameYaa Kwafo-Akoto



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MaameYaa Kwafo-Akoto



MaameYaa is a partner in the Funds & Asset Management practice.

She has eleven years of experience advising sovereign wealth funds, central banks, family offices, insurance companies, pension funds and development finance institutions around the world on their investment arrangements. On a daily basis, MaameYaa advises investors on asset management issues and strategic global and national issues.

Her work includes public investments and private fund investments (both cornerstone and smaller amounts), single investor mandates and co-investment arrangements covering all asset classes including infrastructure and energy, as well as a wide variety of other agreements and financial services regulatory issues. MaameYaa spent time on secondment to a government entity in Riyadh in 2017. 

Experience highlights



Allen & Overy LLP
One Bishops Square
E1 6AD

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2006-2007: Legal Practice Course, College of Law (London)

2004-2006: Graduate Diploma in Law, College of Law (London) – (completed part time in the evenings over two years)

2001-2004: BA (Anthropology and Sociology) Goldsmiths, University of London

Pro-bono experience:

  • Advising the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority on its Covid-19 relief fund. 
  • Member of the Fair Education Alliance (FEA). The FEA seeks to overcome the challenges young people from low income communities face in education.
  • School governor at the Bishop Chancellor school in Tower Hamlets.
  • Introducing Allen & Overy to AfriKids which was selected as the firm’s charity partner; the firm has to date made a donation of GBP1.37m and delivered multiple pro bono projects.
  • A founding member of the BAME Committee, MaameYaa works with the firm to progress its vision of increasing the number of ethnic minorities at senior levels. Evidence of MaameYaa’s ability to influence internally is best seen by the firm’s decision to formally introduce a structured mentoring programme and career development opportunities.
  • MaameYaa is the founder of the Black Lawyers Affinity Group (BLAG). BLAG is an affinity group that aims to support black employees of A&O through networking, mentoring and training.


Awards & accolades

Rising Star

Legal Week’s British Legal Awards 2019

Listed as a Female Future Leader

Financial Times HERoes for championing the conversation on diversity and inclusion

EMpower Minority Future Leader

Financial Times

News & insights

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Publications: 16 JULY 2021

Institutional Investor Forum: How I Made It

Following the launch of the Institutional Investor Forum, Allen & Overy’s client facing diversity and inclusion initiative, we publish our first podcast in the How I Made It series with a number of…

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Publications: 06 JULY 2021

In conversation with the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) – Navigating impact investing

As part of a closer look at impact investing, MaameYaa Kwafo-Akoto from our Institutional Investor practice speaks to Amit Bouri, CEO of the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), about what impact…

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Publications: 17 MAY 2021

Pensions Academy Online

Throughout the week of 10 May 2021 we hosted our Pensions Academy Online - an update on issues for pension schemes and the people that run them. Recordings of our sessions can be found below.

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Publications: 26 FEBRUARY 2021

Great Investor Insights podcast: Investing in Saudi Arabia - current and emerging trends for institutional investors

In this podcast, MaameYaa Kwafo-Akoto, senior associate in our Funds & Asset Management practice, speaks with Mazen Al-Jubeir, Private Investor, Chairman of the Jada Fund of Funds and Vice Chairman of…

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