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MaameYaa Kwafo-Akoto

Partner

London

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MaameYaa Kwafo-Akoto

Partner

London

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

Expertise

Practices

Banking and Finance

Office

London

Allen & Overy LLP
One Bishops Square
London
E1 6AD

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Qualifications

Academic

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.

Recognition

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

First firm to launch forum to support aspiring women in institutional investor market

News: 08 JUNE 2021

First firm to launch forum to support aspiring women in institutional investor market

A&O is the first law firm to launch a networking and mentoring forum for aspiring women in the global institutional investor market.

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Glass high-rise buildings

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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overlapping images graphic

Publications: 26 FEBRUARY 2021

Great Fund 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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Bird's eye view of a forest of evergreen trees

Publications: 19 AUGUST 2020

Great Fund Insights podcast: Is there any money in Africa?

This timely discussion is part of a series of Allen & Overy conversations with senior stakeholders at institutional investors.

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