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Jim Ford



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Jim Ford



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

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 several joint ventures, long-term collaboration 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 Chair of A&Out (Allen & Overy's LGBT Network).

Other noteworthy experience includes 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.

Experience highlights



Allen & Overy LLP
One Bishops Square
E1 6AD

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Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 1998


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

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

Pro-bono experience

  • 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


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

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News & insights

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Publications: 13 JANUARY 2020

The von der Leyen Commission

The European Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen took office on 1 December 2019, following changes required as a result of the European Parliament rejecting three of the candidate Commissioners originally put forward. 

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Jim Ford

News: 30 OCTOBER 2019

Jim Ford ranked in OUTstanding 100 LGBT+ Executives list for third time

Partner and Chair of A&O's international LGBT+ network A&Out, Jim Ford, has been recognised in the LGBT+ 100 Executives list for the third year running.  The 2019 list, published today, recognises the achievements of LGBT+ people in the business community. Jim is ranked at number 27, included for his work as a visible senior role model and in profile raising LGBT+ initiatives within the firm.

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Publications: 01 AUGUST 2019

Diversity in the legal workplace: interview with the global chair of A&O’s LGBT+ network

Allen & Overy named one of Stonewall’s Top Global Employers for second year

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Publications: 13 SEPTEMBER 2018

A&O advises Blackstone on majority stake acquisition in Luminor Bank

LONDON – Allen & Overy is advising private equity funds managed by Blackstone (“Blackstone”) on the acquisition of a 60% stake in Luminor Bank for EUR1 billion.

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