A&O strengthens Asia-Pacific Funds & Asset Management Group with appointment of James Ford

By February 15, 2021 No Comments
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Allen & Overy is expanding its Asia-Pacific Funds & Asset Management Group with the appointment of James Ford, a partner based in the Hong Kong office. James joins from O’Melveny & Myers Hong Kong, where he was global head of its Investment Funds practice.
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James is a highly recognised lawyer in the market and commended by leading legal directories for his technical ability and commerciality.

He will focus on clients active in private equity and other alternative asset strategies including real estate, credit and infrastructure. He has extensive experience on fund establishments and structuring, strategic fund investments including co-investment activities as well as secondary transactions.

James will join Allen & Overy’s market-leading global Funds & Asset Management Group, which provides a full-service offering to fund managers and institutional investors. Allen & Overy boasts asset management, tax, regulatory and litigation professionals in all of the major financial centres across the UK, Europe, U.S., Middle East and Asia-Pacific, offering global coverage across the full fund-life cycle.

Vicki Liu, Hong Kong managing partner, commented:

We have significantly grown our alternative investment platform and James’ hire strengthens our ability to provide a full service offering to our institutional investor and asset manager client base in the region. He is a recognised leader in the Asia-Pacific region and we’re excited to welcome James to Allen & Overy

Vicki Liu

Matt Huggett, Global Head of Allen & Overy’s Funds & Asset Management Group, added: “Asia-Pacific continues to receive an increasing amount of interest from investors, as seen by the increasingly large dedicated Asia funds raised over the past couple of years. We have also seen the secondary market heat up in the current climate, so we have no doubt James’ expertise will be of great interest and value to our clients. His addition to our Funds & Asset Management Group complements our global offering where we have market-leading teams across key financial hubs in the UK, Europe, Luxembourg, the U.S., Asia-Pacific and the Middle East”.

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