James Ford



Hong Kong SAR

James focuses on clients active in private equity and other alternative asset classes, 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 and is a pioneer in the APAC secondaries market.

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. One long-term client applauds him for being "very knowledgeable about the market." Chambers Asia Pacific 2022 Investment Funds, Greater China (International Firms)


Representative matters

Axiom Asia Private Capital on multiple fundraisings.

Abax Global Capital on multiple fundraisings.

Leading sovereign wealth funds in APAC with respect to fund investments, co-investments and secondary transactions.

TPG NewQuest, on multiple secondaries investments.

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Vice-Chair, Technical Committee, HKVCA



LPC, Legal Practice Course, College of Law, London (1999-2000)

Master of Arts - MA, Law, University of Cambridge (1995-1998)

Marlborough College (1989-1994)

A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.