John Adams

John Adams


John focuses on the formation, promotion and operation of all types of private and retail investment funds, including private equity, hedge, credit, infrastructure, real estate, and venture capital funds, and retail vehicles such as UCITS funds. He also advises on the drafting and negotiation of associated documentation with such funds and with managed accounts.
John advises sovereign wealth funds and other institutional investors in connection with their acquisitions, and disposals, of investments in private investment funds, as well as in relation to secondary transactions. He has particular expertise in advising on the impact of the EU’s Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) and advises on UK and European regulatory issues relating to fund managers and investment products.


Representative matters

Attestor Capital on its flagship hedge fund.

Investcorp on the establishment of multiple private equity fund products.

IG4 Capital on the establishment of multiple private equity funds and co-investment vehicles.

EFG Hermes on the establishment of multiple education-focused funds.

Pro bono

Working with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) since 2019.
Acting as a Volunteer Attorney and Contributor for Lawyers Without Borders since 2007.
Assisting a Costa Rican fund manager in the formation and launch of a private equity fund investing in conservation and sustainable projects in Meso-America, the Northern Andes and the Amazon Basin.

Published Work

  • Adams. J. (2024), “Tolleys Company Law”, London: LexisNexis

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Brexit Roundtable – OTC Derivatives Markets, Alternative Investment Management Association, February 2019
  • Speaker, Private Equity, The Legal 500 Latin America Private Equity Summit, February 2019
  • Speaker, Brexit: Options for UK Alternative Managers, IFI Global Breakfast Briefing, June 2018
  • Speaker, Brexit and Global Capital Markets Panel, Chatham House Global Capital Markets Conference, March 2017
John Adams is one of the best partners I have ever worked with: knowledgeable, on top of all details, fully accessible and dependable
Legal 500 UK, 2022


  • Leading Individual for Investment Fund Formation and Management (Hedge Funds), Legal 500 UK, 2024
  • Highly regarded by IFLR1000, 2023



England & Wales, 2002


LL.B. (Hons), First Class, Law, University College London, 1999
Legal Practice Course (Distinction), Law, The University of Law, 2000