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John Adams


John Adams is a partner in the UK investment funds practice. He advises on the formation, promotion and operation of all types of private and retail investment funds (including hedge, private equity, infrastructure and UCITS funds), and the drafting and negotiation of associated documentation. John also advises sovereign wealth funds and institutional investors in connection with their acquisitions, and disposals, of investments in private investment funds. He regularly publishes articles and speaks at seminars and conferences on matters connected with his practice.

In addition, John advises on UK and European regulatory issues relating to fund managers and investment products, and is recognized for his particular expertise in relation to the EU’s Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD).

John is listed as a “Leading Lawyer” in IFLR 1000, a “Recommended Individual” for Investment Funds in the Legal 500 and is listed as one of the “Top 30 under 40” private equity lawyers by Private Funds International. Clients have noted his ‘commercially astute’ advice, his ability to ‘cut through the complex issues’ and his ‘leading knowledge of the relevant law.’

Selected Experience

  • TT International in relation to its hedge funds
  • Innisfree Limited on the formation of Innisfree PFI Secondary Fund and Innisfree PFI Secondary Fund 2 LP, English limited partnerships investing in PFI and PPP infrastructure projects
  • The Abu Dhabi Global Market, in relation to the drafting of laws and regulatory rules for fund operations in a new financial free zone
  • A US fund manager on the establishment of a private equity fund, structured as an English limited partnership and managed in Costa Rica, formed to invest in conservation and sustainable projects in Meso-America, the Northern Andes and the Amazon Basin


  • University College London, LL.B., (Hons) Law, First Class
  • The College of Law, London, LPC, Distinction


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