James Griffiths is a partner of Nixon Peabody CWL with 30 years’ experience of serving clients in Hong Kong. Qualified to practice Hong Kong and English law, he assists clients in corporate and financial transactions in Hong Kong and throughout the Asian region.
My focus is on corporate in investment transactions, covering cross-border mergers and acquisitions, direct investments, capital raisings and joint ventures. I also deal with restructurings and shareholder disputes. I have worked with private equity and venture capital funds, MNCs, strategic investors, listed and private companies, wealth management groups, family offices, founders and entrepreneurs. While based in Hong Kong, I have advised on transactions involving most countries in Asia.
I help mid-market private fund groups on the establishment of private equity and private open-ended funds managed or advised out of Hong Kong.
Related to my investment fund practice, I help international private fund groups and private wealth managers with their licensing and regulatory issues in Hong Kong, both for their initial set up and ongoing compliance.
I work with European banks on banking, finance and security transactions involving Hong Kong.
I also advise on a wide variety of commercial matters, including corporate compliance, franchising, licensing and distribution, employment, immigration and virtually any form of commercial contract.
Macro-economic factors continue to shape business sentiment in China and Hong Kong in 2023. Fundraising for many Asian managed investment funds and early stage companies will continue to be challenging. Despite these dynamics, we foresee prospects for activity in the mid-market as valuations become more realistic and buyers and investors begin to see upside potential for selected investments, possibly supported by restructurings by multinational groups. Succession planning may also give an impetus to sales of family owned Asian businesses.
High Court of Hong Kong
Solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong
Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales (non-practising)
Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia (non-practising)
Inns of Court School of Law
University College, Cardiff, LLB
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