Akin Gump Continues Growth of Investment Management Team with Addition of Partner John Hamilton

Mr. Hamilton brings significant prime brokerage experience and enhances the firm’s fund formation offerings

(New York) – Akin Gump today announced another addition to its investment management practice in New York, with John P. Hamilton joining the firm as a partner. Mr. Hamilton comes to Akin Gump from Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP.

Mr. Hamilton’s practice focuses on advising private fund managers on the formation and operation of a broad range of investment vehicles across the liquidity spectrum, including hedge funds, private equity and credit funds, as well as funds of funds and managed account structures. He also advises clients on the incorporation of sustainability and impact-focused investment themes into their product offerings. In addition, Mr. Hamilton works with clients on transactional and regulatory matters in connection with the operation of their businesses.

“Adding top-tier talent to our industry-leading investment management team continues to be a strategic priority for us,” said Akin Gump chairperson Kim Koopersmith. “The global hedge fund market is experiencing a period of rapid growth and there is an increased need from our fund manager clients for sophisticated advice and counsel. John provides exactly what our clients need and is an ideal addition to our team. I am delighted to welcome him to Akin Gump.”

Mr. Hamilton previously served as the Asia head of Hedge Fund Consulting at Morgan Stanley in Hong Kong, where he provided strategic guidance to hedge fund managers in launching and scaling their businesses. Earlier in his career, he served as in-house counsel at Highbridge Capital Management, LLC.

“John’s experience in the prime brokerage industry, particularly through his work in Asia, will be invaluable, giving him the perfect vantage point from which to work with clients on their fund formation needs,” said Prakash H. Mehta, co-head of Akin Gump’s investment management practice. “He has shown a strong record of success throughout his career, and I am thrilled to have him with us as we look forward to even further growth in the coming weeks.”

Added Mr. Hamilton, “Akin Gump has a market-leading global funds platform that spans the industry’s key business centers. This is a terrific opportunity to work with clients in what is presently a very fertile market for the hedge fund industry, and I am incredibly excited to be here.”

Mr. Hamilton received his J.D. from New York University School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Virginia.

Mr. Hamilton is the second recent significant addition to Akin Gump’s investment management team in New York. In April, the firm welcomed partner Brian Daly, a leading advisor to hedge fund managers and private equity fund sponsors. (Learn more here.)

About Akin Gump’s Investment Management Practice

Akin Gump’s investment management practice, comprising over 100 lawyers, is a recognized leader in the representation of large institutional and entrepreneurial fund sponsors and managers in the formation of hedge and private equity funds. The firm has served as lead counsel to some of the world’s premier investors and has helped them access opportunities in markets around the world. Through its representation of a broad range of investment managers and institutional investors, Akin Gump is able to attain proprietary insight on emerging trends in the private equity and hedge fund industries. This knowledge and experience is particularly valuable to clients as convergence across asset classes continues to play out in the marketplace.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 900 lawyers in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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