Investment Funds Lawyer Christopher Knight Joins Akin Gump in Hong Kong

(Hong Kong) – Akin Gump is pleased to announce that investment funds lawyer Christopher Knight has joined the firm as counsel in its investment management practice in the Hong Kong office. He joins the firm from the Hong Kong office of DLA Piper.

Mr. Knight has extensive experience advising financial institutions, investment banks, asset managers, sponsors and investors on the establishment and regulation of hedge funds, regulated funds and private equity funds. He has also advised on Shari’ah compliant investment fund structures.

“Chris’ arrival is a real boost to our investment funds team in Asia,” commented Anne-Marie Godfrey, a partner in Akin Gump’s investment management practice in Hong Kong. “His breadth of knowledge and experience will be assets to our clients as we continue to grow our practice across Asia. I am delighted he has joined the firm and look forward to working with him.”

He joins a team of lawyers in the firm’s Hong Kong and Singapore offices who provide advice to a wide range of Asia-based institutional and boutique investment management companies and financial institutions on all aspects of investment fund formation, trading and operations. Globally, Akin Gump’s investment management practice comprises more than 100 lawyers in Asia, Europe and the United States who represent large institutional and entrepreneurial fund sponsors and managers in the formation of hedge and private equity funds.

Mr. Knight added, “Akin Gump’s funds team, with its widely respected Asia and global investment management platform and its recognized commercial approach, was a real draw for me. I am very much looking forward to being part of the team.”

Mr. Knight received his LL.B (Hons) from the University of Manchester in the U.K. and completed the LPC at Nottingham Law School. He is a registered foreign lawyer in Hong Kong and is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales.

Founded in 1945, 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.