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Akin Gump appoints new partner

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Akin Gump has added John P Hamilton as a Partner in its investment management practice in New York. Hamilton comes to Akin Gump from Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP.

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, 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,” says 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.”

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,” says 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.”

Hamilton says: “Akin Gump has a market-leading global funds platform that spans the industry’s key business centres. 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.”

Hamilton received his JD from New York University School of Law and his BA from the University of Virginia.

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. 

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