James Gaden

James Gaden


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James Gaden is a partner in the Global Corporate and Investment Funds Groups of Walkers' Hong Kong office. He has over 20 years' experience advising the investment funds industry. He specialises in advising private equity and hedge fund managers on a broad spectrum of legal issues including fund formation and structuring, acquisitions and disposals, fund restructuring and fund financing.

In addition, James has an active corporate practice which includes providing general corporate advice on corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. He also advises companies, LLCs, partnerships and their investors in relation to a variety of different financing transactions. James advises clients from across the region including in Hong Kong, China, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Australia. James is a respected practitioner in the investment funds industry and is a regular speaker at industry events.

Prior to joining Walkers in 2018, James was a partner at another leading offshore law firm where he worked from 2010 to 2018 in Hong Kong. He also worked in the Investment Funds team of the Hong Kong office of Sidley Austin and before that, at Gilbert & Tobin in Sydney.

Admitted In:
Hong Kong (not practising)
Supreme Court of New South Wales (not practising)

Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws, University of Sydney
Master of Laws, University of Sydney

2022 IFLR 1000 - Rising Star

2022 Who's Who Legal: "James Gaden stands out as a top name in the region and regularly advises an array of financial institutions on fund financing and acquisitions." – Mainland China & Hong Kong 2022 (Private Funds)

2022 Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Mainland China & Hong Kong 2022 (Private Funds)

2022 Asia Business Law Journal’s A-List of Top 50 Offshore Lawyers

2022 Chambers Global - Offshore - Notable Practitioner

2022 Legal 500 Asia Pacific – Leading Individual - James Gaden is recommended for corporate and investment work; he advises private equity and hedge fund managers on fund formation, structuring, acquisitions and disposals.

2022 Chambers Asia Pacific - Offshore: Corporate & Finance including Investment Funds - Recommended - "He knows the Japanese market better than any other Cayman lawyers."

2021 IFLR 1000 - Rising Star Partner

2021 Chambers Asia Pacific - Notable Practitioner -"James Gaden has extensive experience advising private equity and hedge fund managers on various fund formation, structuring and investment matters. He wins much acclaim from market sources, one noting: 'He is the complete package - he has excellent technical skills, superb client skills and is easy to work with. He knows the market very well and always finds good, practical solutions to the problems.' "

2021 Legal 500 Asia Pacific - Leading Individual - "Appreciated for his 'responsiveness, experience and commerciality', James Gaden is...a key member of the funds team."

2020 Who's Who Legal - Private Funds (Recommended Lawyer)

2020 Chambers Asia Pacific - 'James Gaden is praised by one client as an "extremely respected lawyer" with a "stellar reputation in the Japanese financial community." He has extensive experience of advising the investment funds industry on fund formation and structuring as well as investment work.'

2020 Legal 500 Asia Pacific 

2020 IFLR 1000 - Rising Star

2019 Chambers Asia-Pacific - Offshore: Corporate & Finance including Investment Funds 

2019 IFLR 1000 - Rising Star

2019 Who's Who Legal - Private Funds 

2018 IFLR 1000 - Rising Star

2018 Legal 500 Asia Pacific – "Charismatic, articulate and efficient" James Gaden specialises in private equity and hedge fund formation matters.'

2018 Chambers Asia Pacific - "He frequently acts for major fund managers and private equity houses on formation and investment mandates."

2017 Chambers Asia Pacific - 'James Gaden advises on contentious and non-contentious investment fund matters as well as M&A transactions and fund financing mandates. He is establishing a reputation as a highly skilled Cayman Islands fund practitioner who is well regarded by clients and onshore investment fund practitioners.'

2016 Chambers Asia Pacific - 'James Gaden is a private equity and investment fund specialist who comes recommended by clients, who describe him as "knowledgeable and user-friendly." He does major work for Hong Kong, PRC and Japan-based investment funds.'