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James McKnight Senior Associate

Hong Kong
+852 5806 7871
+852 9382 8651

Expertise and Professional Background

James McKnight is a senior associate in our Hong Kong office where he specialises in advising clients on investment funds and corporate matters involving both Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands law. James has extensive experience in advising on all aspects of the formation, maintenance and restructuring of various types of funds including hedge funds and private equity funds, as well as associated regulatory issues which may arise for managers of such funds, across both Europe and Asia. 
James joined Harneys from the Hong Kong office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in 2016. Prior to joining Harneys, James gained extensive onshore experience, having previously assisted managers based in Hong Kong, China, Japan, Singapore, the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States on a wide variety of fund formation and associated regulatory matters, including both UCITS and AIFMD compliant investment fund structures.

Education & Admissions

University College Dublin (Master of Laws – Commercial Law) 2007
University College Dublin (Bachelor of Civil Law) 2006
Bar Admissions
Ireland 2012
Hong Kong 2016


Corporate and Commercial
Cayman Islands
Investment Funds