James O'Donnell is a leading funds lawyer advising investors in, and sponsors of, private, international, closed-ended funds.

He is ranked as a Band One leading lawyer for investor representation in Chambers & Partners 2022.

He has advised in respect of numerous fund-related transactions for some of the most active and sophisticated market participants in the world, with investment sizes ranging to over US$1 billion. His clients include funds of funds, sovereign wealth funds, banks, development finance institutions, pension plans, insurance companies and fund managers.

He has recently played a central role representing investors in relation to the widely reported USD13bn Abraaj collapse.

His experience includes fund formation, managed accounts, primary and secondary transactions, stapled secondaries, secondary directs and "GP for hire" arrangements.

He has a particular passion for impact and developmental investment and, in this regard, regularly represents members of the impact and DFI community (both individually and as syndicates) in respect of their investment activities.

His experience is truly global, including established markets such as North America and Europe, through to the Middle East, emerging markets including Africa and India and frontier markets including Somalia, Myanmar and Afghanistan.