Thomas John Holton: Lawyer with Bingham McCutchen (London) LLP

Thomas John Holton


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Practice Areas

  • Investment Management
  • Financial Services
  • Emerging Growth Companies
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • UK Funds
  • Banking and Leveraged Finance
  • Hedge Funds
  • Private Investment Funds
  • Registered Investment Companies
Contact InfoTelephone: 44.20.7661.5336
Fax: 44.20.7661.5400
EducationBeaver College (Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, 1982); Harvard Law School (Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1985)
Admitted1985, Massachusetts; Registered Foreign Lawyer in England and Wales; Registered Foreign Lawyer in Hong Kong

•American Bar Association


John Holton's practice is concentrated in advising on U.S. regulation of investment managers, and launching and restructuring private equity funds, hedge funds and real estate partnerships. He is an expert on the international application of SEC and CFTC regulations and advises numerous non-U.S. asset managers on compliance with these rules.

John has extensive experience in emerging markets funds, and has advised clients with funds targeting Asian, African, South American and Middle Eastern markets. He also handles a wide range of other business, financing and commercial work.

John is widely regarded by peers for a diverse U.S. and global investment funds practice. He is ranked as a leading lawyer by the editors atChambersGlobaland theLegal 500notes that John gives valuable general counsel and specific legal advice.

John joined Bingham as an associate in 1991 and was made a partner in 1995.

Awards & Honors

IFLR 1000, Investment Funds: Hedge Funds (2013-2014)

Legal 500 UK, Investment Funds: Hedge Funds (2013)

Chambers Global, Investment Funds: Hedge Funds (2008-2013)

Chambers USA, National and Massachusetts Investment Funds sections (2007-2012)

Legal 500 US(2008-2009, 2012)

•Beale prize for conflicts of laws awarded by Harvard Law School


The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission as a Global Regulator - Assessing the Consequences for Your Business,London (2013)

Form PF: Compliance and Reporting implications for Investment Managers, Investors and Administrators, Citco Fund Services, London (2012)

SEC Registration of Non-U.S. Investment Advisers and Fund Managers: What You Need to Do Now, Bingham's Investment Management Audio Broadcast Series (2011)

Expansion of U.S. Investment Adviser Registration - Key Implications for Non-U.S. Investment Advisers, Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) Seminar, Singapore (2010)

Expansion of U.S. Investment Adviser Registration - Key Implications for Non-U.S. Investment Advisers, a Bingham McCutchen-Nishith Desai Associates Joint Seminar, Mumbai (2010)


•Co-author, SEC Bars Bad Actors From Relying on Key Private Placement Exemption, 19, 2013)

•Co-author, Commodity Pool Operators and Commodity Trading Advisors: Key CFTC Registration and Compliance Considerations, 25, 2012)

•What You Need to Do Now: New SEC Large Trader Reports, 1, 2011)

•Co-author, Summary of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, 12, 2010)

Reported CasesHandles placements of private equity funds, funds of funds, hedge funds and real estate limited partnerships, with a focus on international and emerging market products; Represents investment advisers and commodity pool operators; Advises on U.S. law for investment funds organized in the Cayman Islands, Europe, Mauritius and other jurisdictions Representative Clients; Henderson Global Investors Limited (London); TT International (London); Odey Asset Management (London); Insight Investment (London); Martin Currie (Edinburgh); CGM Funds (Boston); Cramer Rosenthal McGlynn LLP (New York); India Capital Management Ltd. (Mauritius and Hong Kong); Everstone Capital (Singapore and India); ICICI - Prudential Asset Management (India); JM Financial Group (Mauritius and India); CX Capital Partners (Singapore and Mumbai)

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Thomas John Holton

41 Lothbury
London EC2R 7HF

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