Ben James

Registered Foreign Lawyer (Kirkland & Ellis, Hong Kong) and Partner (Kirkland & Ellis LLP, U.S.) Capital Markets


Ben James is a Registered Foreign Lawyer in the Hong Kong office and also a partner in Kirkland & Ellis LLP (U.S.). Ben focuses on corporate and securities law matters, including US equity and debt registered offerings, Rule 144A/Regulation S equity and debt offerings, private placements and H share offerings. He has worked extensively across the Greater China region, particularly in the energy and technology sectors. He has experience in advising Chinese issuers and international underwriters in capital markets transactions, as well as in advising public and private companies and financial institutions in mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions.


Thought Leadership


Author, "The Use of Special Committees in Mergers and Acquisitions," Texas Journal of Business Law, Spring 2008.

Author, "Expanding the Gap: How the Rural Property System Exacerbates China's Urban-Rural Gap," Columbia Journal of Asian Law, Spring 2007.


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2012Hong KongRegistered Foreign Lawyer
  • 2007Texas


  • English
  • Mandarin


  • Columbia Law SchoolJ.D.2007
  • Brigham Young UniversityB.A.2004