John Young

PSL Counsel

  • LPC, Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, 1998
  • Diploma in Law, City University, London, 1997
  • MA (English literature), University of Oxford, 1996


  • England and Wales, Solicitor, 2000

John Young

PSL Counsel

John Young is a member of the investment management and private investment funds practices in Ropes & Gray’s London office.

He has wide ranging experience on the establishment of private funds and UCITS funds, related custody and administration issues, prime brokerage and derivatives and UK and European regulation which affects asset managers. He has also formed joint ventures and real estate acquisition structures for asset managers, and advised on related regulatory aspects. Recently, he has had particular experience in advising U.S. asset managers on the impact of European regulation on their activities, notably the AIFM Directive, the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive and EMIR. He participates in a number of industry working groups and regularly commentates on regulatory issues.

John has also been a member of in-house legal teams, on both the “buy side” (within a hedge fund manager) and the “sell side” (supporting Barclays Capital’s prime brokerage business).


  • Advising numerous US investment advisors on substantial shareholder and short position disclosure rules
  • Advising on the establishment of regulated UK offices for various managers
  • Advising numerous US investment advisors on EU fund-raising under the AIFM Directive
  • Advising on European derivatives regulation and related clearing arrangements
  • Advising on acquisitions of EU financial services business
  • Regulatory and outsourcing arrangements for property joint ventures
  • Assisting a US private bank with regulatory aspects of their EU distribution

Notable transactions in which John has been involved prior to joining the firm include:

  • Advising various private equity houses on consortium and co-ownership arrangements
  • Acting on the establishment of AIM listed credit funds
  • Acting on the establishment of a range of private equity and real estate limited partnerships
  • Handling negotiations for a range of broker trading documentation, including ISDA master agreements, prime brokerage agreements and clearing agreements for both “buy side” and “sell side” clients
  • Acting for a European regulator on implementation of the AIFM Directive in its rules



Ropes & Gray International LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in Delaware, United States of America and is a recognised body regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (with registered number 52100).
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