Stephen Ball has served as global lead partner, CEO, vice chairman and member of the boards of directors of global financial institutions, multinational companies and leading professional services firms. He practised law in the UK and the US, before moving into investment banking in Asia Pacific, the GCC and Europe.

    He has been awarded The Freedom of the City of London; Euromoney named him in “The Guide to the World’s Leading Banking Lawyers”; and The Lawyer ranked him as one of The Hot 100 Lawyers in the UK, describing his strategy as “making legal history”.

    Stephen has 25 years’ global experience of leadership and advising on strategy, financial services, ESG and risk management to the world’s leading global banks and companies, private equity firms, hedge funds and governments. His banking clients have included Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, UBS, Standard Chartered, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, SoftBank and The People’s Bank of China.

    Stephen represents the firm at the United Nations (UN) and advises on the UN sustainable development goals, the World Economic Forum in Davos and The Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. He is the General Editor of the book Hedge Funds, published by The European Lawyer and a winner of the Queen’s Award to Industry. He writes on Hong Kong, ASEAN, high-frequency trading, dark pools, HLTs and derivatives.

    His pro bono work has included serving on the board of governors of the English National Ballet, as well as on the advisory boards of KIDS charity for special needs children, The Princess Diana Award, the V&A Museum, the Royal Albert Hall and as President of the Renaissance Foundation.

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    • College of Law, London, LL.B., 1982
    • University of London, LL.B., 1980
    • University of Cambridge, LL.B., 1979


    • Supreme Court of Judicature of England and Wales, 1984
    • Supreme Court of Hong Kong, 1994

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • SOAS Advisory Council – London Middle East Institute
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