Stephen Ball has served as Global Lead Partner, CEO, Vice Chairman and Board Member of global financial institutions, corporates and leading professional services firms. He practised law in the UK and the US with Slaughter and May and Linklaters, before moving into investment banking in Asia Pacific, the GCC and Europe.

    • The Freedom of the City of London
    • Euromoney named him in “The Guide to the World’s Leading Banking Lawyers”
    • The Lawyer ranked him as one of The Hot 100 Lawyers in the UK
    • The Lawyer described his strategy “as making legal history” when he was Global Managing Partner of an international law firm

    Stephen represents the firm at The United Nations, The World Economic Forum in Davos and The Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. He advises on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

    Stephen has 25 years’ global experience of leadership and advising on strategy, financial services, FinTech, Cyber, AI and risk to the world’s leading global banks, companies, PE firms, hedge funds and sovereign governments. His clients have included Goldman Sachs, Wikipedia, UBS, HSBC, The London Stock Exchange, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, SoftBank and The People’s Bank of China and Sovereign governments and countries around the world.

    He is the General Editor of the book Hedge Funds, published by The European Lawyer and winner of the Queen’s Award to Industry. He writes on Private Equity, China, ASEAN, high-frequency trading, dark pools, HLTs and derivatives.

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    • Harvard Business School, Leadership in Professional Services, 2007
    • The College of Law, Solicitors' Final Examination, 1983
    • Cambridge University and London University, LL.B., 1981
    • Cambridge University, Open Exhibition to read law (top 5% of all entrants), 1977


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

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust – Board of Trustees
    • Asia House, think tank – Board of Trustees
    • Asia House – Chair of Finance Risk and Audit Committee
    • Asia Peace and Reconciliation Council – Special Advisor to The Chairman
    • The Royal Albert Hall – Advisory Board
    • The Renaissance Foundation – President Emeritus
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