Thomas John Holton


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 at Chambers Global and the Legal 500 notes 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.


  • Handles 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)


  • 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)


  • American Bar Association

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

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