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Josie Ainley

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Josie is a partner of Maples and Calder's Funds & Investment Management team in the Maples Group's Hong Kong office. Her practice focuses on investment funds for international clients advising on all aspects of Cayman Islands and BVI matters relating to the establishment, launch and maintenance of both private equity and hedge funds. Josie also has extensive experience in corporate and downstream transactions and regularly advises on regulatory matters. She consistently acts for international high profile clients in both the private equity and hedge fund space. 

Throughout 2022 and into 2023 Josie worked on numerous complex fund launches and restructurings and has stood out as an exceptional advisor, able to provide knowledgeable guidance on all related matters in an accessible and commercial manner. In particular, Josie represents several significant institutional private equity funds, including working on billion dollar fund closings and multi-layered internal re-organisations. Josie has been recognised as a winner of Practice Area Award – Offshore, Practice Area Award - Investment Funds and Jurisdiction Award - Hong Kong SAR at the IFLR Rising Stars Awards Asia-Pacific 2022. She has also been reconigsed as a Rising Star in Asia-Pacific Region - Hong Kong under the practice area of Offshore: Corporate & Finance and Investment Funds at the Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2022.

Josie is also the co-chair of the Hong Kong 100 Women in Finance (100WF) committee, and has on numerous occasions hosted training and information sessions for legal training institutions such as LexOmnibus, and various clients across Asia.


Josie joined the Maples Group in 2015. She previously worked for Clifford Chance in London and Hong Kong in a general regulatory role, focusing on financial and corporate regulation and specialising in fund and derivative regulatory issues.


Member of the Solicitors Regulatory Authority in the UK


Funds & Investment Management




2012 – Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales (registered in Hong Kong as an English solicitor (not advising on English Law))


Edinburgh University, MA (Hons), History

BPP London, Graduate Diploma of Law

College of Law, Legal Practice Course


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