James Shipton commenced as ASIC Chair on 1 February 2018. He has more than 20 years’ experience in regulation, financial markets, the law and academia - internationally and in Australia.
Most recently, James was the Executive Director of Harvard Law School’s program on International Financial Systems. Prior to that, he was an Executive Director and Commission member of the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) of Hong Kong, where he led the Intermediaries (Supervision & Licensing) Division.
Before the SFC, James spent almost a decade at Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong as Managing Director and Asia Pacific Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs and as Managing Director in the Prime Brokerage business. Prior to that, he ran the hedge fund consultancy business of Eurekahedge, co-founded ComplianceAsia (Asia’s first pan-regional independent regulatory consulting firm) in Singapore and worked in equity capital markets at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein’s (now Commerzbank) in Hong Kong and London.
James began his career as a funds and securities lawyer at law firms Linklaters and Blake Dawson Waldron in Melbourne, Hong Kong and Bangkok.
James has previously served as Deputy Chair of the Alternative Investment Management Association’s Hong Kong & China Chapter, Vice Chair of the Asian Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and a board member of the Hong Kong Treasury Markets Association. He has also served on the Professional Advisory Board for the Asian Institute of International Financial Law, the Hong Kong Advisory Group for the Fred Hollows Foundation and the business advisory councils to the United Nations Economics and Social Commission for Asia Pacific (UNESCAP) and the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute.