James Wadham
  1. Partner

Mr. Wadham is a partner in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department, resident in Hong Kong. His global enforcement and litigation practice focuses on commercial dispute resolution and advising on regulatory investigations and enforcement.

Mr. Wadham handles a broad range of complex commercial litigation and arbitration, including corporate litigation, shareholder and joint venture disputes, professional negligence and cross-border disputes.

Work Highlights

Mr. Wadham has advised:

  • Investment banks, commercial banks, funds and listed companies in responding to investigations and disciplinary proceedings brought by regulators or other government agencies in Hong Kong and across Asia
  • Financial institutions on a broad range of litigation, including disputes arising from derivatives and structured products and from public and private offerings
  • Accountancy firms in respect of substantial audit negligence claims and professional disciplinary hearings, both in Hong Kong and on a cross-border basis
  • Private equity houses and individual directors in relation to investment disputes across Asia
  • On an extensive range of complex commercial litigation before the Hong Kong Courts, including shareholder and joint venture disputes, major professional negligence claims and claims arising from listed company insolvency


  • Chambers Asia-Pacific and Global – Dispute Resolution (International Firms), China, Band 1
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific – Financial Services: Contentious Regulatory (International Firms), China, Band 1
  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific – Dispute Resolution: Litigation and Regulatory, Hong Kong
  • Benchmark Litigation – Commercial and Transactions, White Collar Crime, Insolvency, Hong Kong and China, Star

Professional History

  • Partner, Davis Polk, 2013-present
  • Partner, Clifford Chance, 2007-2013
  • Clifford Chance (Hong Kong), 2002-2006
  • Russell McVeagh (Auckland), 1998-2001