With a forward-thinking approach, and enthusiasm for collaboration and relationship building, James learnt early in his career that 'you're only as good as your next deal'. Bringing that mantra and passion to each transaction, James is committed to finding innovative solutions and pragmatically implementing clients’ commercial goals. James is a hands-on practitioner, with clients describing him as ‘savvy, technical and business minded, with a flair for meeting all deadlines, getting the right commercial outcome and cutting through the complexity’ (Chambers).
James has more than 17 years’ domestic and international experience counselling corporations, private equity sponsors, founders and management, in all forms of corporate activity. James’s principal practice areas include advising on sell side and buy side private M&A, inbound investment regulation (FIRB), director duties, the full acquisition/sale transaction lifecycle (with ongoing operational matters), shareholder arrangements, employee share schemes and fundraisings.
James is bilingual (French native speaker) and dual qualified (England & Wales and New South Wales). He was previously a partner at PwC, Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Kirkland & Ellis. In addition to his leading role in the firm’s private M&A practice, James’ leadership roles cover the firm’s Foreign Desk, Executive Compensation and New Energy & Carbon Markets groups.
Private Equity; Private M&A; Shareholder Arrangements; Management and Employee Share Schemes; Inbound M&A advice (FIRB and structuring); Director Duties.