James is good at solving complex problems and takes a thoughtful and pragmatic approach to achieving the best strategic outcomes for his clients. With his respectful, composed, and personable working style, James delivers concise, actionable and high-quality advice to his clients.
He has been described by clients as “highly skilled, responsive, professional, hard-working and enjoyable to work with – we always felt we were in very good hands”, a “pure professional” and “a delight to work with”. One client noted that “it has been such a pleasure watching how skilfully [he was] able to move this, and I have learned a good deal on how ‘best-practice’ looks”.
James has significant domestic and international experience advising on a range of complex M&A transactions, particularly for private equity and other financial sponsor clients, across a range of industries including health, tech, financial services and property sectors. He has extensive Australian and international experience advising clients on matters relating to cross-border and domestic M&A transactions, acquisition and fund structuring, shareholder and partnership arrangements (including management equity plans), equity investments, and general corporate advisory matters.
Prior to joining Hamilton Locke, James worked in London for six years in the M&A and Private Equity teams at US firms Willkie Farr & Gallagher and Winston & Strawn. James began his career at Gilbert + Tobin in Sydney.