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James Mulholland



James Mulholland is an “outstanding lawyer, who is able to deliver tailored and solution-driven advice efficiently”.

Legal 500

"Innovative, very commercial and proactive."

Chambers UK

"The perfect balance of client-handling skills, legal acumen and commercial nous"

Legal 500 UK

"He's outstanding, he's all about focusing on the client and delivering what we need."

Chambers Global

“Earns praise from one client for his ability to 'really roll up his sleeves and get a deal done within very tight timeframes.'”

Chambers UK



One of Jersey's leading funds lawyers, partner James Mulholland's experience covers a wide breadth of investment funds and corporate work with a particular emphasis on private equity funds.

Throughout the ten years spent in the City at Slaughter and May and O'Melveny & Myers, James has acted on numerous fund structurings and re-structurings, co-investments and listing transactions, as well as on portfolio acquisitions, refinancings and management spin outs in the private equity and real estate funds space.

Since joining Carey Olsen in Jersey, James has attracted an enviable client base, including a number of leading private equity and real estate fund managers. His significant clients include AEW Europe, Apollo Global Management, Ardstone Capital, The Blackstone Group, Cheyne Capital, Epiris, FSN Capital, Global Advisors, Hollyport, Intermediate Capital Group, Kennedy Wilson, KKR, Kreos Capital, M7 Real Estate, Patrizia Immobilien AG, Schroders and Westbrook Partners. 


James trained and qualified as a solicitor with Slaughter and May, where he spent six years working in one of the corporate teams in London. In 2005, James joined the private equity team of O'Melveny & Myers in London and then joined Carey Olsen Jersey in the summer of 2010. James is an alumnus of the University of London (MSc Hons), Durham University (BSc Hons) and the College of Law (London).

Relevant experience

His recent investment fund transactions of note include advising on the Jersey aspects of the following:

  • advising Blackstone Group in connection with its €21 billion recapitalisation of Mileway, a pan European logistics company. The deal was described as the largest private real estate transaction ever.
  • advising Hollyport Capital on the launch and US$ 2.2 billion final close of its latest secondaries fund, Hollyport Secondary Opportunities Fund VIII.
  • advising Kreos Capital on the launch of its latest growth debt fund, Kreos Capital VII (Expert Fund) L.P.
  • advising on FitzWalter Capital on the successful launch of its debut special situations fund, FitzWalter Capital Partners I, which held a US$ 920 million final close.
  • advising FSN Capital Partners on FSN Capital VI which closed with €1.8 billion worth of commitments and the launch of its latest mid-market fund, FSN Capital Compass I.
  • advising Brydell Partners on the successful launch of their latest real estate fund, Brydell Partners Series 3
  • advising Digital 9 Infrastructure plc, a newly established Jersey listed fund, on its initial placing and admission to trading on the Specialist Fund Segment of the London Stock Exchange (LSE) Main Market.   
  • advising M7 Real Estate Ltd, a leading pan-European commercial real estate investor and asset manager, on its recent acquisition of a £156.9 million UK retail parks portfolio from RDI REIT.
  • advising Blackstone Capital Partners and Blackstone Real Estate in connection with their proposed acquisition of Bourne Leisure, a premier UK holiday company.
  • advising ICG on the largest ever secondary deal in Europe at the time valued at €880 million.  


Awards and accolades


James is ranked in the 'Hall of Fame' by Legal 500 and in Band One by Chambers and Partners . He is also rated as a Market Leader in IFLR1000 2022.

L500 Hall of Fame
James Mulholland Chambers UK 2024