James's experience covers a wide breadth of international funds and corporate work with a particular emphasis on private equity.
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 sectors.
Since joining Carey Olsen, James has attracted an enviable client base, including a number of leading private equity and real estate fund managers. His significant clients include Apollo Global Management, AEW Europe, Kennedy Wilson, The Blackstone Group, FSN Capital, Ardstone Capital, Cheyne Capital, Global Advisors, KKR, Intermediate Capital Group, Kreos Capital, Patrizia Immobilien AG, Schroders, Tyndaris and Westbrook Partners.
His recent transactions of note include advising on the establishment of Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate plc, a closed-ended collective investment fund incorporated in Jersey (the largest ever real estate fund to be listed on the LSE -£1 billion) and their subsequent £300 million secondary bond issuance and £2 billion Euro Medium Term Note Programme; advising leading Nordic private equity firm FSN Capital Partners on its latest fund FSN Capital V which has attracted US$719 million worth of commitments; advising Hastings Insurance Group on investment by Goldman Sachs private equity funds valuing the business at £700 million and its subsequent listing on the LSE; and advising ICG on the largest ever secondary deal in Europe at the time valued at €880 million.
James is listed in the International Who's Who of Private Funds Lawyers 2018.
James trained and qualified as a solicitor with Slaughter and May, where he spent 6 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 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).Recent Briefings