James is a corporate lawyer specialising in mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and equity capital markets.
He advises clients from a variety of industries including private equity sponsors. He is an expert in all aspects of domestic and cross-border M&A deals including public (takeovers and schemes of arrangements) and privately negotiated transactions and ECM deals including cross-border listings on the ASX.
James is qualified in both Australia and the US, and has for many years advised US clients doing business in Australia and Australian clients doing business in the US.
James has been consistently recognised by his peers (Best Lawyers) for each of M&A, Private Equity (2010-2018) and by his clients (Chambers) as a leading individual, again for each of Corporate/M&A, Private Equity (2011-2016) and Capital Markets (2016). In Chambers he is described as “easily the best private equity lawyer we have dealt with, especially on cross-border deals” and is regarded as a "solutions-based lawyer who is very hands-on during a deal" and is lauded for producing "high-quality work quickly and with strong client interaction.”