James is a corporate partner in the New York team advising multinational corporations on their cross-border investments.
Having previously been based in both London and in Asia, his practice centres around a broad range of multi-jurisdictional corporate and commercial matters with a focus on EMEA and APAC mergers, acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures, including connected regulatory (SEC, FTC, CFIUS) and antitrust (U.S., EU and Asian) filings. James' expertise in Asia is particularly strong, having been based there for over 13 years. His exposure extends across all major industry sectors and his extensive experience is publicly acknowledged by key independent directories with him "favoured […] for his prowess in cross-border transactions." (Chambers Asia Pacific 2017) and ranked as "Highly Regarded" for M&A (IFLR 1000 United States 2018, 2019).
James received his LL.M. from Cambridge University and his LPC from the College of Law. He is qualified in England and Wales.
Experience & expertise
- an American private equity investor on the potential acquisition of a European media company
- an Asian communications services company on the acquisition of an Indonesian technology company
- Kirin on the corporate venturing investment in Brooklyn Brewery, the largest New York state-based independent craft brewer
- NEC Corporation on merger control issues and filling requirements arising from a European acquisition
- Nintendo in relation their acquisition of European software gaming company Mobiclip
- NTT Data Corporation, a listed Japanese IT consulting company, on its 72.9% acquisition of IT consulting company Cirquent GmbH from BMW in Germany; and on a proposed acquisitions in the US and in Europe
- Otsuka Pharmaceutical on the acquisition from Claris LifeSciences of a majority share in an Indian business in the global IV solutions sector, in a deal worth US$193.5 million
- Rakuten on its corporate venture capital investments into music streaming services and online gaming platforms
- Softbank on the US$31.4 billion acquisition of ARM Holdings plc, the UK-based semiconductor and software design company, the largest ever all-cash investment into the UK, including significant regulatory consents
- a Southeast Asian sovereign wealth fund on a US$2.2 billion Indian acquisition
- Toshiba on the US$500 million sale of its home appliances business to the Chinese corporation, Midea and the 40 year licensing of its Toshiba brand, including relevant regulatory consents
- UCC Holdings in relation to its €500m acquisition of United Coffee, the biggest independent coffee business in Europe, from Private Equity fund CapVest
- a US investor on its proposed investment in a leading European soccer team
- a West Coast technology company in relation to the potential US$8 billion UK public takeover of a FTSE 100 target