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Clayton James

Clayton James


Clayton is a partner in the Herbert Smith Freehills Corporate team. He advises on private equity and venture capital transactions, public and private mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets deals.



Across 2021/2022 Clayton led the following M&A transactions:

  • UGL/CIMIC on the acquisition of IAS Limited
  • Liverpool Partners on the acquisition of Australian Beverage Corporation
  • Liverpool Partners on the acquisition of Seven Miles Coffee
  • CIMIC on the successful takeover of Divine Limited
  • the merger of Paragon Care and Quantum HealthCare by way of scheme of arrangement
  • IntelliHub (Pacific Equity Partners) on the auction and partial sell down to Brookfield Asset Management
  • IntelliHub on the acquisition of GreenSync Limited
  • take private acquisition of Mainstream by Apex (Genstar Capital) by way of scheme of arrangement
  • SafetyCulture on the acquisition of SHEQSY
  • Liverpool Partners on the acquisition of Padre Coffee
  • Mr Yum on the acquisition of My Guest List

Clayton also advised on numerous VC capital raising, including Kasada, Truescope, Me& and Baymatob.


In his role as Co-head of the Australian Venture Capital practice, Clayton works regularly with founders, portfolio companies and investors across the full investment lifecycle.

Clayton holds a Bachelor of Laws with first class honours and a Bachelor of Commerce with honours from the University of Sydney. He is admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales.

Clayton is co-editor of Towns under Siege: Developments in Australian Takeovers and Schemes, a major book on Australian M&A.

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