James’ practice focuses on corporate transactions, including both public company takeovers and private M&A, equity capital markets (including IPOs), and a variety of English company law and listed company and corporate governance matters.

He has represented private equity firms, investment banks and corporate clients across a range of industries. James has particular experience in English law and UK regulation applicable to UK listed companies.
    • Advised Michelin on its acquisition of the Masternaut Group
    • Advised Melrose on its £8.1 billion hostile takeover of GKN plc
    • Advised Twenty-First Century Fox on aspects of its contested £27 billion offer for Sky plc
    • Advised Blackstone on its acquisition of Cirsa Gaming Corporation and the Ideal Shopping Group and their respective shareholder arrangements
    • Advised KKR on various sales of shares in Pets at Home Group plc for an aggregate £407 million by way of accelerated bookbuilt offerings
    • Advised Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan in connection with Michael Kors' £896 million acquisition of Jimmy Choo PLC
    • Advised Groupe Fnac on its contested £914 million cash and share acquisition of Darty Plc
    • Advised Gates Industrial Corporation on its acquisition of the Techflow Flexibles business
    • Advised Melrose on the sale of its Elster business to Honeywell International for £3.3 billion
    • Advised Aston Martin on its private placement of £200 million preference shares
    • Advised Blackstone and CVC on various sales of shares in Merlin Entertainments plc for an aggregate £1.3 billion by way of accelerated bookbuilt offerings
    • Advised Pets at Home Group plc and KKR on Pets at Home’s £1.25 billion London main market IPO
    • Advised Nanjing Cenbest on its acquisition of a majority stake in House of Fraser
    • Advised Apax, Blackstone, KKR, Permira and Providence Equity on various sales of shares in TDC A/S by way of accelerated bookbuilt offerings
    • Advised KKR on its acquisition of South Staffordshire plc
    • Advised Melrose on the disposal of its Crosby and Acco divisions to KKR for US $1.01 billion
    • Advised First Reserve on the disposal of its majority stake in Acteon Group Limited to KKR for £400 million
    • Advised Arle Capital Partners on its disposal of the Capital Safety Group to KKR for US $1.12 billion
    • Advised Blackstone on its acquisition of the Jack Wolfskin Group for €600 million
    • Advised KKR on its joint investments in Ambea A.B. and Grupo Inaer
    • Advised Standard Life plc on its disposal of Standard Life Bank to Barclays Bank PLC
    • Advised M-real Corporation on the disposal of its graphic paper business to Sappi Limited for €750 million
    • Advised Cadbury Schweppes plc on the demerger of its Americas Beverages business and the listing of Cadbury plc and Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. on the London and New York Stock Exchanges respectively

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