James is a Managing Associate in the Dubai corporate practice and has experience advising corporates, financial institutions and private equity houses on a variety of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate re-organisations, joint ventures and disposals, including specific experience in the retail and consumer space. James also has experience in running multiple bolt-on acquisition programmes for large corporates with a focus on high volume, lower value acquisition processes. Prior to joining the Dubai team, James worked in the AG Leeds office for several years.


His experience to date has included:

  • acting for Samworth Brothers on its disposal of its desserts business, Blueberry Foods, to Bakkavor
  • advising LDC on its investment in NBS alongside The Royal Institute of British Architects and members of the management team
  • advising the selling shareholders on the sale of recruitment sector business de Poel to Bain Capital
  • advising the shareholders of Go Outdoors (including 3i and YFM) on the £112m sale to JD Sports
  • advising the selling shareholders of Symington's (including ICG) on the sale to Newlat Food
  • advising M.K.M and its shareholders on a secondary MBO backed by Bain Capital
  • advising the selling shareholders of direct to consumer, energy drink business Sneak Energy on the majority investment by UK private equity house, True  
  • advising SGG (funded by Astorg Partners) on the acquisition of multi-jurisdictional fund administration business, Augentius 
  • working on high volume multiple acquisition programmes for both Simplyhealth and the Broker Network