Expertise

James is an 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.

Experience

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