James is a Partner in the Corporate team.

With extensive experience in private equity transactions and domestic and cross-border company sales and acquisitions, he provides commercial guidance on investments in early stage technology and health-tech companies, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, business owner exit strategies and management buy-outs.  James also regularly advises established clients on their key commercial arrangements with customers and suppliers.

His clients include businesses operating regionally in the South West, in London and elsewhere in the UK, the Netherlands, USA and Australia.  They include market-leading digital healthcare business Doctor Care Anywhere Group PLC, international insurance claims handling provider Van Ameyde Group, gourmet sweet manufacturer Candy Kittens and regional drinks wholesaler Tolchards.

James has sector expertise in digital healthcare and insurance through his work with key clients and is known for his highly commercial and personal approach.

Recent examples of how James has supported his clients include:

  • advising on all UK aspects of Doctor Care Anywhere Group PLC’s recent successful IPO on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) which raised A$102m (circa £56m) to give it a market capitalisation of A$254.8m and which involved close collaboration with Australian advisers to the company;
  • completing the acquisition of McAusland & Turner, a marine consultancy services provider headquartered in Hull for long-standing client Van Ameyde International;
  • advising the majority shareholder of Lorient Overseas Limited, the US arm of leading designer/manufacturer of high performance door sealing systems Lorient Group, on its cross-border sale to Assa Abbloy, a global supplier of lock and security solutions; and
  • advising confectionery brand Candy Kittens on its recent deal to secure additional growth-capital investment from Katjes International, the German confectionary company.