Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
James is a partner specialising in bank finance, acting for arrangers, corporates and sponsors. He leads the Linklaters Middle East Banking practice on all areas of bank lending, bilateral and syndicated finance, including restructuring and Islamic finance.
Recent transactions of significance which James had led in the GCC region include advising:
- the lead arrangers on a US$1.75 billion senior syndicated credit facility (comprising a conventional term facility and dual Islamic facilities) for Dubai Duty Free
- the lead arrangers on a AED4.4 billion secured Islamic facility ranking pari passu with a sukuk in favour of Jebel Ali Free Zone FZE
- the lead arrangers on the US$1.8bn refinancing for Qatar National Bank
- the co-ordinating committee for unsecured and partially secured financing on the US$10bn restructuring of Dubai Group
- the lead arrangers on the US$3bn refinancing for TAQA
Experience which James had led outside the GCC include acting for the arrangers in connection with the €16.61bn acquisition facilities for Schaeffler KG to finance its acquisition of Continental AG, US$4bn revolving facilities for ArcelorMittal S.A, US$1.5bn revolving facilities for SSAB Svenskt Stål AB (publ), a series of facilities for Xstrata plc facilities for SABIC and $24.5bn bridge acquisition facilities for Rosneft. On the borrower and sponsor side, James has acted for Borse Dubai on multiple secured refinancings and has acted for Adecco and Anglian Water on their recent refinancing facilities, for SAPPI on its financing arrangements and high-yield bond issues and for the sponsors on the acquisition of London City Airport, the acquisition of Foodvest (owners of the Findus and Young’s brands) and the acquisition of the British Car Auctions Group.
Dec 2008 - to date Partner, Linklaters Dubai
May 2008 - Nov 2008 Partner, Linklaters London
1998 - 2008 Associate, Managing Associate, Linklaters London
1996 - 1998 Trainee, Linklaters London
1994 - 1995 College of Law (LPC)
1991 - 1994 Trinity Hall, Cambridge, Law, M.A.
1986 - 1991 Wellington College