Banking Partner, London
“I am a London-based banking lawyer advising on global loans across the credit spectrum with a focus on deals involving emerging markets and the Middle East, where I was based for five years. I am proactive, responsive and commercially focused assisting clients to complete their most complex deals efficiently and expertly.”
James advises arrangers, corporates and sponsors on all areas of bank lending, including global loans, syndicated finance, margin loans (often connected with IPOs) and restructuring across Europe and the emerging markets.
Until his return to the firm’s London office in 2013, James led the firm’s Middle East banking practice, and he continues to lead high-profile, Middle East-related transactions.
James helped develop lending structures involving a combination of Islamic and conventional finance and pioneered transactions involving jumbo pre-IPO syndicated margin loans and hybrid fund financings using proxies for LTVs.
James has led on a wide range of complex finance transactions in Europe and the Middle East. These include advising:
- the lead arrangers on ArcelorMittal’s loan facilities, including the US$7bn acquisition facility to acquire Essar Steel and a separate US$5.5bn revolving facility
- Global University Systems on its banking facilities, culminating in a €1bn term loan B financing
- the lead arrangers on all NMC Health’s syndicated financings, including the US$2bn acquisition and refinancing facilities in 2018
- Takeda on its US$35bn facilities to acquire Shire
- Rio Tinto on its US$7bn facilities
- the lead arrangers on the conventional and Islamic US$6bn acquisition facilities and US$5bn long-term facilities for Equate, the global petrochemicals company
James has also advised:
- the arrangers on a series of IPO-related margin loans for financial sponsors, including over shares in ConvaTec Group, Worldpay, NETS, Intrum Justitia and Network International
- a private equity fund on a series of hybrid secured capital call and margin loan financings
- Sappi, the South Africa-based paper and pulp company, on its €525m revolving facilities and its €1.6bn secured senior loan and high yield bond financing arrangements
- the lead arrangers on £800m and £250m syndicated facilities for Dixons Carphone
- the lead arrangers on a series of corporate purpose and acquisition facilities culminating in the US$1.2 facilities for Hikma Pharmaceuticals
- the lead arrangers on the €2.6bn and US$3bn facilities for Qatar National Bank
- the coordinating committee on the US$10bn restructuring of Dubai Group