He specializes in advising on the establishment and day-to-day operation of private investment funds in the UK, Europe and globally for a variety of independent and institutional fund managers across a range of strategies, in particular private equity, infrastructure, energy, real estate and credit. He also advises fund managers on co-investment arrangements, secondary fund interest sales, fund extensions, re-structurings and roll-overs, end of fund life portfolio sales and manager spin outs, as well as on their executive remuneration arrangements. In addition to advising a number of institutional investors with respect to their investments in various private funds.
James has a particular focus on "real assets" funds, and has advised a number of leading European infrastructure and real estate managers in recent years. He is highly experienced in structuring "long-term hold" funds, in particular in designing incentivisation structures that align GP and LP interests in funds where assets are not intended to be sold in the short to mid-term.
Clients describe him as "an astute and highly effective negotiator" and "someone who has the ability to distil highly complex issues into easily understandable concepts and to provide practical workable solutions to them."
James was named in private funds management’s ‘30 Under 40’ List 2017, and is listed as a Next Generation Lawyer for Private Funds and Real Estate Funds in Legal 500 UK 2017.