James advises on a full range of corporate matters, with a focus on capital markets and public and private M&A transactions.

He has acted on many major M&A and securities transactions in Australasia and also regularly acts as New Zealand counsel on trans-Tasman matters.

He has advised on initial public offerings on the New Zealand Stock Exchange, and acted for New Zealand-based companies in overseas public offerings and listings, including on the NASDAQ. He has also acted for underwriters of private and public securities offerings.

Chambers Asia Pacific 2015 ranks James in the top tier of corporate lawyers, noting clients heap praise on him, highlighting him as a "fantastic partner to work with, extremely commercial and very good at getting deals done."

IFLR1000 2016 names James as a leading lawyer in capital markets and mergers and acquisitions with previous editions describing him as an "impressive" individual and a "corporate heavyweight". James is recommended by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015 for corporate and M&A work and he has also been described as "one of the foremost private equity transaction specialists in the country" in Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Private Equity Lawyers.


LLB, M(Com) Law (First Class Honours), University of Auckland


1990 New Zealand
1995 New York Bar

International Career

  • Epstein Becker & Green, LLP, New York