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 2014 ranks James in the top tier of corporate lawyers, noting he earns considerable praise from sources for his extensive capital markets and transactional advisory practice. Previous editions state "he is singled out by sources as a 'fantastic commercial lawyer who's on top of the legal side and great at determining where it's commercially important'" and he is praised by clients "for his strategic, proactive advice and excellent negotiation skills" and for being "a very good reader of the situation, and very intuitive in terms of where the other side was at. He understands when to push forward and when to try another approach."

IFLR1000 2014 names James as a leading lawyer with previous editions describing him as an "impressive" individual and a "corporate heavyweight". James is recommended by Asia Pacific Legal 500 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