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James Parkes


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English

James Parkes is a partner in the Corporate Transactions group. He advises UK and international clients on a broad range of transactions, including domestic and cross-border M&A (public and private), joint ventures, restructuring and financing transactions. His clients span a number of industry sectors, including consumer and retail, real estate, TMT, sports, hospitality and leisure, and life sciences. James specialises in advising corporates, financial sponsors and investment banks on transactions undertaken on the UK equity capital markets (both the Main Market and AIM).

James has been recognised as a leading practitioner by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500.

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“A star of the future… James is very calm under pressure and very to the point”

Chambers & Partners

Relevant experience

  • Pendragon on its GBP 367m sale of its automotive business to, and strategic partnership with, Lithia Motors
  • Finsbury Food on its GBP 144m recommended takeover by Frisbee Bidco, an entity owned by funds managed by DBAY 
  • Galliford Try on its GBP 1.075 bn sale of its Linden Homes and Partnerships & Regeneration businesses to Vistry
  • Big Yellow on over £400m of equity fundraisings and its £145m acquisition of Armadillo Self Storage
  • L&G Capital Investments on the GBP 352m Main Market IPO of Pod Point
  • Hollywood Bowl on its GBP 240m Main Market IPO and subsequent equity fundraisings
  • Strix on its GBP 190m AIM IPO and EUR 31.6m acquisition of Laica
  • LondonMetric Property on its GBP 415m recommended takeover of A&J Mucklow
  • The All England Lawn Tennis Ground on its issuances of various series of Wimbledon Centre Court and No. 1 Court Debentures and its acquisition of Wimbledon Park Golf Club
  • Galliford Try on its GBP 157m ‘cash-box’ rights issue
  • Liberum on the GBP 73m AIM IPO of Aquis Exchange
  • Panmure Gordon on the GBP 20m AIM IPO of Arecor Therapeutics
  • The Royal Bank of Scotland on its GBP 53m public company acquisition of FreeAgent
  • The management of Harvey Nash in relation to its GBP 98m acquisition by The Power of Talent
  • Mayfair Equity Partners on its GBP 79m recommended offer for Nasstar
  • CooperSurgical on its GBP 140m acquisition of the Wallace line of IVF products from Smiths Medical and GBP 47.5m acquisition of Safe Obstetrics Systems
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  • 2000 - LPC (Distinction), College of Law, London
  • 1999 - BA Law & History (Joint Hons), University College London, London
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