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Neil James


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

Neil James is a partner in the International Finance Practice, and leads the firm’s asset-based financing practice. Neil is a well-known practitioner in the asset-based financing sector, and has focused in this area for over 20 years. 

As well as asset-based lending, Neil is also experienced in a wide range of other bank financing areas, including corporate lending, leveraged finance, and trade finance. His expertise includes acting for senior, mezzanine and other lenders and borrowers in bilateral and syndicated transactions and for lenders (both in the UK and the US) in large-scale asset-based financings, primarily on a cross-border basis. Recently, Neil’s practice has extended to alternative lending and peer-to-peer financing.

Neil has worked on a range of project financings, in the telecommunications, mining and oil sectors (including those utilising reserve-based financing techniques). He has acted for the senior bank lenders and arrangers, including for international treaty organisations, as well as for the borrowers in these transactions.

Neil is a frequent contributor to leading financial journals and publications, in particular in the asset-based sector, including ABF Journal, The Secured Lender, Hedge Fund Journal and Financier Worldwide. He has presented at a number of conferences on asset-based financing, including the Commercial Finance Association’s Annual International Lending Conferences.     

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Relevant experience

  • A major US commercial and investment bank as arranger and agent on a US 250m asset-based financing of a major ceramics and glass-ware business.
  • A major US commercial and investment bank as arranger and agent on a US 300m asset-based financing for a major soft drinks company.
  • Two leading UK corporate banks on a £50,000,000 invoice financing transaction for a UK telecommunications services business.
  • A leading US commercial bank as arranger and agent on a US 100m project financing of a telecommunications network for a joint venture company of a leading Spanish telecommunications equipment manufacturer and the Colombian government.
  • The trade finance business of an international manufacturing and financial conglomerate providing facilities to various leading commodities-trading businesses.    
  • A market-leading UK bank provider as the arranger of US 500 million of asset-based facilities for companies in the aerospace sector.
  • The provider of a market-changing accounts receivable purchase product, on the introduction of the product into the United Kingdom, including preparing all transaction documents for the product and advising on regulatory aspects of the product.
  • A major oil and gas producer in relation to the discounting of its accounts receivable to an international manufacturing and financial business.
  • A major manufacturer of internet protocol-based networking products for the communications and information technology industries in relation to its global accounts receivable purchase programme with a leading US investment bank.
  • A major Irish bank as the arranger of US 120m of hotel development facilities for a leading international hotels group.
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Memberships & Roles

  • Commercial Finance Association
  • Asset-Based Finance Association
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Lectures list

  • Panellist at Commercial Finance Association’s 2012 London Conference on International Lending
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  • 1983 - BA in Jurisprudence, Jesus College, Oxford  
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