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James Palmer

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

London, GBR

James E. Palmer studied law at Queens' College Cambridge. He has been with Herbert Smith since 1986 and has been a partner since 1994.  He co-ordinated the firm's equity capital markets practice from 2005-2010 and since May 2010 co-leads the firm's corporate practice.

He specialises in securities law, mergers and acquisitions and corporate law. From 2002- 2006 he chaired the City of London Law Society's Company Law Sub-Committee and established its Liaison Group with the UK Listing Authority. He has also led since 2002 the Law Society / City Law Society's Takeovers Working Party. He is a member of the UK Financial Services Authority's Listing Authority Advisory Committee, its external advisory group on market issues. 

He has advised on a wide range of mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions including advising Bank of Ireland on a range of transactions; advising the underwriters on its May 2010 €3.4 billion capital raising. He advised the underwriters on Standard Life's £5.25 billion demutualisation and listing and on Rio Tinto's $15 billion rights issue in June 2009, Resolution Group on various transactions including its defence of the contested takeover by Pearl and ultimate £5 billion takeover, Fortune Brands on the £7.4 billion break-up bid for Allied Domecq and BlueBay Asset Management on its £960 million takeover by Royal Bank of Canada.


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