James leads the Hong Kong office where he specializes in capital markets, M&A and private equity transactions. James has been based in Hong Kong since 2000 and has developed expert knowledge advising clients across all of Asia.
Primary Focus & Experience
James has over 20 years of experience advising clients in every major country in Asia. He represents issuers and investment banks in a variety of debt, equity and equity-linked capital markets transactions, including high-yield, regulatory capital, corporate hybrids, Rule 144A/Regulation S transactions and SEC-registered offerings, privatizations and liability management transactions. Jim is highly active in the corporate space regularly advising clients on a variety of M&A, equity and leveraged finance transactions with particular focus on Southeast Asia. He also has extensive experience advising issuers and underwriters on offerings by sovereign and quasi-sovereign entities.
Recognition & Accomplishments
James heads Milbank’s Hong Kong office and is a top tier ranked lawyer in the Philippines, China and India by Chambers Asia Pacific and Chambers Global, 2019. Jim leads Milbank’s Legal 500 Tier One-ranked Philippines practice and is listed as a leading lawyer in Hong Kong in Debt Capital Markets and Equity Capital Markets in IFLR 1000.
James is the Vice-Chair of the International Securities Law Committee of the American Bar Association as well as the Co-Chair of the Practising Law Institute’s Annual Institute on Corporate & Securities Law in Hong Kong.