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James Cross

James Cross



  • Nottingham Law School, 2002, LPC
  • University of Essex, 2001, LL.B.

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • England and Wales

James is a partner in the Private Equity practice. Prior to joining Reed Smith, James worked at Simmons & Simmons, SJ Berwin and Dentons. James qualified in 2004.

James has a broad range of international corporate experience with particular expertise in all forms of private equity transactions including buy-outs, secondaries, acting for management, restructurings and bolt-on acquisitions.

James has advised numerous private equity sponsors on auction processes/bids, including Anacap Financial Partners, ECI Partners, Nova Capital, CBPE Capital, Clarion Capital Partners, Leeds Equity Partners, Risk Capital Partners, Sovereign Capital, Rubicon Partners Industries, Duke Street, Graphite Capital, EQT Partners and STAR Capital Partners.

James also has particular expertise in acting for management teams having done so for Pret a Manger, Samsonite, City & County Healthcare, Griffin Global Group, SafetyKleen and Gatwick Airport.

Employment History

  • 2012 - Reed Smith