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James F. Wilkinson

James F. Wilkinson

Partner

Education

  • University of Cambridge, B.A., Law
  • University of Cambridge, M.A., Law

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • England and Wales

James is a partner in the firm's Europe & Middle East Corporate Group, based in London. James focuses on a broad range of corporate finance and company/commercial transactions, including cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions, alliances, joint ventures and equity issues for public and private clients and dealing with commercial contracts and related work, particularly for clients in the media and technology, energy and natural resources and real estate sectors.

James is part of the UK Equity Capital Markets practice and has been involved with numerous equity issues for domestic and international companies in the UK. In particular, he has been involved in new and secondary issues on AIM, the junior market of the London Stock Exchange, since its inception in 1995. James has considerable experience of advising overseas companies seeking to raise equity capital and a listing in London. James has particular experience of working with Chinese companies coming to London and has spoken at conferences on the subject.

James works closely with several significant clients of the firm's Real Estate Group on corporate transactions, including sales and acquisitions of corporate vehicles and unit trusts, fund formation, joint ventures and partnerships.

James has worked on a number of significant transactions, involving clients from Kazakhstan. James leads Reed Smith's transactional capability in the Astana office.

Employment History

  • 2007 - Reed Smith
    • Former head of the Europe & Middle East Corporate Group
  • 2002 - Richards Butler (combined with Reed Smith in 2007)
  • 1993 - Watson, Farley & Williams
    • made partner in 1996
  • 1987 - Travers Smith Braithwaite
    • trained and qualified