James has excellent negotiating skills and is an ideal legal advisor. His knowledge and understanding of complex financial and even political structures in a variety of geographies is invaluable.
—David Peters, Chairman, MFF Group Limited

James Campbell leads the Corporate practice of the London office and acts for clients ranging from startups to Fortune 50 companies and governments on a broad range of issues.

James’s practice includes mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, joint ventures, IPOs, private equity, venture capital, fund formation, investment management, issues of compliance and corporate governance, investigations and asset recovery, and sports law. His clients include leading names in the oil and gas, technology and financial services industries.

Representative Experience

Advised the Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority on the sale of the Poti FIZ to the Government of Georgia.

Acted for International Media Group on the acquisition of a significant minority interest in Grupo Prisa, publisher of El Pais, Spain’s largest-circulation daily newspaper.

Professional Highlights

James is regularly invited to speak at conferences and is frequently quoted in the press.

He is the author of a considerable number of publications and is joint author of Practical Lending and Security Precedents (Sweet and Maxwell).

Honors & Awards

  • James has been recognised by the Legal 500 UK for more than a decade in each of its annual editions.

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  • The International Bar Association
  • The Arab Bankers Association
  • The City of London Solicitors Company


  • LL.M., St John's College, University of Cambridge, 1982

    M.A., St John's College, University of Cambridge, 1981


  • Solicitor, England and Wales

    Law Society of England and Wales