Maple & Black
James is a banking and finance partner at Maple & Black.
Having qualified into the general banking team of a large international firm and more latterly as legal director at one of the world's largest firms, he has a broad experience of general asset and structured finance and particular expertise in real estate finance. James has worked on UK, European and cross-border real estate development and investment transactions, advising borrowers, banks, institutional investors and debt funds across a full range of sectors including residential, retail, office, logistics, healthcare, hotel and leisure and multi-use.
With the benefit of secondments at the CMBS teams of two international investment banks and on the structured property finance team at a global corporate bank, James has a wide number of contacts within the industry as well as detailed knowledge of lender processes and requirements.
For a number of years prior to law, James was company secretary and director of a family business which enables him to approach his clients' transactions pragmatically, and to identify quickly the commercial issues which require legal solutions. Recent work includes acting for a lender on a high profile hotel transaction in Shoreditch and the enfranchisement of a portfolio of properties in St John's Wood; and acting for the borrower on the financing of luxury residential developments in Bloomsbury, Notting Hill and Mayfair.
Maple & Black is a boutique corporate, commercial and property law firm based in Soho, London. All of the firm's lawyers are ex-city lawyers who provide the quality of service and expertise that you would expect from a city firm but at more competitive rates. Experienced in both UK and cross border transactions, Maple & Black advise corporate clients and private individuals on a wide spectrum of matters including internal and external corporate transactions, joint ventures, sales and acquisitions and landlord and tenant law. They also advise sporting professionals and bodies on a range of matters.