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James Paton-Philip



James is a Partner in the Corporate team in London. He advises both private and public listed companies on a wide range of domestic and international transactions, including AIM and Main Market listings, mergers and acquisitions, disposals, venture capital and private equity investments, joint ventures and reorganisations.

James has a particular focus on the technology sector and advises clients across the full breadth of their lifecycle, from start-up to exit.

Being a fluent Spanish speaker, James is also well-disposed to Iberian clients doing business in the UK.

Recent Highlights 

  • Advised HANetf, Europe’s first independent full services third-party provider of UCITS Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), on its seed funding round
  • Advised life-sciences company Destiny Pharma on its £70 million admission to AIM
  • Advised the Council of Mortgage Lenders in relation to its integration into a new UK-wide trade association for the finance and banking industry
  • Advised the selling shareholders on the sale of Engage ESM, a leading provider in the enterprise-service management sector and a ServiceNow Gold Services Partner, to Paris listed Atos, a global leader in digital services
  • Advised Uniplaces on its £15m Series A fundraise, one of the largest Series A fundraisings in Europe that year
  • Advised Eastleigh-based Hendy Group on the purchase of the Lifestyle Motor Group in a deal which created a group with more than 1,000 employees. The combined group operates 12 motor franchises at 25 locations and boast an annual turnover of £560m

Market View

James is described as being “responsive, accessible, client-focused” – Legal 500, 2017

"What all start-up ventures really need is high quality professional assistance and advice. With James and his team at Irwin Mitchell we have been very lucky to find an incredibly supportive legal partner who actively assists us in building our business." – CEO, Unizest

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