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.
- Advised HANetf, Europe’s first independent, full service, third-party provider of UCITS Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), on its 2017 seed round and 2019 series A round
- Advised the selling shareholders on the sale of Thomas Exchange Global, a London based retail foreign exchange (FX) business, to Irish financial services group, Fexco, now the largest independent FX operator in the UK
- 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.
“The Irwin Mitchell team, led by James Paton-Philip, was excellent throughout the transaction. The team members worked tirelessly and around the clock to support and guide us successfully through the deal. They have an impressive work ethic and manner, meaning that it was an absolute pleasure and delight to have worked with each and every person at the firm who contributed to getting the transaction over the line. We couldn’t be happier and wouldn’t hesitate in recommending their services to any future potential client.” – the sellers of Thomas Exchange Global
James is described as being “responsive, accessible, client-focused” and he is "noted for his expertise in the technology sector" – 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