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James Roe

Partner

London

Roe James
James Roe

Partner

London

James is a corporate lawyer and equity capital markets (ECM) specialist. James's experience includes advising companies, investors and underwriters on the full range of equity capital markets and listed company transactions in the UK and on overseas exchanges, including initial public offerings, secondary offerings, demergers, acquisitions and disposals, and other significant and related party transactions. James also advises listed and large private companies on corporate governance and environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters. James is recognised as a leading lawyer by both Chambers and Legal 500.

"A subject matter expert and great business partner on transactions."
Legal 500 UK 2021 (Equity Capital Markets - Mid-High Cap)

Experience includes advising:

  • Ninety One (previously Investec Asset Management on its demerger and IPO and listing on the LSE and JSE (underwriters' counsel).
  • Network International on its IPO and listing on the Premium Segment of the LSE (issuer’s counsel).
  • WH Smith on its acquisition of Marshall Retail Group and associated £155 million equity capital raise to fund the acquisition, and its subsequent GBP165.9m placing of new ordinary shares by way of an accelerated bookbuild via “cashbox” structure (underwriters’ counsel).
  • Allied Irish Bank (AIB) on its EUR3.4bn IPO and dual listing on the Irish Sock Exchange and London Stock Exchange (acting for Irish government).
  • Capita on its GBP701m rights issue (underwriters’ counsel).
  • Equiniti on its GBP317m IPO on the London Stock Exchange and its subsequent GBP200m rights issue in connection with its acquisition of the Wells Fargo Shareholder Services division (underwriters’ counsel).
  • Clydesdale Bank on its demerger from National Australia Bank Limited and dual listing on the London Stock Exchange and Australian Stock Exchange (independent adviser to Clydesdale Bank and its Board).
  • Hibernia REIT on its EUR385m IPO on the London Stock Exchange (underwriters’ counsel) and on its subsequent EUR300m placing and open offer (Issuer’s counsel).
  • Ibstock, a leading manufacturer of clay bricks and concrete products, on its initial public offering (IPO), admission to the premium listing segment of the Official List and to trading on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).
  • Coca-Cola Iberian Partners on its USD27bn three-way merger with Coca-Cola Enterprises and Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke to form Coca-Cola European Partners, which was listed on the NYSE, Amsterdam Stock Exchange and the Madrid, Valencia, Bilbao and Barcelona stock exchanges in Spain.

Office

London

Allen & Overy LLP
One Bishops Square
London
E1 6AD

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2000

Academic

LLB, Law, UCL University of London, 1996

Post Graduate Diploma, Bachelor of Civil Law, Oxford University, 1997

LPC, Law, The College Of Law, London, 1998

Experience highlights

Recognition

News & insights

Rig at sea

News: 30 MARCH 2021

A&O advises on restructuring of Premier Oil and its merger with Chrysaor

The USD2.7 billion inter-conditional restructuring of Premier Oil plc and its all share merger with Chrysaor Holdings Limited completed on 31 March 2021 and is expected to create the largest…

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Publications: 29 JANUARY 2021

UK Regulation post-Brexit - Adjusting to the landscape for UK equity capital market participants

With the EU and the UK having reached a free trade agreement which sets out a framework for the substantial agreements to be put in place to govern their future relationship and the UK having left the…

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Latest thinking - Back to the future

Publications: 08 DECEMBER 2020

Brexit Podcast: Preparing for the end of the Brexit transition period - key points for issuers of shares

With Brexit proper fast approaching, UK listed issuers of shares need to ensure they are prepared for the end of the transition period. 

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Publications: 16 JULY 2020

Managing ESG compliance — challenges for UK listed companies

Matthew Townsend, Sally Dewar, James Roe and Anne Kirkwood of Allen & Overy LLP examine the current environmental, social and governance laws, regulatory codes and reporting obligations for large…

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