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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.

"He is absolutely superb. He's calm and very good at predicting timetables.
Chambers UK 2020

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

A&O advises Network International on a placing of ordinary shares in connection with its acquisition of DPO Group to raise GBP205 million

News: 07 AUGUST 2020

A&O advises Network International on a placing of ordinary shares in connection with its acquisition of DPO Group to raise GBP205 million

Allen & Overy has advised Network International Holdings plc (Network International), the leading enabler of digital commerce across the Middle East and Africa, on its placing of ordinary shares in…

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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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News: 01 JULY 2020

A&O advises the underwriters for EasyJet’s share placing

Allen & Overy is advising BNP Paribas and Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited as joint global coordinators and joint bookrunners to easyJet plc on its placing of ordinary shares, raising gross…

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Publications: 28 MAY 2020

ESG for UK pension schemes: imminent deadlines and future changes

Pension scheme trustees are rightly focusing on key operational priorities during the current Covid-19 global health crisis – but it's important not to lose sight of a number of upcoming changes…

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