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Work Department

Corporate

Position

James Mee is an award-winning transactional lawyer who has been instrumental in driving RPC’s transactions business since joining from a magic circle firm in 2004.

Awarded a Corporate Team of the Year accolade from the Lawyer in 2012 for a multi-billion pound sector transformational consumer products transaction, he has been shortlisted for deal awards in each of 2017, 2019 and 2021. He is a leading individual / recognised in all of the major legal directories for transactional work and sector knowledge and is an Acritas Star following recommendations by clients.

Following on from the 2012 deal and award, James established and then led RPC’s transactional insurance sector business.  This has gone from strength to strength and is now widely regarded as one of the City’s leading legal practices in this highly dynamic sector.

In addition to being an active deal do-er in the insurance and wider financial services sectors (leading more than 20 transactions in each of 2020 and 2021), James acts for corporates, private equity and other investors and management teams in a range of sectors, including in recent years the retail and consumer products, tech and data, and sports and leisure sectors.

Aligned to his role at RPC, James is a commentator on transactional and market issues, a panellist at industry events and roundtables, and was one of the two external lawyers asked to assist the London Market Group’s Brexit Working Party.

James previously sat on the Board of RPC Tyche, the insurance software business RPC recently sold to global professional services firm Aon.

James was selected for The Lawyer’s Hot 100 in 2014 for his transactional work and his focus on driving inclusion and diversity change for the better in the legal industry.

From 2017 to 2020, James was Co-Chair of the LGBTQ+ Insurance Network (Link), that won a Queen’s Award in the The Queen’s 2019 Birthday Honours.

James is currently Chair of the Board of Governors at the English National Ballet School.

Career

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 1995-2004; joined Reynolds Porter Chamberlain 2004; partner 2005.

Memberships

British Venture Capital Association.

Education

St Peter’s School, York; University of Nottingham and University of Texas School of Law (1994); Nottingham Trent University (1995) – LPC.

Leisure

Sailing; skiing; ballet.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory

(Leading individuals)

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RPC handles the full spectrum of insurance transactional and regulatory advice; the practice is instructed on M&A, reinsurance matters, Lloyd’s market assistance, commercial arrangements and insuretech issues. The department acts for insurers, brokers, management teams, investors and innovative start-ups. Practice head Matthew Griffith, also co-lead of the firm’s financial institutions regulatory group, focuses on insurance regulatory issues as well as advising insurers on their BREXIT-related restructuring projects. James Mee has considerable experience in the sector and is another key member of the team. William Hogarth joined the practice in 2021 from Clyde & Co, offering expertise in reinsurance arrangements, including legacy market transactions. Senior associate Jonathan Charwat deals with insurance contracts and regulation, in addition to investigations work.

London > Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m

Blue-chip multinationals and financial institutions turn to RPC for assistance in high-stakes, multi-jurisdictional deals. Practice chair Karen Hendy is a key port of call for a range of retailers and tech companies seeking advice on M&A transactions, restructurings, and takeover bids. Nigel Collins draws considerable praise for the depth and proficiency of his Japan-focused corporate practice, where he advises a mix of consumer goods companies, financial institutes, and consultancy firms, among others. Insurance specialist James Mee is also noted for his capabilities in cross-border private equity-driven transactions across a range of sectors, most recently in the logistics space. Since his arrival in 2021, Connor Cahalane has handled a number of deals for Main Market and AIM-listed companies, ranging from semiconductor manufacturers to fuel cell developers.

London > Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m)

RPC is noted for its work in private equity deals involving insurance companies, acting for sponsors on acquiring these companies as well as handling bolt-on deals for portfolio companies. David Wallis heads up the team and works closely with insurance specialist James Mee.