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TOWER BRIDGE HOUSE, ST KATHARINE'S WAY, LONDON, E1W 1AA, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 3060 6000
Fax:
Fax 020 3060 7000
DX:
600 LONDON CITY
Email:
Web:
https://www.rpc.co.uk

James Mee

Tel:
Work 020 3060 6424
Email:
Web:
www.rpc.co.uk/people/james-mee
RPC

Work Department

Corporate.

Position

Partner and head of corporate insurance and financial services. Practice areas include international and domestic M&A (public and private and private equity). Specialises in Lloyd’s; pension fund/private equity fund investments/acquisitions and disposals; and public company takeovers.

Career

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

Member

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.


London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m

Within: M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m

RPC 's ’s ‘quick, well-equipped’ team is ‘very committed to meeting deadlines’. The firm has acted on a number of high-profile transactions in the retail and technology spheres, with Nigel Collins acting for Hitachi on the acquisition of Temple Lifts and Karen Hendy acting as lead advisor to Sports Direct International on its disposal of the sportswear brand Dunlop and related wholesale business for $137.5m to Sumitomo Rubber Industries. Hendy also advised Dialog Semiconductor on its share buyback programme, split into €38m and €75m tranches. The team remains strong in the insurance sector, with James Mee and private equity specialist David Wallis acted as lead counsel to Citynet Insurance Brokers, as well as its management and selling shareholders, on the sale of the broker to Carlyle-backed PIB Group. Insurance sector expert Matthew Griffith has previously assisted Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group with the sale of Thistle Insurance Services to PIG Group. Anthony Shatz and senior associate Paul Jenkins are ‘quick thinkers’ with ‘very good people skills’.

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London: Insurance

Insurance: corporate and regulatory

Within: Insurance: corporate and regulatory

As well as being among a select group of firms which have a reputation for advising on the regulatory and transactional aspects of business at Lloyd's, RPC has an integrated team, led by Mark Crichard, which advises insurance clients on their developing technology needs and on both technology and business outsourcing. This is part of what makes the firm ‘particularly commercial and responsive’, as well as demonstrating its ability ‘to show good initiative’ in the market. ‘Very capable and bright’ practice head James Mee is ‘a pleasure to deal with’, and acted as lead counsel to Citynet Insurance Brokers on its sale to Carlyle-backed PIB. Another key highlight for the firm was Matthew Griffith's advice to QBE and Compre on the Part VII transfer of QBE’s share of the Ridgwell Fox & Partners pool legacy reinsurance business to a Finnish member of the Compre group.

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Legal Developments by:
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  • Cancelling insurance: insolvency and downgrade clauses

    One of the most common concerns for both parties to an insurance contract (including reinsurance) is that the other party might become insolvent and unable to perform its obligations under the contract. Both insurer and insured will therefore wish to have the right to cancel the insurance mid-term in the event of the other party’s insolvency, or a change in its financial circumstances that makes its insolvency a more likely prospect in the near future.
    - Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP

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