James Klein > Shoosmiths LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Shoosmiths LLP
No 1 Bow Churchyard

Work Department

Corporate, Partner


James heads the London corporate team and Shoosmiths’ top-tier technology sector. James is a well-respected corporate lawyer with over 20 years’ PE, VC and M&A experience having acted for corporates, management teams and institutional clients including PE houses and VCs on all sizes of transactions.

A significant amount of James’ practice covers domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, corporate reorganisations and joint ventures, but he also has a strong track record in advising startups and early stage businesses particularly assisting with fundraisings (in particular through his investor connections in the UK and US),  and helping companies scale to the US.

James’ leadership of the technology sector nationally has seen the firm provide key support for a number of industry events and organisations in the last 12 months including SVC2UK (which the firm sponsored and supported), Digital Boost and Global Tech Advocates / Tech London Advocates (James sits on the Advisory Board of both).

James’s recent experience includes advising:

  • leading European tech VC Lakestar on its Series B investment into Streetbees
  • a leading US headquartered institutional investor on various investments into UK businesses
  • the shareholders on the sale of tech company NETconnection Systems to August Equity/Charterhouse
  • the shareholders on the sale of ERP software business EasyBuild to the Access Group
  • leading insurance disrupter Wrisk on numerous investment rounds
  • Beringea on their investment into esports company Fnatic as part of a $19m Series A funding round

Lawyer Rankings

London > Industry focus > TMT

Shoosmiths LLP‘s ‘pragmatic and practical’ team is particularly well known for handling corporate transactions involving technology clients and investors, in addition to assisting with procurement, supply and licensing agreements. Furthermore, the team has a strong presence in the automotive sector, where it advises major manufacturers in relation to global technology projects and commercial agreements. James Klein frequently advises venture capital and private equity clients engaged in the technology and fintech sector, while Craig Armstrong specialises in outsourcings, IT issues and IP licensings, with an emphasis on the financial services sector; the pair jointly lead the practice. Hamish Corner primarily assists technology and retail vendors and suppliers with data protection and data privacy compliance work. Sam Tyfield is known for his strong knowledge of financial services law, particularly in the context of fintech matters.