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James Waddell

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Stevens & Bolton LLP

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Corporate partner and head of corporate and commercial group.  James deals with a wide range of corporate, corporate finance and related regulatory work, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, private equity transactions, joint ventures and corporate governance issues.  He acts for some of the firm’s larger corporate clients as well as the owners of high growth companies across a number of sectors, from incorporation through to exit.  His sector experience includes technology, financial services and outsourcing/distribution.


Trained Macfarlanes; qualified 1999; joined Stevens & Bolton LLP in 2001; partner since 2007.


Kings School, Canterbury; Durham University.


Family, fly-fishing, tennis.

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

Within: M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

James Waddell leads the practice at Stevens & Bolton LLP, which has handled a number of cross-border M&A transactions; Keith Syson and Nick Atkins advised e-Travel, an online travel company based in Greece, on its merger with Swedish company Etraveli, and Syson also acted for the shareholders of Acro Aircraft Seating on the £55m sale of the company to China-based Zhejiang Science and Technology Investment Company. In addition, Jenny Robertson acted for Thesis Asset Management on its £47m sale to Regit Bidco, and Waddell advised insurance broker Stackhouse Poland on a series of transactions, including the acquisition of Lucas Fettes. Richard Baxter, Joe Bedford and Ken Woffenden are also key members of the team. Other clients include Bunzl, Metropolis International Group and Broker Network.

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South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Within: Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Stevens & Bolton LLP's team is ‘excellent' for corporate M&A and commercial services work. It serves clients ranging from local startups, especially in the technology sectors, to international corporate clients including US investors. It advised the shareholders of e-Travel, which is based in Athens and has an office in Ireland, on its merger with Etraveli, a global online travel platform based in Sweden. James Waddell leads a team that can ‘focus on the key issues’ even during tight time frames and Nick Atkins  ‘is pro-active, responsive,  easy to speak to and commercial in his approach to understanding the client’s needs’. Joe Bedford and Ken Woffenden are highlighted for ‘their great understanding’ of clients' commercial needs. Other core names include Jenny Robertson, highly experienced duo Richard Baxter and Keith Syson, and head of commercial Beverley Whittaker. Senior associates James Floyd and Oscar Horwich  are also noted.

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