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Carey Olsen

Work Department

Banking and Finance; Corporate; Investment Funds; Listing Services


James’ experience covers a wide breadth of international funds and corporate work with a particular emphasis on private equity.
Throughout the ten years spent in the City at Slaughter and May and O’Melveny & Myers, James has acted on numerous fund structurings and re-structurings, co-investments and listing transactions, as well as on portfolio acquisitions, refinancings and management spin outs.
Examples of deals he was instructed on include fund-related capital markets with clients listed on LSE (AIM and the main market) and NYSE Euronext, such as AP Alternative Assets, LP and Ingenious Media Active Capital Limited. James has also worked on several of the largest and most complex M&A transactions in the City, including Songbird Estates’ successful takeover of Canary Wharf PLC, the successful takeover of BAA PLC by a consortium led by Ferrovial and Apollo Management’s buyout of Regent Seven Seas cruise line business.
Since joining Carey Olsen, James has attracted an enviable client base, including a number of new clients.
Recent transactions of note include advising on the establishment of Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate plc, a closed-ended collective investment fund incorporated in Jersey – the largest ever real estate fund to be listed on the LSE (£1bn); advising leading Nordic private equity firm FSN Capital Partners on its latest fund FSN Capital IV which closed with €600m worth of commitments; advising Hastings Insurance Group on investment by Goldman Sachs private equity funds valuing the business at £700m; and advising ICG on the largest ever secondary deal in Europe valued at 880m euros.


James trained and qualified as a solicitor with Slaughter and May, where he spent 6 years working in one of the corporate teams in London. In 2005, James joined the private equity team of O’Melveny & Myers in London and then joined Carey Olsen in the summer of 2010. James is an alumnus of the University of London (MSc Hons), Durham University (BSc Hons) and the College of Law (London).


University of London (MSc Hons); Durham University (BSc Hons); College of Law (London).

Lawyer Rankings

Jersey > Investment funds

(Hall of Fame)

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The team at Carey Olsen is ‘fully dedicated to a matter 24/7 until it is closed‘, and is adept in work with Jersey-domiciled funds. The group is experienced across the spectrum of asset classes, with strengths in private equity and private equity secondaries, real estate, infrastructure and credit funds, as well as hedge and listed funds, and digital asset funds. The practice is jointly led by international private equity and real estate funds expert James Mulholland and Robert Milner, who focuses on advising boutique and institutional fund managers on establishing private, expert, unregulated and listed Jersey funds. Daniel O’Connor (‘relentless in his pursuit to deliver quality advice to clients adapted to their specific needs‘) specialises in structuring and formation of investment funds and is experienced in the transactions of offshore structures. Christopher Griffin (‘incisive, knows investment funds, takes the right point‘) has expertise in the regulatory aspects of fund launches and joint ventures. Counsel Claire Le Quesne is building a strong practice focusing on fund structuring and restructuring, co-investments and portfolio acquisitions. ‘Omnipresent‘ counsel Andrea Steel draws on previous experience in in-house roles to advise on fund regulation.