James Scoville > Debevoise & Plimpton LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Work Department

Insurance, securities, M&A, corporate governance.


James Scoville is a corporate partner whose practice focuses on securities matters and capital markets transactions. He advises both issuers and underwriters in U.S.-registered and global offerings, with particular experience working on listings on the London Stock Exchange and U.S. exchanges by Russian, Chinese and other emerging market companies, as well as representing insurance companies and underwriters in insurance company securities offerings.


Qualified New York 1988; associate Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York and London 1987 to date; partner 1996 to date. Mr. Scoville served as Managing Partner for Debevoise’s London office from 2005 to 2013.


Bar Association of the City of New York; American Bar Association; International Bar Association; New York State Bar Association.


Dartmouth College (1983 AB cum laude with honours); University of Chicago Law School (1987 JD Hons).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Industry focus > Emerging markets

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has ‘a strong practice with industry and geographical knowledge, attention to detail, and commercial awareness‘. The London office works closely with teams in New York, Frankfurt, Hong Kong and other global centres to handle transactions in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, India, Russia and the CIS, and Latin America. It focuses predominantly on investments, M&A, projects, disputes and joint ventures. Geoffrey Burgess, who maintains a highly international M&A practice, with a focus on Africa, India and Russia/CIS, leads the practice alongside capital markets partner James Scoville, chair of European and Asian litigation Lord Peter Goldsmith KC and co-chair of the Africa practice Patrick Taylor. International counsel Vera Losonci, who focuses on equity and debt offerings, is also a key adviser on emerging markets issues, notably in Russia and the CIS. Burgess is described by one client as  ‘a strong advocate who brings a commercial reasonableness to the table to get deals done‘.