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Banking & Finance


James Taylor is a partner in the Banking & Finance practice of the London office. James’ practice focuses on public and private offerings of debt and equity-linked securities, advising issuers and underwriters on the standalone issue and offering of retail and wholesale medium term notes, commercial paper, certificates of deposit, warrants, convertible and exchangeable bonds and covered bonds, as well as the establishment and update of platforms for the issuance of multiple types of securities, the structuring of liability management transactions and the provision of ongoing advice on securities laws, corporate governance and stock exchange requirements related to them. James has, in recent years, advised state-owned and privately owned companies and underwriting banks on some of the most cutting edge equity-linked instruments to come to market, including mandatory convertible bonds issued as part of recapitalisation programmes and contingent capital instruments and other forms of regulatory capital issued in compliance with the Basel III guidelines. James experience has covered a diverse range of jurisdictions, including most parts of Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Russia and the former CIS, New Zealand, Australia and Canada.


Prior to joining Mayer Brown in 2012, James worked in the London and Moscow offices of another large international law firm, and was seconded to the emerging markets group of a major international bank. In addition to his native English, James is fluent in Russian. In 2014, Financial News included James in its “40 under 40 Rising Stars in Legal Services” list of “the brightest up-and-coming lawyers in European capital markets.”


English Russian German


The College of Law, Guildford; Legal Practice Course – Distinction University of Surrey; BSc (Hons) Law and Russian – First Class Honours

Lawyer Rankings

London > Finance > Emerging markets

The ‘highly proactive and efficient team’ at Mayer Brown International LLP is praised for its ‘responsiveness, technical capability and availability‘. In 2018, the firm expanded its capabilities in export, trade and multi-lateral financing in the commodities, energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors. Ashley McDermott who focuses exclusively on emerging markets finance joined from Clifford Chance LLP to co-lead the practice with leading lights Ian Coles, who is head of the Africa and mining practices, and Rachel Speight, who acts for banks and sponsors in cross-border structured and project financings in the natural resources and infrastructure sectors. Newly promoted counsel Danuta De Vries is ‘highly professional and an excellent communicator‘. Clients also recommend James Taylor and Chris Arnold for debt capital markets and structured finance respectively. Active in deals in Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Turkey, the firm is highly regarded for project finance, capital markets, export and agency finance, structured commodity finance, structured finance and derivatives.

London > Finance > Debt capital markets

The US and English law capability in Mayer Brown International LLP‘s London office sees it acting in some of the most demanding transatlantic debt capital markets transactions for issuers and underwriters, complementing the work of its pan-European and emerging market debt practices. James Taylor specialises in European debt and equity-linked capital markets, including commercial paper, MTN, Eurobonds, convertible and exchangeable bonds and other structured equity issuances. Robert Flanigan, who is dual-qualified in New York and France, focuses on European debt capital markets, including project bonds, regulatory capital, convertible and exchangeable bonds, US private placements and sovereign debt. Bernd Bohr, whose main focus is high yield issuance in Germany, also handles investment grade transactions, including SEC-registered offerings, Rule 144A offering and Reg S offerings, exceeding €1bn in value.