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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 > Debt capital markets

The practice at Mayer Brown International LLP is ‘technically very good, extremely reliable, and truly focuses on their clients’ best interests‘. The firm continues to broaden the scope of its DCM work, which spans commercial paper and MTN programmes, regulatory and hybrid capital issues, equity-linked securities, high yield bonds, and project bonds. Peter Pears, who joined from Clifford Chance LLP, brings considerable experience advising issuers and underwriters on complex domestic and international debt capital market offerings, including a emerging markets issuance. ‘He is always responsive and happy to talk through any query, offering clear and pragmatic solutions to often complex issues‘, notes one client. He joins experienced partner James Taylor, Bernd BohrRob Flanigan and emerging markets specialist Jim Patti.