James McDonald > Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP
E14 5DS

Work Department

Capital Markets




James McDonald concentrates in corporate finance transactions, focusing on international offerings of securities, including high-yield debt offerings. His transactional experience includes representing issuers and underwriters on a broad range of corporate finance transactions in Europe and the United States.


  • J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1998
  • M.B.A., Boston University School of Management, 1999
  • B.A., Cornell University, 1993

Lawyer Rankings

London > Finance > High yield

(Leading individuals)

James McDonaldSkadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP stands out for its ‘expertise, availability and business-minded approach‘ to the high yield market. Working closely with the leveraged finance team, the high yield practice is able to create innovative solutions involving leveraged loans and bonds. The practice also works seamlessly with the M&A practice to ensures that covenants and other terms are aligned across transaction documents. Danny Tricot leads the capital markets practice, in which James McDonald is the lead partner for high yield deals, which are a key feature of his international corporate finance practice. Pranav Trivedi, whose work includes IPOs, privatisations and cross-border M&A, also plays a key role in high yield bond offerings. ‘The partners provide excellent service and strong engagement‘, remarks one client.

London > Finance > Debt capital markets

At Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP, clients appreciate ‘the expertise, business approach and availability‘ of partners. The DCM practice is active in the UK, European and US debt markets on behalf of issuers, underwriters and other market participants. The majority of its work is cross-border and from London it is active in debt deals in the greater European region, the CIS and  the Middle East, as well as offering a wealth of experience in many emerging markets. Its focus is on Eurobonds, sovereign debt, convertible bonds, regulatory capital trades, EMTN and other debt programmes, as well green and sustainability-linked bonds. European head of capital markets Danny Tricot ‘provides excellent service and strong engagement‘, while head of the London office Pranav Trivedi is a key adviser on corporate finance transactions. Tricot acted for Citigroup, JPMorgan and other lenders in a $12.5bn Rule 144A/Regulation S offering of bonds by Qatar Petroleum, the state energy company of Qatar, which is now known as Qatar Energy. US capital markets partner James McDonald handles corporate finance transactions, focusing on international offerings of securities. Associate Andrew Hurwitzhas very good technical skills, is very responsive to queries and pushes matters forward‘.