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James Wilson

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Partner in banking and finance practice. James has extensive experience of advising both lenders and borrowers in relation to property finance, acquisition finance, corporate lending, funds finance and restructuring transactions.


2017 to date Partner, Banking & Finance, Dentons (formerly Maclay Murray & Spens LLP); 2016 – 2017 Director, Banking & Finance, Maclay Murray & Spens LLP; 2013 – 2015 Associate, Banking & Finance, Maclay Murray & Spens LLP; 2009 – 2013 Senior Associate, Banking & Finance, Allens / Allens Linklaters; 2008 – 2009 Overseas Practitioner, Banking & Finance, Allens; 2005 – 2007 Associate, Banking & Finance, Slaughter and May; 2003 – 2005 Trainee Banking & Finance/Technology Media and Telecommunications/Intellectual Property/Corporate, Slaughter and May


French (some)


Admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales 2009; Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 2005; LPC at BPP Law School 2003; Oxford University BA (Hons) Jurisprudence 2002

Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Dentons now has a major banking practice in Scotland, following its combination with Maclay Murray & Spens LLP in October 2017. Led by Susan Kelly, the team acts for some of the largest corporate borrowers in Scotland in financing transactions across a wide variety of sectors, with particular strengths in food and drink, financial services and energy. It also generates a significant amount of lender-side work, with the firm having longstanding relationships with clients such as The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Santander and Clydesdale Bank. As part of a wider global network, the Scotland-based team has a strong capability in cross-border transactions; this is particularly the case in funds finance, an area where recently promoted partner James Wilson and Kelly are leading experts. Outside of funds finance, Stuart Fitzsimmons and Anna Crosby acted as the lead counsel to Norwegian defence and maritime company Kongberg Gruppen ASA in the refinancing of a circa £200m revolving facility involving SEB Bank, Danske Bank, Nordea Bank and JP Morgan. Fitzsimmons and senior associate Johanne Lewin also assisted RBS, Lloyds Bank Plc, Nationwide and Blackrock with providing financing to Wheatley Housing Group. A notable asset-based lending transaction involved Wilson acting for First Milk Limited in the provision of a £76m asset-based lending facility by Wells Fargo in 2017. Ainsley Reid joined Morton Fraser.

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