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James Mountain is experienced in advising issuers and underwriters in capital markets transactions, with particular emphasis on equity offerings across both developed and emerging markets. James’ experience includes IPOs on the main market of the London Stock Exchange and AIM as well as other stock exchanges throughout the world, secondary offerings, private placements (including into the United States under Rule 144A) and quick-to-market transactions. James has also worked on secondment at a major international investment bank and a FTSE 100 company.

James is recognised in Chambers UK 2023 for his ECM capabilities and described as a “tremendous lawyer.” Client say: “he provided an excellent service to us. He is very diligent and got the job done well.”

Concentrations

  • Equity capital markets

Capabilities

Experience

  • Represented EverArc Holdings on its $2bn acquisition of Perimeter Solutions and its re-list on the New York Stock Exchange, including a $1.15bn private placement to part-fund the acquisition
  • Represented Numis Securities and Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG on FTSE 250 constituent JTC plc's £65m fundraising on the main market of the London Stock Exchange
  • Represented Digital Landscape Group on its admission to trading on the London Stock Exchange with a market capitalisation of approximately $500m
  • Represented EverArc Holdings on its $340m IPO on the main market of the London Stock Exchange and subsequent $70m accelerated bookbuild (ABB) placing
  • Represented Liberum on the £165m IPO of Urban Exposure on AIM
  • Represented Ocean Outdoor Limited, a premium digital out of home advertising business, on its admission to the main market of the London Stock Exchange
  • Represented J2 Acquisition Limited on its $1.25bn IPO on the main market of the London Stock Exchange
  • Represented Landscape Acquisition Holdings Limited on its $500m IPO on the main market of the London Stock Exchange
  • Represented Sanlam Limited on its placing of new shares for 5.7bn Rand ($490m) by way of an accelerated bookbuilt offering on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange
  • Represented Liberum on the IPO of Alpha FX on AIM
  • Represented Ocelot Partners Limited on its $425m IPO on the London Stock Exchange
  • Represented Numis Securities on the £200m IPO of Luceco plc on the main market of the London Stock Exchange
  • Represented Nomad Holdings Limited (re-named Nomad Foods Limited) on its $500m IPO on the London Stock Exchange, its $1bn private placement and $3bn re-listing on the London Stock Exchange following its reverse takeover of Iglo Group
  • Represented Nomad Foods Limited on its $320m equity raise carried out by way of an accelerated bookbuilt offering
  • Represented Numis Securities as sponsor and underwriter of the £100m IPO of Clipper Logistics plc on the main market of the London Stock Exchange
  • Represented Deutsche Bank and Numis Securities, the joint sponsors and the underwriters of the £490m IPO of Polypipe Group plc on the main market of the London Stock Exchange
  • Represented Platform Acquisition Holdings Limited on its US$905 million IPO on the London Stock Exchange, the largest new money raise in London in 2013
  • Represented Deutsche Bank AG London as placing agent on the US$250 million placing by Growthpoint Properties Limited on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange
  • Represented the underwriters, led by Deutsche Bank, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, BofA Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, KBC Securities and Santander Investment, in the offer and sale by Belgium's KBC and Spain's Banco Santander of nearly 20 million shares in Bank Zachodni WBK, a leading Polish bank, for 4.9 billion PLN (US $1.5 billion), or 245 PLN per share. This was one of the biggest secondary offerings of shares in the history of the Warsaw Stock Exchange
  • Represented Deutsche Bank AG London on the US$200 million placing by Hyprop Investments Limited on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange
  • Represented Barclays Capital, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley and Ipopema S.A in the US$640 million initial public offering of Alior Bank S.A. on the Warsaw Stock Exchange

Recognition & Leadership

  • Recognised practitioner in Chambers UK Guide: Capital Markets – Equity
  • Listed in Legal 500 UK: Corporate and Commercial – Equity Capital Markets
  • Leading Lawyer - Highly regarded in IFLR1000 UK 2019-2020 and 2022-2023: Capital Markets - Equity
  • Member, Winning Team, "M&A Deal of the Year (Over $1 Billion to $5 Billion)" for Platform Specialty Products Corporation (f/k/a Platform Acquisition Holdings Limited) acquisition of MacDermid, Incorporated and related entities, The M&A Advisor’s 6th Annual International M&A Awards, 2014
  • Member, Winning Team, ACG New York Champion’s Awards, Deal of the Year (over $500mm); Cross-border Transaction of the Year (over $250mm) for $1.8 billion Acquisition of MacDermid, Inc. by Platform Acquisition Holdings Limited, 2014

Credentials

Education
  • LL.B., Law, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1996
Admissions
  • England and Wales