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James William Breffit

James William Breffit

Senior Associate

James William Breffit acts for fund managers, funds, financial institutions and family offices in the real estate, funds and corporate sectors. James advises on joint venture arrangements and structured acquisitions and disposals.


  • Fund raising and structuring
  • Secondaries
  • Joint ventures
  • M&A



  • Acted for the developer of a number of solar panel parks (advising on a number of debt facilities and corporate structuring matters).°
  • Acted for a solar developer (borrower) on an innovative £40m construction finance facility (using a letter of credit model.°
  • Acted for the purchaser on the structured acquisition of a portfolio of industrial units (consideration approximately £40m).°
  • Lead the due diligence exercise in a leading global private investment firm's acquisition of a major UK hotel and conference centre operator for approximately £232m.°
  • Acted for a vendor on the structured disposal of three solar parks (combined generating capacity of 56.6 megawatts) - enterprise value of £74m.°
  • Advised on the corporate aspects of The Crown Estate's acquisition of an interest in the Pollen Estate - The Crown Estate, in partnership with Norges Bank Investment Management, purchased a 64.2% holding for £381m.°
  • Advised a major investment bank in relation to various fund investments.°
  • Advised on various joint venture arrangements (partnerships and corporates, onshore and offshore).°
  • Advised on the £62m refinance of a solar group.°
  • Advised on the administration and depositary arrangements for a full scope UK AIFM.°
  • Advised on numerous pan-European fund raisings.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Breffit prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • Antitrust Researcher, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, 2010
  • Intern, ThinkSmart Shanghai, 2009


  • Team Member, PERE Global Awards, Law Firm of the Year: Fund Formation in Europe, 2018
  • Member, Jersey Compliance Officers Association, 2016-Present
  • Member, SIFMA, 2016-Present
  • Member, Financial Services Lawyers Association
  • Member, BVI Investment Funds Association
  • Member, Investment Management Due Diligence Association
  • Member, Hedge Fund Association
    • Member, Cayman Chapter
  • Affiliate Member, Pensions Management Institute


  • LLB, College of Law, 2009
  • B.A. (Hons), History, University of Exeter/UK, 2007
  • England and Wales