James Bounds

James Bounds

Baker McKenzie


James Bounds is an associate in our Corporate Markets team. James joined the Firm in Melbourne, Australia in 2016 and commenced his current role in 2018.

Practice Focus

James' practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and providing company law and governance advice to Australian-based and foreign companies.

He has particular experience in advising on domestic and cross-border private M&A transactions, and the acquisition of Australian companies and businesses. He has a burgeoning interest in transactions and projects in the renewable energy sector.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Acted for a range of Australian-based and foreign companies in respect of joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions, with a particular focus on the agricultural and energy sectors.

  • Advised a number of Australian-based and foreign companies in respect of their corporate governance and regulatory compliance obligations.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Registered Migration Agent (Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority)

Corporate Responsibility

  • Volunteer lawyer, Refugee Legal
  • Volunteer lawyer, Women's Legal Service Victoria
  • Volunteer lawyer, Justice Connect Self-Representation Service
  • Recipient, Baker McKenzie Pro-Bono Award
  • Member, BakerDNA Committee
  • Member, Indigenous Engagement Committee
  • Member, Melbourne Social Committee


  • High Court of Australia (2018)
  • Supreme Court of Victoria~Australia (2018)


  • Georgetown University Law Center (Centre for Transnational Legal Studies) (2017)
  • University of Melbourne (JD) (2017)
  • University of Melbourne (BA, Art History; Media and Communications) (2013)
  • University College Dublin (Exchange Program) (2013)


  • English