James Thompson

James Thompson

Baker & McKenzie LLP


James Thompson is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Corporate Finance group in London. Prior to joining the Firm in January 2016, he worked in multinational law firms based in London and in Sydney, and was seconded to the New York and Singapore offices. James also worked in-house as a consultant to Barclays Bank PLC, sitting within the M&A Legal team.

James’ practice comprises a mix of EMEA equities capital markets, international mergers and acquisitions (both public and private) and general corporate advisory work. He has extensive experience in the FIG space and is active in a number of other sectors including Energy, Resources & Infrastructure, and Food & Beverage/FMCG across a range of developed and developing markets.

Practice Focus

James has been prolific in his work on equities capital markets transactions in EMEA, having worked on IPOs, rights issues, cash placings and ABBs in jurisdictions including London, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Belgium, the Netherlands and South Africa, acting for issuers, selling shareholders and the underwriting banks. He also worked on high-profile public M&A transactions in the UK and other European jurisdictions, in a wide range of sectors. On the private M&A side, James has extensive experience in emerging markets including many African, Eastern European and South East Asian jurisdictions.


  • England & Wales~United Kingdom (2008)
  • New South Wales~Australia (2004)


  • English