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 two multinational law firms based in Sydney and, subsequently, London and was seconded to the New York and Singapore offices of the latter. James also worked in-house as a consultant to Barclays Bank PLC, sitting within the Principal M&A Legal team for six months.

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

Since moving to London in 2007, 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, Spain, Sweden, Italy, 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, both in the UK and other European jurisdictions, in a 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