Channo, James

James Channo

Partner
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James Channo advises on corporate matters, including AIM and Main Market listings, reverse takeovers, cross-border M&A and JVs. He also acts on IPOs and for listed companies, private companies, sponsors, nomads, brokers and other financial intermediaries.

He represents clients in many sectors, such as financial services, FinTech, pharma, technology, hotel and energy, advising on their operations in jurisdictions including the MENA region, United States, Spain, Latin America and Australia.

He is also Co-Chair of the International Transactions Practice for Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

James Channo advises on corporate matters, including AIM and Main Market listings, reverse takeovers, cross-border M&A and JVs. He also acts on IPOs and for listed companies, private companies, sponsors, nomads, brokers and other financial intermediaries.

He represents clients in many sectors, such as financial services, FinTech, pharma, technology, hotel and energy, advising on their operations in jurisdictions including the MENA region, United States, Spain, Latin America and Australia.

He is also Co-Chair of the International Transactions Practice for Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Consistently recognised as a leading lawyer for Corporate and M&A in Chambers UK and in The Legal 500 UK, James’ experience is wide-ranging, including:

Capital Markets

  • Advised SolGold in the completed placing and retail offering of more than 120 million ordinary shares with new and existing investors at a placing price of 21.5 pence per placing share. The placing and subscriptions in aggregate raised gross proceeds of approximately £30.9 million
  • Advised Adriatic Metals Plc in the company's application and admission to the Standard Segment of the Official List of the Financial Conduct Authority and admission to trading on the main market of the London Stock Exchange
  • Advised SolGold Plc (£600 million market cap) on its move from AIM to the Standard List of the main market
  • Advised Derriston Capital Plc on its private placement and listing on the London Stock Exchange’s main market by way of a Standard Listing
  • Advised an Australian oil and gas company on its AIM listing and various subsequent equity financings including accelerated bookbuild of around A$200 million
  • Advised IronRidge, an Australia-based minerals exploration group with assets in Gabon, on its £9.7 million AIM listing, including negotiating subscriptions agreements with Sumitomo and Assore
  • Acted for a leading UK fashion retailer on its main market IPO and retail fundraising of £125 million with a market capitalisation of £400 million

Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Private Equity

  • Advised AU Card on its acquisition of Kalixa Pay Limited
  • Advised Butterfield Bank on an acquisition of Legis Group, a trust and corporate services business
  • Advised Butterfield Bank on its acquisition of HSBC's trust and private wealth assets in Bermuda
  • Advised National Oilwell Varco on various acquisitions of UK companies in the manufacturing and technology sectors
  • Acted for Pelican Energy Partners on the acquisition of a UK company in the oil and gas technology sector
  • Advised Azonto Limited (AIM:ASX) on its joint venture with Vitol and US$50 million financing in respect of African asset
  • Acting for Team Inc. on its US$335 million merger with Furmanite Corporation
  • Advised private equity firm Piton Capital, and Project A, in connection with its disposal of Treatwell, a health and beauty on-line business to Wahonda
  • Advised a main market-listed fashion retailer on its acquisition of Benelux and French franchise and distribution partner for €40 million
  • Advised a Spanish hotel chain in connection with the disposal of its London hotel for approximately €38 million
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Education
  • London Business School, 2005
    Corporate Finance Course
  • The College of Law, Guildford, 1998
  • B.A. (Hons), English Law and Spanish Law, University of Kent, 1997
  • University of Madrid Complutense (Erasmus), 1996
Languages
  • Spanish
Professional Affiliations
    • Member, The Quoted Companies Alliance
    • Member, The Spanish Chamber of Commerce
Awards & Recognitions
    • Recognised, The Legal 500, Corporate and Commercial – Equity Capital Markets: Small-Mid Cap, Corporate and Commercial – M&A: Smaller Deals up to £50M (2022)
    • Recognised, Chambers UK, Corporate/M&A (2014-2021)
Professional History
    • Partner, Locke Lord LLP
    • Partner, Fox Williams (2009-2012)
    • Associate, Fox Williams (2007-2009)
    • Associate, McCarthy Tetrault, London (2002-2007)
    • Admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales (2001)