James Mead is a finance lawyer who assists clients on a wide variety of cross-border and international financing transactions, including asset-based lending transactions, refinancings, distressed debt funding, and other general banking and finance transactions. James completed his training contract at another large US firm in London where he gained experience in the banking, corporate, restructuring and insolvency, and energy teams. James works on special situations and turnarounds involving a variety of stakeholders. He also advises on transactions that span across the restructuring cycle in a multijurisdictional context.
James has experience in the aviation sector, including advising secured lenders providing working capital financing to airlines and aviation maintenance businesses, advising airlines renegotiating the terms of their aircraft leases and arrangements with credit card providers, and advising airlines and their creditors in insolvency. James advised the consortium on the acquisition and subsequent administration of Flybe, formerly Europe’s largest regional airline, and several significant creditors of Thomas Cook.
James’s experience also extends to the retail space, advising secured lenders lending to online and bricks-and-mortar retailers from a transactional finance perspective and through workouts, restructurings, and insolvencies in the United Kingdom and beyond.
Advised market-leading lenders on major asset-based lending transactions
Advised companies on their financings and associated strategic and operational matters
University of Oxford, St. Hilda’s College, 2015, M.A.
BPP Law School, London, 2015, M.A., LPC with Business
BPP Law School, London, 2014, GDL
University of Oxford, St. Hilda’s College, 2012, B.A., Honors