James Mead advises clients on a wide variety of finance transactions, including asset-based lending transactions, acquisition financings, private placements, distressed debt funding, and other banking and finance matters. James also works on special situations transactions and restructurings involving a variety of stakeholders. He frequently advises clients on cross-border financings in Europe and North America, and works across a number of industry sectors, including retail, aviation, technology, and manufacturing. James is a member of the firm’s LIBOR working group.
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 Connect Airways consortium on the acquisition and subsequent administration of Flybe, formerly Europe’s largest regional airline.
James’ experience in the retail space includes advising secured lenders lending to online and bricks-and-mortar retailers and through workouts, restructurings, and insolvency.
James completed his training contract in the London office of another US firm, where he gained experience in the banking, corporate, restructuring and insolvency, and energy teams.
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
England & Wales (Solicitor)
Awards and Affiliations
Highly Commended, Restructuring Team of the Year, The Lawyer Awards (2020)