Overview

James Watson is a partner in the London office of the Firm’s Restructuring Practice Group. James has broad experience in domestic and cross-border restructuring and formal insolvency situations, advising the full spectrum of stakeholders including debtors, creditors (both banks and alternative capital providers, individually and as ad hoc or co-ordinating committees), sponsors and insolvency practitioners.

James also advises strategic investors on investments in special situations involving stressed and distressed businesses. In addition, he advises corporates and investors on commercial matters, including mitigating the risk and impact of counterparty insolvency

James has completed client secondments with the restructuring team of a UK bank and at a leading credit fund.

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Thought Leadership

Publications

Distressed M&A: Roundtable”, Financier Worldwide (December 2018)

Scheming in Hong Kong: Court Hands Down Winsway and Kaisa Decisions”, Global Restructuring Review (November 2016)

Forging the Connection: Foreign Companies & English Schemes of Arrangement”, eurofenix (Autumn 2015)

Insolvency Lawyers’ Association annual conference 2014, “Hot Topics” session: the use of English schemes of arrangement by foreign companies (April 2014)

Seminars

Insolvency Lawyers’ Association annual conference 2014, “Hot Topics” session: the use of English schemes of arrangement by foreign companies (April 2014)

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2007, Admitted to Practice as a Solicitor of England and Wales

Languages

  • English
  • French

Education

  • Oxford Institute of Legal PracticeLPCDistinction2004
  • Magdalen College, University of OxfordB.A.Hons.2003