James Cross is a partner at the firm’s London office and is a member of the private equity practice group. He has a broad range of international corporate experience with particular expertise in all forms of private equity transactions. This encompasses buy-outs, secondary transactions, restructurings and bolt-on acquisitions, acting either for investors or management.
James has advised numerous private equity sponsors on auction processes/bids, including Anacap Financial Partners, August Equity, BlueGem, CBPE Capital, Clarion Capital Partners, Duke Street, ECI Partners, Endless, EQT Partners, ESO Capital, Graphite Capital, Horizon Capital, Inflexion, Leeds Equity Partners, Nova Capital, Risk Capital Partners, Rubicon Partners Industries, Sovereign Capital, STAR Capital Partners and Vitruvian.
He has particular experience acting for management teams. This includes in relation to atHome Group, City & County Healthcare, Côte Restaurants, Gatwick Airport, Griffin Global Group, Microgen Financial Systems, Pret a Manger, SafetyKleen, Samsonite, Stowe Family Law, Tax Systems, Touchstone Group, and Weir Group Plc’s Flow Control division. He also has particular capabilities advising investors from China and the US on cross-border acquisitions of, and investments in, UK and European businesses and on complex corporate carve-outs.
Prior to joining the firm, James worked at Reed Smith, Simmons & Simmons, SJ Berwin and Dentons. James qualified in 2004.