James Burchnall


With more than a decade of experience working in top-tier corporate law firms in Melbourne, London and most recently in Adelaide, James brings much sought-after skills specialising in public and private M&A, equity capital markets and advising on listed company compliance and corporate governance.

James recently led the team advising SeaLink Travel Group Limited on its $125 million acquisition of Transit Systems Marine and the associated capital raising of $51 million. He also recently acted on the $2.3 billion recommended takeover of Envestra Limited (now Australian Gas Networks) by Hong Kong listed Cheung Kong Infrastructure Group and the rival scheme of arrangement proposed by APA Group.

Whether it’s capital raising, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, commercial contract negotiation or employee share schemes, James offers leading-edge expertise, second-to-none execution skills and commercial judgment born from years of experience advising on some of the highest profile M&A and ECM transactions in the Australian and international corporate environment (including 7 years with Herbert Smith Freehills in London and Melbourne).

Understanding the entirety of his client’s situation, rather than factors relating only to the law, enables James to partner perfectly with ASX listed entities and private companies to develop a strategic, solutions focused and energetic approach to achieving their desired outcome – no matter how complex the challenge.

James is listed in the areas of M&A and Equity Capital Markets in the 2018 edition of ‘Best Lawyers in Australia’ and is listed as a recommended Corporate lawyer in the 2017 edition of Doyle’s Guide.