James is the leader of our Public M&A and Equity Capital Markets practice. He is a current member of the Australian Takeovers Panel and has extensive experience working in top-tier corporate law firms in Melbourne, London and most recently in Adelaide.

James’s experience includes leading the Kain teams advising:

  • Kelsian Group (ASX:KLS) on its $698m (including up to $63m contingent consideration) acquisition of Transit Systems Group, together with a $154m capital raise by accelerated non-renounceable entitlement offer and placement;
  • ROC Partners on its $350m+ competitive takeover bid for Vitalharvest (ASX: VTH).
  • Kelsian Group (ASX: KLS) on its $125m acquisition of Transit Systems Marine, and the associated capital raising of $51m, and on Kelsian’s acquisition of the Kingfisher Bay Resort Group for $43m;
  • Ellex Medical Lasers Limited (ASX: ELX) on its capital raising of $23.2m from US and Australian institutional and sophisticated investors; and
  • Alcidion Group Limited (ASX: ALC) on its acquisition of MKM Health and UK-based Patientrack.
  • Stilmark Group on its bid for the Optus tower portfolio and on the sale of Stilmark to OMERS Infrastructure

James is recognised as a leading M&A and Equity Capital Markets lawyer. He has been named ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in the areas of M&A and Equity Capital Markets by Best Lawyers in Australia and was recently named as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ in the Legal 500 2022 Asia Pacific Edition in the area of Corporate M&A.

Stilmark Group
Client: Stilmark Group
Transaction Type: Private M&A
Advised Stilmark Group, an independent Australian developer, owner and operator of mobile tower assets, on its sale to Canadian investment manager OMERS Infrastructure (C$32bn AUM). The terms of the deal saw OMERS retain Stilmark's experienced management team and expand their telecommunication portfolio to become a major player in the Australian telecommunications market.
ROC Partners
Client: ROC Partners
Transaction Type: Public M&A
Advised Sydney based private equity fund Roc Partners on its $350m+ competitive takeover bid for the Vitalharvest Freehold Trust (ASX: VTH). The competitive process spanned across a three-month period whereby Roc was ultimately outbid by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets. Kain advised Roc Partners on all aspects of this transaction, including bid strategy, implementation, and funding.
Kelsian Group
Client: Kelsian Group (ASX: KLS) formerly Sealink Travel Group
Transaction Type: Public M&A
Advised tourism and transport company Kelsian (formerly SeaLink) (ASX: KLS) on its acquisition Australia's largest private operator of public bus networks, Transit Systems Group. The transformational acquisition saw Kelsian place in the ASX200 (Australia's top 200 publicly listed companies) for the first time. Deal Value $694m.