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 Australia and London.

James’ experience includes leading the Kain teams advising:

  • SILK Laser Clinics (ASX:SLA) on its proposed acquisition by Australian Pharmaceutical Industries (API) (a subsidiary of Wesfarmers (ASX:WES)) by way of scheme of arrangement for approximately $180m;
  • Kelsian Group (ASX:KLS) on their US$325m (~A$487m) acquisition of All Aboard America! Holdings Inc. (AAAHI) and the associated A$281m capital raising;
  • 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; and
  • 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 2024 Asia Pacific Edition in the area of Corporate M&A and is listed in the 2024 Doyle’s Guide as a ‘Leading Lawyer’ in the Corporate M&A category.

Transactions
Kelsian Group
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Client: Kelsian Group Limited (ASX:KLS)
Transaction Type: Equity Capital Markets
Advised Kelsian Group Limited (ASX:KLS) on their US$325m (~A$487m) acquisition of All Aboard America! Holdings Inc. (AAAHI) and the associated A$281m capital raising by way of accelerated non-renounceable entitlement offer and placement. This transaction marks Kelsian Group Limited's entry into the USA market through an established operator, and further diversifies Kelsian Group Limited’s multi-modal operations across four countries.
Stilmark Group
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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
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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.