James Cook

Joined firm 2011. Partner since 2021.

James has a broad international corporate and commercial practice, advising on public and private M&A activity, joint ventures and equity capital market transactions. He also advises clients on company law and reorganisations, corporate governance and other general advisory matters.

James is a member of the firm’s Tech Transactions team, and has particular experience in the TMT sector, including significant expertise in data centres and emerging tech.


Highlights include advising:

  • Reckitt on the sale of its Infant Formula and Child Nutrition business in China to Primavera for $2.2 billion
  • RSA on its £7.2bn acquisition by Intact and Tryg
  • Vodafone on its €18.4 billion acquisition of Liberty Global’s business in Germany and certain CEE countries
  • Equinix on various transactions, including its £2.35bn acquisition of Telecity, the $874.4m sale of eight European assets to Digital Realty and its $93m acquisition of Zenium’s data centre business in Istanbul
  • Rolls Royce on its proposed recapitalisation package, including its £2bn rights issue
  • Credit Karma on its entry into the UK and acquisition of Noddle
  • Legal & General Capital on its investment in Kao Data
  • Bertelsmann on its $675m acquisition of the remaining 25 per cent. stake in Penguin Random House