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About Chris James

Chris is a corporate associate in our global transactions group in London, specialising in advising clients on cross-border M&A transactions and general corporate and listed company matters.

During his time with Freshfields, Chris has spent time on secondment to the M&A legal team at a leading international defence company.

Recent work

Chris’ recent experience includes advising:

  • CapitalG and Google Ventures on their investment in Monzo, the UK based challenger bank (Series I fundraising round)
  • BAE on Air Astana's $847 million IPO and listings on the London Stock Exchange, Astana International Exchange and Kazakhstan Stock Exchange
  • Novartis AG on the separation and spin-off of Sandoz, its generics and biosimilars division
  • Deliveroo on its £1.5 billion IPO and listing on the London Stock Exchange with a US-tech-style dual-class share structure
  • Croda International Plc on the (i) sale of a majority of its Performance Technologies and Industrial Chemicals businesses to Cargill and (ii) acquisition of Iberchem
  • Cazoo on its $7bn de-SPAC and US listing


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