James Inness

  • 99 Bishopsgate
  • London EC2M 3XF
  • United Kingdom

James Inness is a partner in Latham & Watkins' London office. Mr. Inness specializes in international capital markets transactions, M&A, and general corporate matters. In particular, he has extensive experience representing issuers, underwriters, and major shareholders on primary and secondary equity capital markets transactions. Mr. Inness has advised on a wide range of deals on the London Stock Exchange and other western European markets, as well as exchanges in Eastern Europe and the CIS. Mr. Inness has also acted on a number of significant corporate transactions including acquisitions and disposals, hostile takeovers, and shareholder disputes.


Mr. Inness' representative transactions include advising:

  • The underwriters in connection with the £2.4 billion initial public offering (IPO) of Avast, the world’s largest consumer antivirus software supplier, listed on the London Stock Exchange
  • The founders of Dubizzle on the sale of their shareholdings in Dubizzle, the largest online classifieds platform in the Middle East
  • TI Fluid Systems plc on its £1.3 billion IPO on the London Stock Exchange
  • FMC Technologies Inc., the subsea oil services group, on its merger with Technip SA and listing on the NYSE and Euronext Paris
  • Morgan Stanley, UBS, Nomura, and Investec as underwriters on the £300 million IPO and listing on the London Stock Exchange of Card Factory plc
  • Applus Services SA and The Carlyle Group on the €1.2 billion IPO of Applus and its admission to the Spanish Stock Exchanges
  • Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Sberbank CIB, J.P. Morgan, and Renaissance Capital on the US$1.1 billion IPO and listing of GDRs on the London Stock Exchange of Tinkoff Credit Systems
  • Thomas Cook Group plc on its £1.6 billion refinancing, including a £425 million placing and rights issue
  • J.P. Morgan Cazenove, Nordea, BofA Merrill Lynch, BNP Paribas, and Danske Bank in connection with the €260 million rights issue by Talvivaara Mining Company plc, a Finnish mining company listed on the Helsinki and London Stock Exchanges
  • A syndicate of investment banks in connection with a rights issue by the Bank of Cyprus to raise up to €400m together with an exchange offer for convertible enhanced capital securities*
  • Colfax Corporation in connection with its US$2 billion acquisition of Charter International plc*
  • Vimetco N.V. on the proposed sale of part of its shareholding in Alro S.A., a Romanian aluminium producer, by way of a 144A secondary public offering*
  • A listed reinsurance company on the cancellation of its listing on the London Stock Exchange and the subsequent purchase by the controlling hedge fund shareholder of the interests of minority hedge fund investors*
  • OJSC Protek, a Russian pharmaceutical company, on its US$400 million Reg S only IPO and admission to RTS and MICEX*
  • Travelport plc, on its proposed 144A IPO and premium listing on the London Stock Exchange*
  • Citigroup, Barclays, Lloyds, and RBS, as underwriters, in connection with a £365 million rights issue by William Hill plc*
  • The Fortress Investment Group, as principal shareholder, on the issue by Mapeley Limited, a property investment and outsourcing company, on its £45 million issue of 20% convertible bonds*
  • Credit Suisse, JPMorgan Cazenove, J.P. Morgan Securities, and Deutsche Bank as underwriters, in connection with the £750 million share offering by Barclays plc and the related acquisition of Lehman Brothers’ North American investment banking and capital markets businesses*
  • Credit Suisse in connection with the €312 million 144A IPO and admission to Euronext Amsterdam of AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V., a specialized metal company*
  • R.G.I. International Limited in respect of its IPO on AIM and a number of other equity transactions, acquisitions, disposals, and other corporate matters arising out of a shareholder dispute and potential hostile takeover*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

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