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 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 initial public offering (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 (LSE)
  • 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 LSE 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 LSE*
  • 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 specialised 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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