James Whistler


James is an Associate in the Corporate team. He specialises in international and domestic corporate transactional and advisory work with a particular focus on equity and debt investments in the emerging markets.

He joined Michelmores from Stevens & Bolton LLP, and has experience acting for SMEs, large multinational companies, private equity funds, impact investors, DFIs and foundations across a range of sectors, including natural resources, energy, agriculture, finance, retail and technology.

James read Law with French at the University of Birmingham before completing his LPC at the College of Law, London.

Outside of work, James enjoys running, skiing and watching rugby.

Recent Experience

Emerging Markets

  • Advising Soros Economic Development Fund, the impact investment fund established by George Soros, on the sale of its majority stake in the Indian venture capital firm, Aspada, to LGT, the investment management company owned by the Princely House of Liechtenstein

  • Advising BRAC International, the world's largest NGO, on the sale of a majority equity stake in its Ugandan microfinance operation in order to facilitate its transformation in to a registered bank
  • Acting for Arbaro Fund (a sustainable forestry fund) on its US$20 million investment into West African forestry company, Miro Forestry, to expand young plantations in Ghana and Sierra Leone

  • Advising an infrastructure developer on its project promotion and concession rights in respect of a major dam on the African continent (with a deal value of US$ several billion)

  • Acting for various impact investors (including AgDevCo) on a number of transactions in India, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Kenya, Ghana and Mauritius

  • Advising AHL Venture Partners and DOB Equity on their equity investment in Kenyan company, Crop Nutrition Laboratory Services Limited
  • Advising Goldtree on its merger with Natural Habitats Europe Africa, in a deal that will drive the sustainable production of certified organic palm oil in Sierra Leone

Private M&A

  • Advising an AIM listed fintech company on the multi-million pound sale of its market leading voucher platform
  • Advising a German listed IT company on its multi-million pound acquisition of a UK IT services provider

Private Equity

  • Advising the management team of a large music education provider on its secondary buy-out to one of the UK's major private equity houses
  • Advising representatives of one of the largest US hedge funds on its multi-million pound investment into a UK telematics software company

Capital Markets and Public M&A

  • Acting for Haynes Publishing Group PLC on its acquisition by Infopro Digital Group for a sum of £114.5m

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