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James R. Howe

Partner
 
CityPoint | One Ropemaker Street
London EC2Y 9HU EN
 
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A Partner in the Firm’s London office, James R. Howe is a leading mergers and acquisitions attorney, focusing on complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, investments, dispositions and other corporate transactions. He has advised a wide range of clients across the globe, including many of the world’s leading private equity sponsors and financial institutions. Widely recognized as a prominent advisor in private equity and mergers and acquisitions, James is ranked as a notable practitioner by IFLR1000 2020 and has been named a “Rising Star” by The Legal 500.

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Work Highlights
  • Prior to joining the Firm, James’ experience included the representation of:
    • Bain Capital in its acquisition of fashion retailer TM Lewin
    • Bruin Sports Capital in its acquisitions of Deltatre Media Group, The Gamer Agency, IEG Conferencing & Sponsorship, Massive Intermedia, NFL Game Pass, Soulsight and Two Circles Limited, in the sale of NFL On Location Experiences, and in its strategic partnership with CVC Capital Partners and The Jordan Company
    • The Carlyle Group in its $1 billion acquisition of PA Consulting Group
    • Five Arrows Principal Investments in the sale of Pirum Group and other mandates
    • Goldman Sachs Principal Investment Area and Bridgepoint in the $3 billion acquisition of Medi-Partenaires Group; Goldman Sachs PIA and Koch Industries in the €2.1 billion acquisition of Flint Group; and Goldman Sachs PIA and EQT in the acquisition of Bureau van Dijk
    • Lone Star Funds in its acquisition of Imerys Group and other mandates
    • Morgan Stanley Private Equity in its investment in one of Europe’s leading healthcare providers and its investment in Europe’s largest citrus fruit business
    • Vista Equity Partners in its $2 billion take private of Misys, its £725 million take private of Advanced Computer Software Group and its acquisition of Thomson Reuters Trade and Risk Management business 
Accolades
  • Notable Practitioner in M&A and Private Equity, IFLR1000 2020
Education
  • BPP Law School, 2005 LPC
  • City University, London, 2004 GDL
  • University of Oxford, 2003 BA Hons
Associations
  • Law Society of England and Wales
Admissions
  • England and Wales 2007

James R. Howe is a Corporate Partner based in Simpson Thacher’s London office, where he focuses on complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, investments, dispositions and other corporate transactions. He has advised a wide range of clients across the globe, including many of the world’s leading private equity sponsors and financial institutions. Widely recognized as a prominent advisor in private equity and mergers and acquisitions, James is ranked as a notable practitioner by IFLR1000 2020 and has been named a “Rising Star” by The Legal 500.

James received his BA Hons from the University of Oxford. He completed a law conversion qualification at City University, London and received his LPC from BPP Law School. James is admitted to practice in England and Wales. 

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