James Cole is a partner in Brown Rudnick’s European Finance and Special Situations Practice Group and is based in the firm’s London office. James is a senior corporate and finance law practitioner who manages transactions involving a wide variety of industries, capital structures, and asset classes.


Guildford, LSF, 1991
King's College London, LL.M., 1990
Cardiff University College of Law, B.A., 1989

Bar Admissions

Solicitor, Law Society of England & Wales
"Cornerstone Investments in IPOs: The New Normal for European Markets?” in the September 2015 issue of PLC Magazine
James has published a number of articles in the International Financial Law Review, including "How to Conduct US Style Exchange Offers in Europe," "The OFR: US disclosure tips for UK corporates," "Helikos v Horizon," a comparison of cash shell and SPAC acquisition vehicles and “General Motors offer sets Europe Precedent: Liability Management.”
Speaking Engagements
"Distressed Strategies, Hedge Funds & Distressed Trading" Panel Moderator: Distressed Debt Investor Forum 2014.
"High-Tech Grunderfonds Family Day 2014–Go Public? - Learning from the Other Side," 27 May 2014.
Panelist on the Bank of England Financial Markets Law Committee Seminar on “Challenges in Global Financial Regulation”, (London, UK, November 5, 2013) presenting on “Into the Shadows: Toxic Asset Disposal under Regulatory Pressure”.
"New Sources of Liquidity: Where are managers and investors finding liquidity?" European Alternative Investments Valuation Conference 2011.
"European High Yield: The (Perpetual?) Chicken-and-Egg Problem" Panelist, AFME/EHYA European Leveraged Finance Conference 2010.
Awards and Honors
Recommended for UK Capital Markets: Equity by Chambers UK, Chambers Europe and Chambers Global
Recommended for Capital Markets: Equity by The Legal 500 UK