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James McCarthy

James McCarthy


James McCarthy

James McCarthy specialises in advising regional and international clients on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings and public takeovers, particularly in the UAE.

James has advised on some of the highest profile transactions in the region and has a particular focus on the consumer goods and retail sector.

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Career and qualifications

  • Van Mildert College, University of Durham, (LLB, Law) 2000
  • Joined Clifford Chance 2002
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 2004
  • Partner since 2012

Professional bodies

  • The Law Society of England and Wales

Awards and citations

  • James McCarthy has garnered increasing recognition for his involvement in restructurings, public takeovers and joint ventures. One of his clients stated: "He adopts a commercial approach to effectively get the deal done from a legal and commercial perspective."
    Global Chambers 2019
  • James McCarthy focuses on corporate structuring and M&A matters across the Middle East. Sources comment: "He is outstanding on local company law issues and offers international service but with local law knowledge."
    Chambers Global, Corporate/M&A – UAE, 2016
  • Clifford Chance continued to see its fair share of high-end deals, with James McCarthy advising DP World on the $2.6bn acquisition of Economic Zones World from Port and Free Zone World.
    Legal 500 2016
  • "On one of the team’s largest transactions James McCarthy led, advising DP World on the acquisition of Economic Zones World FZE from Port and Free Zone World for $2.6 billion"
    IFLR 1000 2015: UAE Banking & Finance