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James Bole

James Bole


James Bole

James Bole specialises in advising UK-listed and international corporate clients on the full range of corporate transactions, with a particular focus on public M&A transactions.

For the last two years, James was seconded as Secretary to the Takeover Panel, the independent regulator of takeovers and other matters to which the City code applies. During his secondment, he acted as a senior regulator of the highest profile takeovers in the UK market, including the contested £25 billion takeover battle for Sky, and in formulating Takeover Panel policy.

  • The Co-operative Bank on its 2017 formal sale process, recapitalisation and reorganisation
  • ICAP plc on the disposal of its global hybrid voice broking business to Tullett Prebon plc, constituting a reverse takeover of Tullett Prebon
  • Nikon Corporation on its recommended cash offer for Optos plc
  • Salamander Energy on the securities exchange offer by Ophir Energy
  • Barclays on its £6 billion rights issue and associated issues of contingent capital notes
  • Mondeléz International on various matters, including its unsolicited £11.9 billion takeover of Cadbury
  • Clifford Chance Corporate Partner James Bole returns from a two-year secondment to the Takeover Panel
    17 February 2020
    Press Release

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Career and qualifications

  • University of Cambridge (MA (CANTAB) History) 2001
  • Joined Clifford Chance 2003
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 2005
  • Partner since 2017
  • Seconded to the Takeover Panel 2017 - 2019