Mourant Ozannes, Jersey
T+44 1534 676 654
Year of joining Mourant Ozannes:
Banking & Finance, Corporate, Insolvency &
James advises on Jersey companies, unit trusts, limited
partnerships and security interests. His practice covers corporate,
banking and structured finance work as well as the tax and
regulatory treatment of Jersey vehicles.
After training at Pump Court Tax Chambers in London James moved
to Freshfields (London office) where he advised on banking and
finance law. James joined Mourant Ozannes in 2000 and became a
partner in 2004.
James was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1994
(currently non-practising) and became a Solicitor of the Royal
Court of Jersey in 2003.
James' recent corporate practice includes advising:
a major private equity investor on a USD 500 million investment
in a Jersey company
a regulated business on a large-scale migration to Jersey,
including obtaining the necessary consents from the Jersey
a FTSE-100 company on its acquisition of a Jersey company
holding the key asset in a major resources project.
James' recent finance practice includes advising:
a lender relying on security over Jersey shares for loans
exceeding USD 1 billion
lenders on numerous private equity buyouts, including Formula
One and Vue Cinemas
lenders on numerous UK commercial property finance ventures -
James works with a team delivering Jersey, BVI, Cayman and Guernsey
advice all from the London time zone.
James' recent restructuring practice includes advising:
lenders and special servicers on numerous defaulting UK
commercial property structures, including security reviews and
security enforcement advice
on the financial restructuring of a global engineering
On the advisory front, James was part of the Mourant Ozannes
team appointed to advise Jersey Government/industry on the UK's
ICB/Vickers banking reforms and their impact in Jersey.
What the directories say:
Chambers UK, 2013: "He is acknowledged for his 'straightforward
Chambers UK, 2012: "He is said to 'have a good
reputation on the finance side'."
Chambers Global, 2011: "James Ruane is vaunted for his
restructuring and insolvency issues work."
Chambers Europe, 2011: "James Ruane has the perfect combination
of technical and commercial skills."
Legal 500, 2011: "James Ruane is recommended for corporate and
commercial." "James Ruane is a name to note for structured finance
Chambers UK, 2010: "He looks for commercial solutions without
cutting corners in terms of legal rigor" and "has the perfect
combination of technical and commercial skills."
Legal 500, 2010: James is "knowledgeable and user friendly."
Chambers UK, 2009: Ranked as Highly Regarded for Corporate &
Chambers UK, 2009: "He frequently acts on the many international
stock exchange listings and Jersey holding vehicles the firm is
instructed on, and has forged a reputation for big-ticket corporate
James is listed in the Offshore Corporate & Finance section
of Chambers & Partners, 2009.
Legal 500, 2009: "James is very responsive and reliable."
James is listed in the Who's Who International of Banking
Lawyers 2011, one of only 16 offshore lawyers included