James Durnall

James Durnall

Special Counsel Australia


James is a specialist in the clean energy sector.

James is a Special Counsel in our Corporate and Energy & Utilities groups, based in Sydney.

James is a specialist in the clean energy sector, having advised on all aspects of solar, onshore wind, anaerobic digestion, waste to energy and innovative energy efficiency transactions.

James advises on a broad range of corporate, commercial, finance and investment matters in the energy and infrastructure sector in Australia and the UK, including infrastructure funds, mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, project finance and structured finance.

He also brings significant strength to Bird & Bird's capital markets expertise, having both Australian and international experience advising on IPOs, right issues, capital reductions, share buy-backs and advising in relation to private equity and venture capital fundraisings.

James also has a depth of experience in investment fund work in the UK, Australia and offshore jurisdictions (Channel Islands and Cayman / BVI), including advising on the establishment, structuring and offering of hedge funds, private equity investment funds and alternative investment vehicles.

Prior to joining Bird & Bird, James worked for UK based Ingenious Infrastructure (a division of The Ingenious Group) and Golden Square Energy Limited, where he was Director of Legal & Business Affairs. Before this, James worked as senior counsel for a leading global aerospace and defence conglomerate in London and in private practice for leading law firms in both London and Australia.

James is a dual qualified solicitor admitted to practice in both England and Australia.

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