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James Mee

James Mee is an award-winning corporate lawyer whose practice spans multiple jurisdictions and sectors. He created and led RPC's Corporate Insurance and Financial Services business, and in recent years has focused on private equity transactions in insurance and other sectors.

James' practice covers private equity and M&A transactions of all types across a range of sectors, as well as insurance specific transactions such as Part VIIs, MGAs and the full range of Lloyd's arrangements including syndicate start-ups, special purpose arrangements, RITCs and funds at Lloyd's.

James was listed in The Lawyer's Hot 100 for 2014, both for his corporate work and focus on diversity and inclusion.

James co-led the team that was awarded the Corporate Team of the Year (mid-cap) accolade by The Lawyer for a $1.8bn 22 jurisdiction deal, and was shortlisted again in 2017.

James is the Co-Chair of Link, the insurance market-wide network for LGBT professionals and allies; sat on the board of RPC Tyche [from 30 May 2020, RPC Consulting became RPC Tyche LLP]; and is a trustee of the English National Ballet School.

James has been recognised as Leading Individual for Insurance: Corporate and Regulatory by The Legal 500 UK (2021). 

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Ranked – Chambers UK 2022

"James Mee receives regular mandates to serve as counsel to clients on complicated M&A deals. He represents corporates and private equity funds, and is known for his insurance industry specialism. James is an outstanding commercial lawyer on every level. He has the necessary balance of industry expertise and commercial approach." - Chambers UK 2022

"James Mee is an experienced insurance practitioner who specialises in non-contentious mandates. He is recommended for his adept handling of a wide range of corporate transactions as well as advising on related regulatory issues. James goes out of his way to assist and he is well connected. He is a great lawyer and just fantastic with clients." - Chambers UK 2022

Recommended. - The Legal 500 UK 2022

James Mee is recommended for his adept handling of a wide range of corporate transactions as well as advising on related regulatory issues. - Chambers UK 2021

"James is a good operator who is easy to work with, well organised and knows the market very well." - Chambers UK 2021

"He is a calm, responsive and knowledgeable lawyer." - Chambers UK 2021

Recommended. - The Legal 500 UK 2021 

"James Mee also specialises in insurance work, with extensive knowledge of the industry in both advisory and transactional matters." - The Legal 500 UK 2021 

Leading individual. - The Legal 500 UK 2021 

"Real standout." - The Legal 500 UK 2020

Leading individual.- The Legal 500 UK 2020

"James Mee is a strong leader for the practice.  He is extremely diligent but always able to step back and look at the bigger picture. He has fantastic insight into the re/insurance world." - The Legal 500 UK 2020

James Mee is described as "a good, strong, technical lawyer who really knows his stuff." His well-regarded practice covers an array of transactional insurance matters, including Lloyd's market and private equity transactions. - Chambers UK 2019

James Mee maintains an active transactional practice in the insurance and financial services fields. - Chambers UK 2019

He "understands us and is willing to help us along." - Chambers UK 2019

"Very capable and bright" practice head James Mee is "a pleasure to deal with." - The Legal 500 UK 2018

James Mee heads the firm's corporate insurance and financial services practice. He is experienced in handling an array of insurance transactions, often acting for Lloyd's market syndicates, as well as intermediaries and investment entities. - Chambers UK 2018

[James is praised for his] "strong connections and extensive expertise in high-end, complex transactions." - Chambers UK 2018

Practice head James Mee has notable expertise in private equity transactions. - The Legal 500 UK 2017

Ranked as leader in the field. - Chambers UK 2017 

Clients describe him as a "very commercial and very hard-working" practitioner. - Chambers UK 2017

He is easy to deal with, knows a lot of law and represents his clients well and fairly. - Chambers UK 2016

"good technical knowledge." - The Legal 500 UK 2016

"A "consummate corporate lawyer" who "goes the extra mile for you around the clock."" – Chambers UK 2015

"Clients say he is "a well-connected lawyer who is extremely client-focused, very bright and knowledgeable but not at all arrogant." – Chambers UK 2015

Recommended in Corporate and Commercial: M&A and Insurance: corporate and regulatory. – The Legal 500 UK 2014

"Clients compliment his expertise and responsiveness, with one remarking: "His strengths are an unwavering work ethic which sees him commit to delivering projects come what may. For such a high-profile partner at the firm, his client contact and relationship management are first rate."– Chambers UK 2014

Relevant work

  • CityNet – acting for the sellers of this Lloyd's of London broker on its sale to Carlye - backed PIB Group.

  • Besso Insurance Group –acted for this leading Lloyd's of London broker, on its acquisition by BGC Group, the global brokerage company. 

  • Pembroke – advising on the formation of the GIC Syndicate 1947.

  • Acting for private equity, other buyers and sellers and management teams on a range of broker transactions, including Calva/RFIB and Windsor and Howden.

  • Acting for various insurers on investment management mandates, including Beazley and Catalina.

  • Essity/SCA - acting on its transformational $1.8bn 22 jurisdiction acquisition of Georgia-Pacific's European tissue business; and its €500m acquisition of part of Proctor & Gamble's European business.

  • Essity/SCA - acting on its £4bn bond restructuring relating to the Essity/SCA demerger.

  • Paine Schwatz- acting on various mandates for this specialist PE fund.