James Taylor

Capital Markets, Corporate & Securities, Convertible Bonds

"James is very knowledgeable in his field and can explain even complex issues in a very simple way." 

Chambers UK


Clients turn to James Taylor for counsel on public and private offerings of retail and wholesale medium term notes, commercial paper, certificates of deposit, warrants, convertible and exchangeable bonds and covered bonds, as well as the establishment and update of structured notes programs, the structuring of liability management transactions and the provision of ongoing advice on securities laws, corporate governance and stock exchange requirements related to them.



Represented both issuers and arrangers on the establishment, update and maintenance of a variety of Reg. S and Reg. S/Rule 144A medium term note, commercial paper and covered bond programs and issues of securities thereunder including:

Medium Term Note Programmes

  • VakifBank's $7 billion Global Medium Term Note Programme
  • Federation des caisses Desjardins du Quebec's €7 billion Global Medium Term Note Programme
  • Trade and Development Bank of Mongolia's $500 million Global Medium Term Note Programme
  • QNB Finansbank's $5 billion Global Medium Term Note Programme
  • HSBC Bank USA's $40 billion Global Bank Note Program


  • "James Taylor is noted for his varied DCM practice, which ranges across bonds and loans, as well as equity-linked products. He is also recognised for his work on emerging market transactions.' 'James is very knowledgeable in his field and can explain even complex issues in a very simple way.'" – Chambers UK
  • "'He's an excellent technical lawyer.' 'James is professional, efficient and patient.'" – Chambers UK
  • "'James Taylor is our main contact in London. James is a very experienced, knowledgeable and diligent capital markets lawyer and is well versed in advising underwriters on pertinent debt capital markets issues, including covered bond offerings and related matters. James is personable, enthusiastic and responsive. James consistently delivers timely, high-quality advice and is a persuasive negotiator. I would highly recommend him.' 'James tends to be very hands-on and leads deals for Mayer Brown, so most of our engagements would be with him at partner level and he would be the voice of Mayer Brown on these deals, coordinating with other specialists as required.' (Debt Capital Markets). 'Technically very skilled lawyer with a very high client focus.'" (Bank Lending) – Legal 500
  • A "Leading Individual." "'He is a fantastic lawyer,' comments one client, explaining that 'he has strong knowledge of capital markets and he delves into everything in great detail.' Another describes him as 'a technically very skilled lawyer.'" – Chambers UK


  • The College of Law, Guildford
    Legal Practice Course - Distinction
  • University of Surrey
    BSc (Hons) Law and Russian - First Class Honours

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  • England and Wales


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