James Ruane

James Ruane



I’m a Partner of Mourant Ozannes (Jersey) LLP in our Jersey office, advising on Jersey companies, unit trusts, limited partnerships and security interests.
My 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, I moved to Freshfields' London office, where I advised on banking and finance law. I joined Mourant in 2000 and became a Partner in 2004.

Professional qualifications

  • Solicitor of the Royal Court of Jersey, 2003
  • Called to the Bar of England and Wales, 1994 (currently non-practising)

Work highlights

  • 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 regulator
  • A FTSE-100 company on its acquisition of a Jersey company holding the key asset in a major resources project
  • 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, delivering Jersey, BVI, Cayman and Guernsey advice all from the London time zone
  • 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 group
  • Part of the Mourant team appointed to advise Jersey Government/industry on the UK's ICB/Vickers banking reforms and their impact in Jersey

What the directories say

Legal 500 UK, 2016 lists James as a Leading Individual for Banking and Finance.

Who's Who Legal, 2016 lists James in Banking.

"James Ruane is complemented by his peers for his ability to handle transactions across a wide range of areas. Sources value 'the amount of work and good-quality transactions that he has done'," Chambers UK, 2016.

James is ranked as a Leading Lawyer in Banking, Restructuring and Insolvency, IFLR1000, 2016.

Chambers UK, 2015: "Sources say James Ruane 'is a bright lawyer. He is very capable and a very nice guy'." James is ranked in Corporate & Finance.

IFLR1000, 2015: James is ranked asa Leading Lawyer in Banking and Restructuring and Insolvency.

Legal 500 UK, 2015: James is ranked as a Leading Individual and recommended in Banking and Finance, and Corporate and Commercial.

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