James Burchnall

James Burchnall


Kain Lawyers

Recognized since 2018

Adelaide, Australia

Practice Areas

Corporate Law

Equity Capital Markets Law

Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Venture Capital Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Venture Capital Law
Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Venture Capital Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Equity Capital Markets Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Venture Capital Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Mergers and Acquisitions Law
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James is the leader of our Public M&A and Equity Capital Markets practice. He is a current member of the Australian Takeovers Panel and has extensive experience working in top-tier corporate law firms in Australia and London.

James’ experience includes leading the Kain teams advising:

  • Kelsian Group (ASX:KLS) on its $698m (including up to $63m contingent consideration) acquisition of Transit Systems Group, together with a $154m capital raise by accelerated non-renounceable entitlement offer and placement;
  • ROC Partners on its $350m+ competitive takeover bid for Vitalharvest (ASX: VTH);
  • Kelsian Group (ASX: KLS) on its $125m acquisition of Transit Systems Marine, and the associated capital raising of $51m, and on Kelsian’s acquisition of the Kingfisher Bay Resort Group for $43m;
  • Ellex Medical Lasers Limited (ASX: ELX) on its capital raising of $23.2m from US and Australian institutional and sophisticated investors;
  • Alcidion Group Limited (ASX: ALC) on its acquisition of MKM Health and UK-based Patientrack; and
  • Stilmark Group on its bid for the Optus tower portfolio and on the sale of Stilmark to OMERS Infrastructure

James is recognised as a leading M&A and Equity Capital Markets lawyer. He has been named ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in the areas of M&A and Equity Capital Markets by Best Lawyers in Australia and was recently named as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ in the Legal 500 2022 Asia Pacific Edition in the area of Corporate M&A.

Location

  • L5, 121 King William Street
    Adelaide SA 5000
    Australia

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2 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Australia awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Venture Capital Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Equity Capital Markets Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Venture Capital Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Venture Capital Law, Adelaide, Australia (2023)
  • Equity Capital Markets Law, Adelaide, Australia (2022)
  • Venture Capital Law, Adelaide, Australia (2021)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Adelaide, Australia (2019)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Australia 2023 for work in:

  • Corporate Law
  • Equity Capital Markets Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Venture Capital Law

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