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James Cowie practices corporate law with a focus on private equity, including fund formations, primary investments, and secondary market transactions.

James has advised a number of sponsors on the structuring and formation of private investment funds. He works frequently with sponsors and investors on primary investments and secondary transactions. In addition to funds work, James has advised clients on a range of transactional matters, including acquisitions, disposals, and joint ventures.

James has recently worked with DV4 Limited, CBRE Global Investment Partners, and Henley Investment Management Limited. Prior to rejoining Jones Day in 2021, James worked with a number of exploration and production companies on transactional matters on the United Kingdom Continental Shelf (UKCS), including NEO Energy (where he was seconded for 15 months).


  • MassMutual partners with Low Carbon to accelerate transition to renewable energyJones Day advised Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) on its debt and equity investment in Low Carbon Energy Holdings Limited (“Low Carbon”), a subsidiary of Low Carbon Limited, an established pan-European renewable energy developer and fund manager.
  • Greystar Equity Partners Europe Fund obtains subscription line credit facilityJones Day represented Greystar Equity Partners Europe Fund in connection with the subscription line credit facility arranged by Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation.
  • ARA Asset Management Limited acquires InfraRed Capital Partners' European Real Estate Investment Management businessJones Day advised ARA Asset Management Limited in the acquisition of InfraRed European Real Estate Investment Management, a specialist discretionary fund manager in the real estate sector, from InfraRed Capital Partners.
  • DOOR, APG, and QD enter into joint venture for completion of acquisition of Phase 1 property at Middlewood Locks development in ManchesterJones Day advised Middlewood Locks LLP in its joint venture between DOOR, S.L.P, Stichting Depositary APG Strategic Real Estate Pool, and QD UK Holdings Limited Partnership on the joint venture arrangements in connection with the completion of the acquisition of the Phase 1 property at the Middlewood Locks development in Manchester and the transfer of the Phase 1 property into the Get Living Plc group.
  • NASDAQ Technology AB acquires Cinnober Financial Technology ABJones Day provided antitrust advice in relation to NASDAQ Technology AB's acquisition of Cinnober Financial Technology AB.
  • Middlewood Locks purchases over 800 homes for rent in Greater ManchesterJones Day represented Middlewood Locks LLP, a joint venture between DOOR, S.L.P.(in which DV4 is a co-investor), Stichting Depositary APG Strategic Real Estate Pool, and QD UK Holdings Limited Partnership, on the joint venture arrangements in connection with the forward purchase of over 800 homes for rent at Middlewood Locks, Greater Manchester, as part of a wider strategy amongst the joint venture partners to support the creation of large-scale residential-led developments in the top five cities in the UK by population.
  • Greystar recapitalizes Chapter student accommodation portfolio in Central LondonJones Day advised Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC in a recapitalization of its and PSP’s Chapter portfolio of student accommodation properties, one of the largest in Central London, by consolidating the portfolio under a new joint venture in which Allianz acquired an interest.
  • DV4 and Oxford Properties form DOORJones Day advised DV4 Ltd (“DV4”), which is advised by Delancey Real Estate Asset Management Ltd, on the sale of DV4's interests in Get Living, the UK’s leading privately backed residential company, to Delancey Oxford Residential (“DOOR”) a new co-investment platform with initial capital commitments of £600 million; the establishment of DOOR, which includes the joint venture between DV4 and Oxford Properties; and on real estate matters related to the London scheme, Elephant Central in Elephant and Castle which is part of the Get Living portfolio.