Stephen James is a partner and the group team leader of the Banking & Asset Finance team. His practice includes all aspects of corporate and commercial law with specialist expertise in securitisations, inversions, reorganisations, and mergers and acquisitions of private and public companies. He has extensive experience in structured financing and lease transactions as well as dealing with natural resource clients, in particular, oil, gas and energy companies, and the financing of offshore service vessels, FPSOs and drill rigs.
Stephen was most recently noted in Chambers Caribbean 2014 for his strength in oil and gas matters. In 2013 Chambers Global ranked him as a 'Leading Individual' and clients said that "he's excellent, very commercial; he concentrates on the important points and is very responsive." Chambers 2012 said clients regard him as “highly responsive and pragmatic with his advice and knowledge about the practical aspects of transactions” and, in 2011, Chambers also noted Stephen as a “great lawyer." He was also recognised in the 2012 Legal 500 Caribbean rankings.
He joined Appleby’s Bermuda office as an associate in 1999 and was advanced to Counsel in 2002. He transferred to the Cayman Islands office in 2004 and became a partner in 2005. Stephen was seconded to the London office in 2012 and returned to Cayman in September 2015. Prior to joining the firm he practised as an associate with DuMoulin Black, a boutique corporate finance firm in Vancouver from 1994 to 1997, and senior vice-president general counsel with an international publicly listed oil and gas exploration company from 1997 to 1999.
Stephen is a member of the Cayman Islands Law Society, the Law Society of British Columbia and the Queensland Law Society.
“[Stephen] is highly responsive and pragmatic with his advice and knowledge about the practical aspects of transactions.”