James Butters

Banking & Finance

James is a Partner in our Banking and Finance team.

He specialises in corporate debt financing, leveraged buy-outs and M&A financing, restructurings and real estate financing, working for a variety of leading corporates, financial institutions and private equity investors.

James leads transactions in most European jurisdictions, including the UK, France, Germany, Italy, the Nordic region, Benelux, Greece and Poland.

  • Private equity
  • Corporate debt financing
  • Leveraged buy-outs
  • M&A financing
  • Resrtucturing
  • Real estate financing


  • Partner, Capital Law Limited (June 2021 – present)
  • Freelance Legal Consultant and Business Advisor (Nov 2020 – present)
  • Partner, Clifford Chance LLP (Aug 1999 – Nov 2020)
  • Barrister, Fountain Court Chambers (1994 – 1999)


  • European university Institute: LLM, European Law
  • University of Cambridge: LLM, Commercial Law
  • University of Oxford: BA, Law

Memberships / Trustee positions

  • The Law Society of England and Wales


  • Fluent French
  • Fluent Italian