James Baillieu

James Baillieu

Corporate Partner for Venture Capital & Life Sciences at Bird & Bird, London, United kingdom

I'm a corporate partner based in London where I use my experience to advise clients - ranging from start-ups to multinationals, investment banks and private equity funds - on mergers and acquisitions (and divestitures), IPOs and other securities offerings, private equity and venture capital investments/exits, joint ventures, strategic collaborations and corporate reorganisations. 

My primary focus is on advising clients operating in the life sciences, healthcare and technology, media and telecoms sectors. You'll find me ranked in the Legal 500 UK 2023 legal directory as a Next Generation Partner in the fields of Venture Capital and Life Sciences and Healthcare.

The life sciences and healthcare industries are changing rapidly. In life sciences, exciting science is resulting in new drugs and medical devices being developed that will in time drastically improve health outcomes. Meanwhile, companies with promising drugs in development continue to get acquired by larger pharmaceutical companies so that they can replenish their drug pipelines. In healthcare, new and innovative ways of delivering better health outcomes more efficiently are being developed, challenging healthcare providers to keep up with the rapid rates of technological change. At all times, we use our knowledge of the life sciences, healthcare and technology sectors to provide our clients with focused and commercial advice.

Over the years I've found that most of the transactions on which I advise have a cross-border dimension. I therefore have significant experience of dealing with the challenges presented by complex international projects, including solving complex legal issues and bridging cultural differences. Bird & Bird also has an excellent international network and I regularly work with colleagues in other offices to help clients implement their transactions successfully.

I am admitted as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales and the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in the British Virgin Islands and I hold an LL.B. in Law with Economics from Durham University. I also serve on the Finance and Tax Advisory Committee of the BioIndustry Association.

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