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James Farn

James Farn

Partner, Head of Banking & Finance

Abu Dhabi

+971 2 205 5300

James heads the Banking & Finance team in the Abu Dhabi office. He has extensive experience in all kinds of finance-related transactions including leveraged finance, property finance, development funding, trade finance and project finance, acting for both lenders and borrowers.

James initially trained in private practice in London and then returned to his native Manchester where he built up a successful banking practice with Pannone LLP acting for a number of UK clearing banks and other financial institutions and finance providers both throughout the Northwest of England and nationally.

During his time in the UAE, James has been involved in a variety of financing transactions, including IWPP, acquisition and property development financings.

He was involved and assisted in drafting the draft Federal Bankruptcy law and has also presented at conferences and written articles on insolvency and restructuring issues as they affect the UAE legal environment.

He is admitted as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales and is a graduate of Southampton University.

  • Recognised Lawyer in Banking & Finance

    Whos Who Legal, 2020

  • Clients comment that he is “very knowledgeable on the documentation of project finance and corporate facilities.”

    Chambers Global, 2016

  • "A bastion of local law expertise, frequently engaged as local counsel on large-scale banking and finance deals or to handle regulatory matters. Notably experienced in the financing of real estate developments and energy projects."

    Chambers Global 2015

  • James Farn advises on a wide range of finance deals, notably in the projects and trade sectors. Clients are impressed with his skilful navigation of the local legal environment, saying: "He got the right balance between protecting the rights of the client and being pragmatic."

    Chambers Global 2015

  • James Farn has experience in a broad range of transactions including leveraged finance, trade funding and project finance. He acts for both banks and corporate borrowers and is acknowledged by the market for the quality of his work.

    Chambers Global 2014

  • Recommended as a "Leading Lawyer." (James Farn)

    LEGAL 500 2013