James Clark


James has experience of a range of corporate and fundraising transactions with a particular focus on equity capital raisings.
He has been involved in a number of transactions advising issuers and lead managers on IPOs, secondary offerings and general securities law matters. James also has some experience providing general corporate and capital markets-related advice.


Representative matters

PEXA, the operator of Australia's leading property settlement platform, on its AUD1.17bn IPO as part of PEXA's dual-track IPO and Trade Sale process (June 2021). This transaction was awarded Equity Market Deal of the Year in the 2022 Australasian Law Awards.

The underwriters on SiteMinder's AUD627m IPO on the ASX (November 2021).

The joint lead managers on Transurban's AUD4.2bn Entitlement Offer and US Private Placement (September 2021).

Shaw & Partners and Canaccord Genuity as the joint lead managers on Paladin Energy Limited's AUD215m placement and share purchase plan (March 2022).

Pro bono

Representing an Indigenous Australian man who was assaulted by corrections officers in a civil claim in respect of his injuries. We secured a confidential settlement for our client notwithstanding strict laws that are intended to prevent persons in custody in the jurisdiction in question from being able to obtain compensation for such assaults.

Conducting and coordinating education rights research for girls for the Malala Fund and Vance Center.

Conducting comparative law research on the Vienne Convention of Diplomatic Relations in relation to a high-profile UK judicial review case.

Advising asylum seekers and preparing their protection visa applications, on behalf of Refugee and Advocacy Casework Services.



Admitted as a solicitor (New South Wales, Australia) 2020


Bachelor of Laws (Hons II Lvl I), University of New South Wales, 2019

Bachelor of International Studies (Distinction), University of New South Wales, 2019

Law Exchange Programme, King's College London, 2018

International Studies Exchange Programme, Humboldt University Berlin, 2015-2016


A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.