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James Dempsey


James advises on a broad range of derivatives and structured finance products.

He has experience on various transactions, including securitisation, loan and deal-contingent hedging, repos, CDS, total return swaps and note issuance programmes.

James works with a wide range of clients across different jurisdictions, including major financial institutions and corporations. He has spent time on secondment in New York.


Representative matters

3i and its portfolio company, Action, on the hedging element of a US dollar term loan issuance raising USD1.5bn.

A major European bank in relation to a cross-border funding agreement-backed repo transaction worth USD1bn.

Pro bono

Researched advice for members of the public in relation to maternity and pregnancy discrimination and other maternity related rights.



Solicitor, England and Wales, 2023


BA, Human, Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge, 2019

GDL; LLM, BPP University, 2021

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.