James Macdonald



James has over 25 years experience in corporate and commercial law with an emphasis on a wide range of corporate structuring, acquisitions, disposals, capital raisings, listings, venture capital transactions, corporate governance advice, shareholder disputes, commercialisation of intellectual property, employee share plans and commercial contracts.

James has advised listed and unlisted companies and private equity funds in a wide range of transactions in both Australia and Europe.



James Macdonald displays ‘an amazing work ethic’, ‘is calm under pressure and is extremely competent’.
The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific: Australia – Corporate and M&A


  • Best Lawyers in Australia – Recognised for Mergers and Acquisitions Law (Melbourne, AU) – Since 2021 edition
  • Best Lawyers in Australia – Recognised for Venture Capital Law (Melbourne, AU) – Since 2022 edition
  • The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific – Recommended Lawyer for Corporate and M&A – 2019 & 2021 editions

Recent deals and media coverage


  • Non-Executive Director, McColl’s Holdings
  • Melbourne Cricket Club

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