Legal 500, 2021
MFB has an excellent reputation in the commercial shipping market and the firm clearly places a heavy emphasis on working closely with its clients and understanding their business requirements.
Telephone: 020 7330 8005
James specialises in yacht, superyacht and commercial shipping transactional work.
James joined MFB in September 2019 having spent 12 years at Stephenson Harwood LLP in London. His practice concentrates on representing major international shipowners, high net-worth individuals, brokers, managers, banks, and other financial institutions on a variety of complex cross-border projects and financing arrangements. James has extensive experience advising on syndicated and bilateral debt financings and refinancings, sale and purchases, sale and leasebacks, Japanese operating leases structures with call options (JOLCOs), construction contracts, registrations and ownership structuring across the yachting and commercial shipping sectors.
He is recognised for his ability to deliver clear and pragmatic advice in each of these areas of expertise and is also highly valued by his clients for his dedication and approachability, his pro-active and commercial approach and his ability to execute transactions smoothly and efficiently.
James was a principal contributor to the 'Sale and Purchase of Second-hand Vessels' chapter in the recently published latest edition of leading industry text, Shipping Finance.
James was recognised as a “Rising Star in Shipping” in The Legal 500 Rankings 2020/21 and more recently he was named as a “Next Generation Partner” in The Legal 500 Rankings 2022. He is also a recommended lawyer.
Legal 500 Testimonials:
“James’ strengths lie not only in his industry expertise and input into the underlying contracts, but also his ability to coordinate multiple parties and manage the transaction process efficiently.”
“Extremely personable, highly responsive and always focuses on driving transactions forward which is why he is a pleasure to deal with and very highly regarded”.
“Very commercial and able to explain risks and consequences in a way which is easy to understand.”
"James Foley-Comer has acted for us on a number of ship financing transactions. With his background of advising banks and financial institutions, James is very dialled-in to the needs of both lenders and borrowers, and by drawing on this expertise, he is able to focus on the key points that matter."