Dealmaker lone Australian in top firm’s global counsel promotions

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A Perth-based dealmaker is the lone Australian in Allen & Overy’s latest counsel promotions round.

James Nicholls has been promoted from senior associate, joining 37 others elevated to counsel across the firm’s global network.

A part of the firm’s corporate practice, Nicholls is a senior M&A and corporate lawyer. He has particular expertise in complex, cross-border, and contested transactions, as well as assisting international and domestic clients in transactions with Australian regulatory issues.

After graduating from the University of Western Australia in 2007, he joined legacy Middletons. He moved to Corrs Chambers Westgarth in 2010 and became associate in 2012 before leaving in 2013 for stint as a senior associate at AZB & Partners in India. He also has experience in the Netherlands on secondment at telecoms company VEON. He has completed post-graduate studies at Wharton, INSEAD Business School, and the University of Melbourne.

Nicholls is a member of the corporations committee of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. He is also an adjunct associate lecturer at the University of Western Australia Law School, teaching and coordinating the M&A course.

Andrew Ballheimer, Allen & Overy global managing partner, said that the appointments are significant achievements in the career of the firm’s newest counsel. “These promotions demonstrate that our expertise is truly global and that we continue to invest in our talent to ensure we remain a leading law firm,” he said.

The firm’s other new counsel are:


  • Tom Reutelingsperger - ICM
  • Stephanie Horowitz - Corporate
  • Marnix de Planque – Litigation


  • Matúš Kudlak - Banking
  • Peter Jedinak - Banking


  • Frances Dethmers  - Corporate
  • Francesca Miotto  - Corporate
  • Isabelle Panis  - Tax


  • Mehdi Benzakour - Corporate


  • Achim Schmid - Corporate


  • Ryan Tou - Corporate


  • Kenna Safrudin - Corporate


  • Alex Moezi - ICM
  • Dan Birch - ICM
  • Andrew Kenning - Corporate
  • Rakesh Rathod - Corporate
  • Jan Skuhravy - Banking
  • Linda Roxburgh - Banking


  • Joanna Pecenik - Banking
  • Marc Tkatcheff - Corporate


  • Ishtar Sancho - Tax


  • Caroline Lapidus - Tax
  • Shira Selengut - Corporate
  • Joshua Shapiro - Corporate
  • Christine Steenman - Banking
  • Livia Talenti - Banking
  • Sarah Travis - ICM


  • Soline Louvigny  - ICM
  • Luc Lamblin  - Corporate
  • Thomas Roy  - Banking
  • Antoine Chatry  - Real Estate


  • Petr Vybiral – ICM


  • Taoye Ye - Corporate


  • Shuhui Kwok - Corporate
  • Xunming Lim - ICM
  • John Rainbird - Litigation


  • Gideon Wiginton  - Banking

James Nicholls