James practices at the intersection of corporate and intellectual property law, often structuring and negotiating leading-edge deals in the fashion, sports, and entertainment worlds. Having completed extended tours of duty as a global brand CEO and a private equity operator, he brings a heightened understanding of the strategic, financial, and operational issues that underpin his deals.
James chairs the firm’s Crypto practice and routinely counsels fashion brands, professional sports teams, athletes, and media companies on leading-edge deals relating to venture financing and complex intellectual property transactions, including Web 3.0 (blockchain, NFTs, crypto gaming), cross-border licensing, and name-image-likeness transactions. His crypto clients include several NBA and NFL teams, a major cable network, global fashion brands, and blockchain native ventures, including some of the world’s most influential NFT creators.
Aside from his 20+ years of legal experience at the intersection of corporate and intellectual property law, James has served as the CEO of a global consumer brand and an operating partner for private equity funds in the US and UK. His command of deal dynamics extends far beyond legal issues, reaching deep into the strategic, operational, and financial layers of his client's businesses.
Articles in the National Law Review database by James Williams