Trevor James is a partner in Morrison Foerster’s Global Tax Group. He has over 30 years of experience providing corporate and international tax advice on a broad range of cross-border transactions, including public and private M&A, debt and acquisition finance, fund formation, and corporate restructuring. He has particular experience advising clients in the technology sector and IP-rich companies.
From 2008 to 2015, Trevor served as managing partner of MoFo’s London office—the first partner of color appointed to the role. He is chair of the London Diversity Committee and an active and longstanding member of the firm’s global Diversity Strategy Committee. In addition, Trevor sits on the board of directors of The Morrison & Foerster Foundation—the firm’s charitable foundation.
In two to three sentences, describe your practice.
My practice involves advising clients on the tax aspects of global M&A transactions, financing, and exploitation of intellectual property assets. I also advise companies on international tax issues and employee equity participation.
Why did you choose to make MoFo your professional home?
I joined the firm more than 18 years ago for a number of reasons. The firm has a stellar reputation in the technology sector, acting for some of the world’s leading companies. The opportunity to advise such clients was too good to miss! I was also attracted to the values of the firm – diversity, pro bono, and the great work we do via The Morrison & Foerster Foundation.
How do clients benefit from having diverse teams of lawyers working for them?
Global clients require global lawyers. We advise clients from all over the world on their complex transactions and problems. Having diverse teams and an environment where everyone has a voice, results in us approaching issues from different perspectives, which in turn gives the client better and more creative solutions.