James Johnson | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
 James Johnson
 James Johnson

James Johnson

Partner, London

T +44 20 7532 2167

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James is a partner in the London office Real Estate Practice with a broad experience and an international practice spanning jurisdictions in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. James advises in relation to real estate investment acquisitions and disposals, the property aspects of corporate, project finance and private equity transactions, property financing, landlord and tenant work, real estate management and cross-border transactions.

James has a particular focus on data centres and advises developers, service providers and occupiers in relation to this highly specialised asset class.

Bars and Courts

  • England and Wales


  • LPC, Nottingham University
  • BA, Oxford University


  • English


The high profile commercial real estate acquisition of 105 Wigmore Street, London, W1 from Standard Life. Located next to the iconic Selfridges department store in the heart of London's West End retail district, he advised one of the Firm’s longstanding family office clients on the successful purchase following a competitive bidding.

Digital Realty in relation to Project Cheetah – the acquisition of eight high quality, carrier-neutral data centres across Europe in a deal worth in excess of US$874 million.

Digital Realty in relation to Project Panther – the sale of its Paris operating business and data centre for approximately US$211 million to Equinix.

Data4 Group in relation to the grant of the largest commercial data centre agreements ever to have been completed in France and Italy.

Harrods in relation to its US$1.3 billion real estate financing of Harrods department store.

Oaktree Capital Management on its acquisition of The Serviced Apartment Company (Saco).

Better Capital on its acquisition of Walkabout bars.

Deutsche Bank in connection with its real estate financing of Virtus IMH Limited for ongoing capex works relating to its data centres and an associated corporate acquisition.

Deutsche Bank in connection with its real estate financing of the development of a central London data centre by Volta Data Centres.

Digital Realty on its acquisition of the Sentrum portfolio for approximately US $1.1 billion.

Digital Realty on its ongoing £200m-plus acquisition, development and leasing of the largest data centre campus in Europe, in Crawley.