Melanie James is a Partner within the London Corporate Insurance Group of DLA Piper. Melanie has over 17 years' experience in (re)insurance transactional and regulatory matters, gained both in-house and in private practice. Melanie focuses on corporate insurance and advises on all aspects of non-contentious insurance matters. 

She regularly advises on complex cross-border insurance and reinsurance mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, reorganisations (including SE and cross border mergers), portfolio transfers and the structuring, formation and licensing of insurance and reinsurance platforms across Europe. Melanie also advises on PRA, FCA and Lloyd's regulation and other corporate matters, including reinsurance transactions, bancassurance, capital structuring and Lloyd's capacity offers and auctions.

Prior to joining DLA Piper, Melanie spent eight years within the Corporate Insurance Group of Dewey & LeBoeuf and was,  prior to joining Dewey & LeBoeuf, Head of Operations and a Director of a Lloyd's Broker in the City of London.