James Groom

Founder & Director


James is a highly-trusted corporate lawyer with significant national and international experience. His areas of expertise include mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets, commercial contracts and corporate governance matters.

Before establishing Groom Kennedy in 2001, James worked for large law firms in Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom, specialising in the areas of corporate and securities law. He also worked as senior corporate counsel and company secretary for the Australasian operations of GE Capital.

James has a calm and practical approach to providing advice and builds strong relationships with clients ranging from entrepreneurs and start-ups to listed public companies.

In addition to his extensive legal practice, James is an experienced director of public and private companies. He is also Deputy Chancellor of the University of Tasmania.

James Groom


Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) and Bachelor of Laws - University of Tasmania



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  • Represented a number of software and services companies in exits to listed companies and private equity funds in Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and elsewhere
  • Represented an Australian biotech company in its international commercialisation and major contracts programs
  • Represented an Australian food company in its highly successful ASX IPO
  • Represented the Australian operations of an international financial services business in its $6billion refinancing
  • Regularly engaged by HNWs and family offices to assist with complex and sensitive succession planning and other private client matters

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