James Geer

Associate director


James is a member of the firm’s finance and investment group and has a broad range of experience advising on derivatives, financial regulation, structured finance and de-risking transactions.

James has advised clients on a number of longevity and de-risking transactions for defined benefit pension schemes since being seconded to the Pensions and Insurance Risk Markets Group of Deutsche Bank in 2013. James has also worked on a number of other types of risk-transfer solutions involving credit default swaps, credit linked notes or LMA sub-participations, and has worked on a range of complex equity, index and fund derivatives, retirement solutions and capital saving solutions for banks and insurance companies.

James regularly advises clients (and has advised the FIA) on clearing arrangements and clearing documentation for both ETD and OTC derivatives and he has advised clients on all aspects of EMIR including, in particular, clearing, variation margin and initial margin (in relation to which he was seconded to Morgan Stanley in 2016). James has particular expertise in collateral and custody arrangements, and has advised on a range of such arrangements in the context of derivatives transactions, structured finance, fund investment and compliance with regulatory requirements.

James also advises on stock lending and repo arrangements and in 2018 advised ISLA on the development of the GMSLA 2018 – Security Interest Version.

Memberships and Qualifications

Association of Pension Lawyers (Associate Member)

Pension and Lifetime Savings Association (Central London Group)

Career history

Qualified: 2012, England and Wales

Pensions experience since: 2013

Joined Sackers: 2019

Employers: Clifford Chance LLP (2010 – 2019)

Academic history


University of Oxford (2005 – 2008)
The College of Law (2009-2010)


BA (First Class)
Legal Practice Course

Further Information

James can often be found on long walks, weightlifting and reading (particularly science fiction and fantasy), and enjoys music and the theatre.