Senior Editor, Asia Pacific
James, an Australian journalist with over 25 years’ experience in print and electronic media, is spearheading MLex’s coverage of regulatory risk in Australia and New Zealand. In 2016, James was appointed as MLex’s managing editor for continental Europe, overseeing the Brussels bureau’s coverage of EU regulatory affairs and managing a team of 16 journalists in Brussels and Geneva. Previously James worked for the European Voice newspaper, before joining the European operation of US political website Politico as an investigative reporter specializing in governance, transparency and lobbying.
In Australia, James spent the bulk of his career at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. From 2001 he covered the Pacific for Radio Australia, first as presenter then executive producer of a daily current affairs program. He has appeared on both radio and television and has reported for Background Briefing, an investigative journalism program.James has degrees in English and Italian literature from the University of Melbourne; a degree in journalism from RMIT University; and an MA in international relations from the ANU.
Selected Insights by James
The appointment of Tony Abbott, a former Australian prime minister, to a UK government trade-advisory body has sparked controversy.
Oracle told Australian competition officials to focus on Google’s expanded use of personal information through the 2008 acquisition of DoubleClick.
Facebook’s track record of strategic acquisitions lie at the heart of the Australian regulator’s decision to probe the platform’s decision to acquire Giphy.
The regulatory push against online booking platforms such as Booking.com and Expedia appears to have lost momentum in Europe.
When New Zealand scrapped the joint-venture exemptions under the country’s competition law in 2017, few mourned their passing. “They were a dog,” one lawyer told MLex recently. “They were form over substance and very difficult to apply.”