MANAGING Partner, London
James is a Managing Partner in Wallbrook’s London office, where he specialises in helping investment banks, private wealth managers, private equity and hedge fund clients. He advises senior executives, internal and external legal counsels, compliance officers and MLROs on business intelligence, pre-transactional and third-party due diligence, internal due diligence procedures, and regulatory compliance.
Prior to Wallbrook, James worked as a Managing Director at Stroz Friedberg from 2013 to 2018 and was COO of the firm’s Due Diligence and Strategic Research business. During this period he was instrumental in growing and scaling the team to over 80 professionals globally, and, following the acquisition of Stroz Friedberg by Aon Plc in 2016, worked closely with Aon’s M&A and Transaction Solutions group to assist private equity clients with integrity diligence on their acquisitions and divestments.
James was previously an Associate Director of Billiter, a due diligence and investigations firm which was acquired by Stroz Friedberg in 2013, having joined Billiter as an Analyst in 2009. At Billiter, James was responsible for a team of researchers who produced pre-transactional compliance reports for the firm’s financial services clients. Previous to Billiter, he worked for Standard Bank across a number of business areas in both London and Johannesburg.
An Africanist by background, James has coordinated and undertaken due diligence projects, litigation support and asset traces throughout Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. He has managed hundreds of complex, multi-jurisdictional regulatory compliance investigations, most notably in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Angola, the DRC, Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, the UK and Ireland.
James holds a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and a first-class bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Exeter. He became a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) in November 2010.