Completing well over 40 M&A transactions is not James’ proudest achievement: it’s the way they got done that matters more to him – and his clients. Some of Europe’s most successful entrepreneurs would testify that it was the combination of tireless energy, boundless patience, relevant expertise, cross-border experience and good humour that made the difference between transactional success and frustrating setbacks.

James co-founded CapEQ following a Director role within a regional M&A boutique practice, where his notable mid-market transactions included the sale of Ashchem Pharmacy to Bregal Freshstream; Vegetarian Express to Bridges Ventures; WC Rowe to Iberia Industry Capital; and Ecutek Ltd to Autometer/Promus Equity. He has founded, grown and exited several businesses of his own, so understands and sees issues from all perspectives. A natural entrepreneur, James avowed intent is to be an antidote to corporate mediocrity.

James holds a degree in Accounting with Banking and Finance from Cardiff Business School. He lives in Hampshire with his wife and a pair of livewire children who occasionally let him watch rugby as a break from cooking and renovating a house built by people unaccustomed to health and safety.