James is a Managing Partner at Wallbrook, part of Anthesis, where he oversees the firm’s day-to-day operations and guides the long-term strategy of our business.
In addition, he regularly advises senior executives, internal and external legal counsel, compliance officers and MLROs on a range of business intelligence, pre-transaction and third-party due diligence, and other investigations. James’ work touches on a number of sectors, most frequently private equity & alternatives; investment banks; private wealth; hospitality, and higher education and non-profit institutions.
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 – Africa’s largest 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.