Corporate Finance Partner – Technology
James is a Corporate Finance Technology Partner at HMT who brings over 20 years advisory experience.
After graduating in Economics and Accounting from the University of Bristol in 1994, James started his career at Deloitte, first qualifying as a Chartered Accountant before then specialising in Corporate Finance. James left Deloitte to take up a role as a Senior Financial Analyst in the telecoms industry.
In 2000, James joined ICON Corporate Finance, an advisory boutique specialising in the technology sector. During his 14 years at ICON, James completed almost 50 fundraisings and M&A transactions across the TMT space including software, SaaS, B2B & B2C, internet of things (IoT), telecoms, nanotech and new materials companies.
Before joining HMT, James was a Director in BDO’s National Renewables team, leading on transactions in the Energy and Cleantech sectors. At BDO, James led assignments for technology companies and project developers totalling in excess of £600 million.
Recent transactions include the disposal of a renewable energy portfolio company for a leading VCT, the refinancing of Europe’s largest Anaerobic Digestion facilities with leading banks and UK pension funds, a £100 million financing of an early stage battery storage company providing balancing services to the grid and a significant equity financing for a leading marine energy technology business.
James lives outside Bristol with his wife Catey, his two children Harry and Isabelle and an emotionally needy cat.
James enjoys mountain biking, cooking, rugby, skiing and reading autobiographies. Having slipped through the gaps at a strong rugby school that has produced numerous British Lions and Internationals, James is nonetheless a big rugby fan. Although no longer playing, he enjoys watching from the comfort of an armchair and living vicariously through the exploits of his son’s rugby team.
James is also keen on DIY and house renovations although more out of necessity than by choice as otherwise his two hundred year old house would fall down!