James Grenfell

James is a founding partner of Orbis and was a key figure in the history of Orbis Partners and Intrinsic Equity which you can see in our timeline.

James has over 25 years experience as a dealmaker, financier, and investor working predominantly within the Midlands business community. His career started with Deloitte Corporate finance, and he subsequently set up Birmingham’s first corporate finance boutique in 1999, which was sold to Kroll in 2003 and reacquired as Orbis Partners in 2006.

During this period James has invested in over 30 private businesses and currently holds board roles with Abacus Lighting, Homes Caring for Autism, iESCo, Storm Gaming, Laidlaw and Ham Baker Group. Over the last ten years, James has focused on financing and managing distressed businesses, working in partnership with management teams and stakeholders.

James still maintains an active role in the Orbis team using his experiences as both an advisor and investor, particularly within the healthcare and industrials sectors.

James is a member of the Institute for Turnarounds (IFT) and a trustee for Cerebal Palsy Midlands.

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Recent News

Orbis Advises on the MBO of IDE Systems
17th May 2019

Orbis Partners was engaged by Santander to provide financial and tax due diligence in support of the MBO of IDE Systems.

Orbis Partners Advises on the Acquisition of Plant-i by Radius Payment Solutions
5th April 2019

Orbis Partners was engaged by Radius Payments solutions to provide both financial and tax due diligence of Plant-I.

Orbis Partners Advises on the Acquisition of Weeting Tyres Ltd by Goodyear Dunlop Tyres UK Ltd
4th February 2019

East Anglia based Weeting Tyres has been acquired by Goodyear Dunlop Tyres UK (Goodyear). Orbis Partners provided both acquisition support and financial due diligence for the deal, reporting into the UK management and the US M&A team for Goodyear.

Orbis Partners Supports Young Enterprise With Business Workshop for Students
31st January 2019

Orbis Partners hosted a Business Workshop for students taking part in the Young Enterprise Company Programme, a voluntary scheme where student groups create their own company from scratch, helping to build employability and life skills to help students succeed in their future careers.

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The statutory directors of Orbis Partners Ltd are Chris Gregory, James Grenfell, Gary Ecob and Shah Zaki.