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 Finalises the Sale of Signis to Key Assets Group
17th January 2019

Birmingham-based Orbis Partners have finalised the sale of The Signis Group (Signis) to Antser Group (Antser), for an undisclosed sum.

Orbis Partners Make Key Appointment
3rd December 2018

Orbis Partners are delighted to announce the appointment of Tom McCarthy who will join the team in Birmingham as a Director. Tom brings with him over 15 years corporate finance experience following six previous years at Birmingham-based boutique Odyssey Corporate Finance.

Orbis Advises Stuart Turner on Fifth Strategic Acquisition
1st November 2018

Birmingham-based Orbis Partners have finalised the acquisition of GAH Heating Limited’s Coldstream, Dualstream, Boosterstream and Electrastream product trading assets by Stuart Turner Ltd.

Steve Nock Takes Home Young Dealmaker of the Year Title
17th September 2018

We are delighted to announce that Associate Director Steve Nock has won the Young Dealmaker of the Year award at the Midlands Dealmakers Awards 2018.

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