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 is a member of the Institute for Turnarounds (IFT) and a trustee for Cerebal Palsy Midlands.
Orbis Partners was engaged by Santander to provide financial and tax due diligence in support of the MBO of IDE Systems.
Orbis Partners was engaged by Radius Payments solutions to provide both financial and tax due diligence of Plant-I.
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 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.