James is a qualified chartered accountant with extensive investment banking and financial training experience. After graduating from Cambridge University, James began his career with Arthur Anderson in Manchester where he spent four years in the Audit Division, preparing and auditing financial statements for public and private UK companies.

He later joined HSBC Investment Bank in London and worked for two years in the Corporate Finance and Advisory Division, assisting in origination and execution of M&A and corporate finance transactions.

Following HSBC, James joined Merrill Lynch International. Here he spent 5 years working in the Investment Banking Division, on corporate finance transactions such as take-overs, equity and debt issues, capital structure analysis and corporate risk management.

James now provides training to graduates and banking professionals in the areas of accounting, corporate finance, capital markets, derivatives, valuation, M&A and financial modeling.

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