James leads the global M&A activity for Qualitest Group, including sourcing, executing and integrating acquisitions, as well as the strategic assessment of adjacencies.
James has worked in M&A for more than 20 years, as an advisor with Arthur Andersen, Deloitte and Canaccord Financial (Hawkpoint), and as a principal in his role with Equiniti Group plc for 12 years. At Equiniti, James led the execution of 35 M&A transactions, including 30 acquisitions, several disposals, a public bond issue and an IPO (which facilitated a private equity exit for Advent International). At Equiniti, the business grew revenue from £150m to £550m through M&A.
James graduated from The University of Edinburgh with a BCom (Hons) and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS).