Startup Advisor | Finance Lawyer | Strategy Consultant | Corporate Escapee
James currently acts as consultant and advisor to a number of startups and SME's in the technology, recruitment, health & wellness, FMCG, and property industries.
James has 10+ years experience as a finance and corporate lawyer, primarily in debt and structured finance, capital raising, leveraged finance and M&A. James also has experience in IP, debt capital markets, securitisation, infrastructure project funding, energy and government procurement.
James has acted for banks, hedge funds, superannuation funds, listed corporates, resources companies and others in the financial services industry, including in-house at banks in London and Australia, as well as technology companies, startups and SMEs.
Investor and General Counsel
September, 2013 - Present
James acts as General Counsel to LiveHire.me, the market-leading online talent community builder connecting employers with available skilled workers in real-time. LiveHire helps employers connect with and deepen their available talent pools across both specialised and diverse skill markets, and helps workers by combining a comprehensive web resume builder with a live search market to enabling them to receive job offers and access accurate salary and career guidance.
Consultant + Advisor
March, 2014 - Present
James consults to innovative startup law firm General Standards in a senior advisory capacity. General Standards is a law firm dedicated to starting new businesses. With operations in Australia, the US and UK, General Standards prides itself on making it transparent, simple and affordable to launch a new business with the guidance of an experienced lawyer.
Senior Associate - Banking + Finance
May, 2006 - September, 2013
James worked with a range of listed and unlisted clients in Australia and the UK across a variety of debt and structured finance areas, including leveraged finance, debt capital markets, securitisation, property and construction finance, and corporate finance. Clients include major retail banks, investment banks, hedge funds, superannuation funds, resource companies, listed media and entertainment companies, national transport companies and major contracting and property development companies.
Legal Counsel - Transactions (secondment)
February, 2010 - November, 2010
James worked as a senior lawyer with NAB's legal team across range of transactions for various NAB divisions including nab corporate, nab property, institutional, nab health and the retail banking division.
Lawyer - Global Banking + Markets (London)
September, 2008 - July, 2009
As a lawyer in RBS' Global Banking & Markets legal group, James advised and provided transaction support to RBS divisions acting as arranger and dealer on corporate and governmental Euro debt programmes, as well as the RBS' own bond and commercial paper programs.
2013 - 2015
Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance
2006 - 2008
Bachelor of Commerce
2000 - 2003
Bachelor of Laws
1998 - 2003
Level 13, 114 William Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
11 years held