James Finnegan - Head of Corporate Finance & Partner in Charge for Exeter

James has a wide range of business advisory experience including strategic reviews, supporting growth businesses, succession planning, disposals, acquisitions, MBOs, refinancing & outsourcing.

His key specialism lies in building long term relationships with clients, understanding and developing their strategic goals and providing advice to ensure they achieve those goals.

He has spent over 15 years providing first rate corporate finance advice to a range of owner-managed, private, quoted and public sector clients, having worked in corporate finance in the London, Bristol and Exeter offices of international accounting firms before joining Bishop Fleming.

James has expertise in advising family businesses on significant lifetime decisions including acquisition, fundraising, partial exits and outright business sales. He also has a strong understanding of the private equity and banking markets, both from having advised corporate clients on raising funds and refinancing debt, and having advised private equity funds and banks on their investments. He has also significant experience of cross border transactions having worked with clients in the UK, mainland Europe, North America, Central America, Asia and Australia.

His recent clients have included CP Foods, Succession Group, HSBC Bank, Barclays Bank, Exmoor Ales, Ashley Manor Upholstery, Nu-Heat and Devon County Council.

He has an MA in PPE from Oxford University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. James lives in Exeter and his interests include rugby, cricket, golf, history and spending time with his three children.

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