James has been General Counsel at Sanne since 2019. He is responsible for setting Sanne's legal and commercial strategy to ensure an effective operating platform which is best in class, providing unrivalled support to clients. James' areas of focus include platform support, litigation, projects and product development. He is also responsible for the insurance and company secretarial teams.

Background and Experience

James brings broad commercial, operational, people and legal skills, as well as an awareness of the importance of brand and culture in developing a successful business environment and the ingredients necessary to achieve and maintain this. James is a private equity lawyer by background and has worked in the industry since 2006, focusing on alternative investment funds and SPVs across the globe.

Prior to joining Sanne, James was part of the management team at Aztec Group for 10 years. He acted as the group’s general counsel and managing director of its Luxembourg office, where he was key in helping design the group’s operating model. James then became a funds' partner with Ogier in Luxembourg before returning to industry.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Admission as a solicitor in England & Wales and registration as an avocat in Luxembourg
  • Law Society of England & Wales
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Insight 6 October 2020

ESG data, apples, pears and ESG alpha

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Insight 8 September 2020

Keynote interview - Working out of office

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Insight 20 August 2020

The US funds industry - A thriving market

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02 Nov

Guernsey Funds Forum 2020

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