James has a broad range of experience in financial services, spanning geographies and the spectrum of wholesale financial services industries.  He has occupied senior positions in banks and professional services firms and has served on a number of trade association working groups and boards and has had regular engagement with regulators in the UK, Europe and the US.

He joined AG from Barclays, where he was the Head of Regulatory Relations and Policy for Barclays Bank plc, responsible for regulatory engagement, policy and advocacy across the range of businesses conducted by Barclays' investment bank as well as being responsible for managing day to day Group Finance and Treasury, operations and 2LOD engagement with the PRA and FCA.   He was responsible for regulatory engagement across matters as wide ranging as post Brexit structural re-organisations, post ring-fencing dialogue with PRA, material outsourcings (including to the cloud) as well as day to day regulatory matters.   He was also responsible for design and delivery of the regulatory engagement strategy, mediating engagement with senior and external stakeholders on supervisory matters and advising senior management on regulatory issues and approaches. 

Before Barclays, James had experience in both private practice (head of the UK regulatory practice at White & Case, and regulatory partner in the UK and US for Wilmer Hale, as well as being a partner of PwC Legal where he worked for both buy-side and sell-side clients) and was also EMEA Regulatory Counsel and Associate General Counsel of the Bank of New York Mellon.

Some projects with which he has been engaged recently include:

  • Libor Transition planning and delivery
  • Barclays' responses to CV 19 in the Investment Bank and for Group functions
  • Brexit re-organisations and related business movements, with a focus on strategic engagement with PRA and FCA;
  • Being point for control environment enhancements closely supervised by FCA;
  • Recovery and Resolution preparations, including focus on RAF and OCIR