James Wallis

M&A Associate Director at Hanover Investors Management

London, United Kingdom


I am a diligent investment professional with comprehensive experience across the buy and sell side as well as raising financing to support transactions. I have worked across multiple geographies and sectors, and in a range of corporate and governance structures. I am highly focussed on long term objectives, strategies, and financial returns, and present my analysis, recommendations, and decisions accordingly. I have delivered significant growth and shareholder returns everywhere I have worked, and am proud to have developed stronger, sustainable businesses and assets. I bring a positive approach to my colleagues and the teams around me and believe that people are the key to success; I collaborate well with peers and stakeholders regardless of role or seniority, and ensure they have the relevant level of detail to understand the issues and make decisions.

Domain experience

Relevant Total Experience: 13 years

Seniority Level: Manager

Sector Experience: 

Consumer Services Diversified Support Services Environmental and Facilities Services Office Services and Supplies Professional Services


Skilled in: Corporate Strategy, Project Management Office (PMO), Post Merger Integration (PMI), Divestitures, Target Sourcing, Venture and minority investments, Joint Venture, Financial Due Diligence, Vendor Due Diligence, Bolt-on acquisitions, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Buy-and-Build, Value Creation & Enhancement, Strategic Finance, Private Equity & Growth Capital, Sell-side M&A, Corporate Development, Buy-Side M&A

Technical Skills: Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Office

Languages: English

Work Experience

Hanover Investors Management

M&A Associate Director



- Now

Originated and completed a number of bolt-on acquisitions for a range of portfolio companies. I also led a successful carve-out divestment process, raised debt financing in the USA and Europe, and originated a pipeline of further opportunities for portfolio companies to consider.

Aldridge Wealth

Investment Manager



- 1/2/2022

Investment Manager in Sir Rod Aldridge's Family Office. Ran a buy and build strategy for a portfolio company, making eight acquisitions within two years. Raised debt to fund this strategy and then refinanced this after three years. I also raised VC money for a business within our portfolio and worked on a number of asset-backed lending transactions.

Frog Systems Ltd

Non Executive Director



- 1/2/2022

Non Executive Director of an investee business of Aldridge Wealth. Frog Systems is a wellbeing streaming business offering a unique library of video content to support people through their wellbeing journey.

Warwick Estates Property Management Ltd

Non Executive Director



- 1/2/2022

Warwick Estates is a residential block management business based in Essex with offices across England and Wales. I acted as a Board observer from 2017 onwards and was formally made a Non Executive Director in 2020.


Investment Analyst



- 1/6/2017

Investing growth capital in mature businesses across Sub-Saharan Africa through a privately-held conglomerate structure. Significant investment was made to expand existing businesses into new geographies, and I orginated numerous new opportunities for investment.





- 1/11/2014

I joined Transaction Services as a graduate and became ACA qualified in 2013. I worked on a wide range of transactions including two large corporate carve-out divestments, and acquisitions for Private Equity and Corporate acquirers.


University of Birmingham



- 1/1/2010

Abingdon School



- 1/1/2007

Licenses / Certificates





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