James is co-founder of Water Street Partners where he serves a global client base on joint venture transactions, governance, restructurings, and other partnership issues. Over his three decade career, he has advised clients on more than 200 venture transactions, and on the governance and optimization of many of the largest joint ventures in the world.
Prior to Water Street, he co-led the Joint Venture Practice at McKinsey & Company.
James is author of more than 100 articles on joint ventures, including those published in Harvard Business Review, McKinsey Quarterly, Corporate Directors, and Corporate Dealmaker. He is also the co-author of two books: Mastering Alliance Strategy and Water Street on Joint Venture Dealmaking. He has led more than 20 seminal research initiatives on joint venture performance and governance, and was the principal author of the CalPERS Joint Venture Governance Guidelines. Along with his Water Street colleagues, he annually hosts the JV Portfolio Governance Roundtable (most recently co-hosted with BHP), and the JV CEO Roundtable.
James was a Research Fellow at Harvard Business School, holds graduate degrees from Harvard University (MA-East Asian Studies) and the London School of Economics (MSc-Economics), and graduated from Tufts University (BA-Economics and History). When not traveling, he enjoys time in Washington with his wife, two daughters, and three dogs.