James specializes in guiding clients through periods of operational and financial distress. With 18 years of interim management and restructuring experience, James has advised on complex engagements for companies, secured lenders, unsecured creditors, and public sector entities. He has worked with companies with revenues ranging from the low millions to several billion and has enhanced value for all parties by improving operational performance, designing restructuring strategies, identifying cost savings, developing and evaluating business plans, managing liquidity in times of crisis, and executing asset sales.
James has advised clients across a wide spectrum of industries in locations throughout the United States.
A crucial component to our role in distressed advisory is always maintaining a high level of empathy. Our clients are going through some of the most challenging, pivotal moments in their lives, and we need to appreciate how they are being impacted in order to give the correct guidance and support in navigating unfamiliar waters.
As part of the largest bankruptcy ever filed, James helped broker the sale of Lehman Brothers’ investment in Neuberger Berman, resulting in a recovery of approximately $1.5 billion for Lehman creditors.
He previously served as Interim Treasurer for Service Net, a warranty and service plan administrator, and as advisor to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in Kodak’s bankruptcy, where he guided creditors towards a significant recovery in an engagement that was named Mega Company turnaround of the year.
He also served as Director of Operations for the Algiers Charter School Association, a New Orleans organization created after Hurricane Katrina to quickly bring schools back on-line. In that capacity, he created and managed critical service functions, negotiated third party contracts, and centralized purchasing.
Finisher of New York Marathon (3:41:37)
Father of two boys
Fervent Michigan Football and Red Wings hockey fan
It would be interesting being a police detective. I would enjoy the uniqueness of each challenge, the psychological aspects of dealing with witnesses and suspects, and the rush of closing a case.
Restructuring advisory services for middle-market companies
Distressed merger and acquisition services
Bankruptcy Creditor Committee financial advisor
Distressed credit lender financial advisor
Public sector turnaround and advisor
faBBA with High Distinction – Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan