Founder & CEO
Jim is a mergers and acquisitions specialist and leads our M&A Practice. Jim built his corporate finance career at PwC and Target before setting up Shaw & Co in 2011 which he has grown into one of the most dynamic specialist advisory businesses in the UK. Jim is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has received several awards and industry recognition including South West Young Deal Maker of the Year in 2013. He is also listed as one the Southwest regions’ 42 entrepreneurs under 42 to watch.
Over the last 15 years Jim has completed more than 70 M&A deals with a combined transaction value exceeding £0.5bn. Jim takes on complex and challenging transactions for clients across a range of sectors including financial services, healthcare and life sciences, property & construction and wholesale and retail trade. Jim's mandates typically have deal values ranging from £7m to £75m. As well as running Shaw & Co, Jim’s corporate finance advisory and transactional support includes business valuations, exit planning, buying or selling a business, mergers, MBIs and MBOs.
When he’s not running the business Jim’s first love has always been sailing. He’s raced sailing dinghies from the age of 8 and has competed at National, European and World level in several classes. He enjoys sailing dinghies at his local club as well as bigger yachts on the Solent.