James has more than 15 years of experience across various fields like private banking, private equity and investment banking in institutions like DBS Bank, OCBC Bank, Oppenheimer Investments and Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services. At Oppenheimer Investments, James was the head of Asia for 5 years and he was instrumental in starting and growing the business for the group in Asia. He has successfully closed M&A and Project Finance deals in excess of US500mn across various industries like infrastructure, consumer goods and real estate.
In addition, James also ran a family office which invested in more than 9 investments spanning from healthcare, consumer goods, aged care, engineering, renewable energy and childcare.
James currently is the Chief Investment Officer of YCH Group, where he originates and executes cross boarder acquisitions for the group. In addition to M&A, James actively spearheads YCH’s corporate finance initiatives across the group’s real estate assets and supply chain financing solutions.
He is also a Partner of Supply Chain Angels, YCH’s SG20m Corporate Venture Capital vehicle. Co-invested by the National Research Foundation under the Early Stage Venture Funding Scheme III, Supply Chain Angels invests in startups that are synergistic and complementary to YCH’s supply chain and logistic business with the aim of “Creating Unicorns in the Supply Chain”. Supply Chain Angels is also a partner with SG Innovate. He is also a mentor for PolyFinTech100 and a founding member of the Chicago Booth Angels Network in Singapore.
James holds a Master in Business Administration from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Corporate Finance from University of Western Australia. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (Australia).
James has also been actively giving back to society. He contributed to raising a memorial fund of more than SG2mn to fund the needs of selected Arts & Social Science students at the National University of Singapore. In addition, he has served in the Citizens’ Consultative Committee and was the Vice Chairman of the Community Sports Club for Bukit Batok division in Jurong GRC.