Leadership Team

As a prime corporate finance advisor to governments, corporates or families whether in the UK or international we regard our people as the key asset in our business as they deliver the services and solutions which our clients seek.  We continually invest in our people so they can be the best.

We seek to attract people who are bright and bring common sense and experience to bear on client assignments.  In our recruitment we look for a range of backgrounds, cultures and experience so that a 360° view around client assignments and solutions can be given to our clients.

We look to give our people responsibility early in their careers with sector roles in which to develop understanding, knowledge, data and contacts.

The James Stocks & Co leadership team are:

Christopher Yates


Chris is a chartered accountant who has been involved in corporate finance since 1983 in Credit Lyonnais Securities, Corporate Finance Partners and on his own account. He has mainly advised smaller quoted companies across sectors but has been particularly active in investment trusts and property. He has been a director of a number of quoted and private companies and is currently a member of the advisory board of solicitors, Gordon Dadds LLP.

Tim Stocks

Managing Director

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Tim is the founder and Managing Director of London head quartered merchant bank, James Stocks & Co.  He spent over 30 years in private practice as a lawyer specialising in corporate finance and securities work.  Tim is the author of 'Corporate Finance Law and Practice'. Before establishing James Stocks & Co Tim was a partner and Head of Corporate Finance at the international law firm, Taylor Wessing LLP where he was "highly regarded" by the Legal Directories and recognised as an expert in this area of the law.  He was nominated for the 'FT Innovative Lawyer of the Year' in 2013 and the team was nominated for 'Corporate Team of the Year' in 2013 for a transaction he developed and executed.

James Simpson


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James has worked for well known City investment banks and stockbrokers gaining experience in all aspects of listed and unlisted fund transactions in primary and secondary market sales, and trading activities. James also has extensive investment funds investing and trading experience involving equities, derivatives, investment companies, investment trusts, offshore funds and ETFs.

Tom Johnson


Tom graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in Physics. During his time there he was a committee member for the Oxford University Polo Club and a member of the Oxford Finance Society. He has a keen interest in derivative pricing and combining derivative structures with conventional loan instruments.

At James Stocks & Co, Tom primarily works on structured finance transactions for sovereigns and corporates across their capital structure.