James Stocks & Co is a merchant banking group providing companies with bespoke advisory and structured finance solutions. We aim to provide our clients with solutions rooted in experience grounded in strategic analysis of the client’s needs and designed to achieve success based outcomes. In our dealings with clients, we operate with integrity, respect and ensure that at all times we discharge to the highest threshold our duty of care to our clients. Having followed these principles we have built long term client relationships as we see our role as extending beyond the immediate transaction. Such approach enables us to be creative in our solutions, able to think laterally for our clients and to provide objective and truly independent advice.

We bring contemporary advisory services to companies both in the UK and internationally. Working with our clients in this way means we have built long-term relationships with corporates, institutions and governments.


Christopher Yates


Chris is a Chartered Accountant who has been involved in corporate finance since 1983; initially with Credit Lyonnais Securities. He has mainly advised smaller quoted companies across many sectors but has been particularly active in the sectors of investment trusts and property. He has been a director of a number of quoted and private companies and is currently the group Finance Director of Gordon Dadds Group plc.

Tim Stocks

Chief Executive Officer

Tim is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of 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.

Stephen Scott

Managing Director

Prior to his appointment Stephen was the Founder and Managing Director of Forum Capital International Limited (Forum), an international corporate finance firm with headquarters in London.

Stephen has over 30 years’ experience executing M&A transactions, raising capital and providing strategic advisory services.

Stephen began his career in investment banking in 1986 with PaineWebber (now UBS) in New York. He helped to establish PaineWebber’s European merchant banking business on the back of the successful acquisition of Juvena in Switzerland and Germany and SmithKline Beecham’s cosmetics business (Lancaster, Margaret Astor and others) by Joh. A. Benckiser GmbH. He then joined Société Générale in 1991 and ran their consumer M&A business based in Paris and London and worked on the origination and execution of transactions including Tate & Lyle.

Stephen established Forum Capital in 1995. Stephen’s guiding vision for the business was always that the best outcomes arise when close relationships are developed with clients, as part of their value creation cycle. Through its rigorously tailored solutions, Forum established many longstanding relationships over the past 25 years. Forum had global reach and worked across a variety of sectors, with various sizes of businesses at all stages of evolution, ranging from startups to turnarounds and mature businesses, including Pernod Ricard, H.P. Bulmer, Whitbybird, Kerrygold and Capital & Counties Properties.

Stephen trained as a Chartered Accountant with EY. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School with First Year Honours, and a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction from Trinity College at the University of Toronto. Stephen is a fluent French speaker with a working knowledge of German

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