James Agnew | KPMG | UK
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James Agnew

Director, KPMG Makinson Cowell

KPMG in the UK

James advises companies on the equity market and their interaction with equity investors.

James joined KPMG Makinson Cowell in January 2015.

He previously spent 13 years at Deutsche Bank, where he was the Chairman of UK Corporate Broking and advised on transactions including rights issues by National Grid, Wolseley, Greene King and Bank of Ireland, the acquisitions by Kraft of Cadbury, P&O by DP World and Skandia by Old Mutual. He also advised on the defence of Scottish & Newcastle, Thistle Hotels and Arriva. During his career he has advised on more than 20 flotations including those of Phoenix, National Express, Railtrack, Dimension Data, Esure and Tui, as well as Dual Tracks by Drax and Molnlycke.

James was previously head of Corporate Broking at Merrill Lynch and built the business from three FTSE 100 clients to over 25. During that time, he worked for financial institutions on transactions including the demutualisations of Halifax, Old Mutual and Friends Provident. He advised the Royal Bank of Scotland on its hostile offer for NatWest, as well as the Halifax merger with Bank of Scotland. James also worked on the acquisition by Anglo American of the De Beers minority, the defence of Liberty International and Carnival’s bid for P&O Princess.

James is a Member of The Takeover Panel and a Member of LSE Primary Markets Group.

Education and qualifications

  • MA Lit. Hum, Christ Church, Oxford

  • Dip. Acc. Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh

  • Chartered Accountant

Areas of expertise

  • Capital markets

  • Listed companies relationships with institutional investors

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