James Knowles is a Managing Director with Teneo Strategy.
Prior to joining Teneo, Mr. Knowles advised clients at Citigate Dewe Rogerson on communication strategies around capital market and investor events, such as IPO’s, M&A, financial calendar, activist engagement, hostile takeovers and management changes.
Prior to this, Mr. Knowles was Managing Director at the European activist fund, Knight Vinke, where he spent five years creating and communicating investment strategies, as well as capital raising. While at Knight, he managed key relationships with some of the largest institutional investors in the U.S., Canada and Europe, and developed the firm’s reputation involving presentations to the Bank of England, the FCA and the UK Commission on Banking.
Before Knight Vinke, Mr. Knowles held a similar role as Managing Director at the U.S. hedge fund, Chilton Investment Co., where he had sole responsibility for developing the firm’s international reputation resulting in significant investment from European and Middle Eastern pension, endowment and sovereign wealth funds.
Before working in investment management, Mr. Knowles was an investment banker for 12 years at Morgan Stanley, where he managed their equity capital raising business as Equity Syndicate Manager. His responsibilities in this role involved coaching management teams on their investment case to maximize their market value, ultimately negotiating with leading investors and managing the aftermarket. He began his career at the UK merchant bank, Kleinwort Benson.
Mr. Knowles holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Honours) from Queen’s University, Canada.