James Wilmott is a Managing Director and Head of Europe for MSI. A 29-year veteran of Morgan Stanley, Jim has been investing in principal transactions since 1996 across a range of asset classes and geographies. Since joining MSI, Jim has taken significant roles in numerous transactions, including leading a Fund I consortium in acquiring Eversholt Rail Group. Jim also serves on the board of Chicago Parking Meters (“CPM”) and served on the boards of Eversholt and Affinity prior to their sales.
Prior to joining MSI, Jim was responsible for establishing Morgan Stanley’s Principal Investing business in Europe, a special situations, on-balance sheet investment platform. Prior to this, he was Deputy Head of the Principal Investment Department that oversaw Princes Gate Investors, a series of global special situations equity funds that focused on growth and bridge equity, minority investments and structured equity investments. In this role, he spent over six years originating, structuring, managing and exiting investments across a wide variety of sectors and regions. Jim was also a founding member of the Morgan Stanley Bridge Fund, where he originated and managed high-yield bridge loans for four institutional investors, including Morgan Stanley.
Jim holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School where he graduated with distinction. In addition, he received his A.B. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar.