James joined AIMA in May 2019 as Director of Asset Management Regulation. He has a legal background and twelve years’ experience in public affairs and government relations. Prior to joining AIMA, James worked at a leading Brussels-based consultancy, offering strategic communications support to predominantly financial services clients before returning to the UK at the end of 2013, to join the Government Relations team at U.S. insurer MetLife. During his time at MetLife, he led on public policy and advocacy programmes across the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. He retains deep knowledge of EU and UK political and regulatory systems as well as a detailed understanding of financial regulation. James also co-leads AIMA’s Digital Assets Working Group, a senior-level industry steering group that drives regulatory engagement, thought-leadership initiatives and operational guidance in the area of digital assets.