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James D. Bamford

Water Street Partners, LLC
Managing Director
Washington, DC, USA

Jim is a co-founder of Water Street Partners, where he serves a global client base in industries ranging from oil and gas, mining, and chemicals to hi-tech, and industrial manufacturing. He has supported more than 200 joint venture transactions and restructurings, and worked extensively on JV governance, organizational, and commercial issues.

Prior to Water Street Partners, Jim co-led the JV and Alliance Practice at McKinsey& Company (2001-2008). While at McKinsey, Jim founded the JV CEO and Directors Roundtable, a working group of senior practitioners running or sitting on the Boards of large joint ventures.

Jim is author of Mastering Alliance Strategy, and has written more than 100 articles on joint ventures and alliances in Harvard Business ReviewCorporate DealmakerMcKinsey Quarterly, the Joint Venture Exchange, and other publications.

Prior to McKinsey, Jim worked in Asia for an affiliate of Booz-Allen-Hamilton in Asia, served as the editor of The Alliance Analyst, and headed a successful information services company focused on providing merger, acquisition, and joint venture transaction advice to large global companies.

Jim has an undergraduate degree from Tufts University, and graduate degrees from the London School of Economics and Harvard University.



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