Ex Goldman MD joins Campbell Lutyens infra team

The London-based placement agent has hired James Wardlaw to its specialist infrastructure practice as a partner. Wardlaw has extensive investment banking experience, as well as having spent a number of years as a government official.

James Wardlaw has joined as a partner in the infrastructure practice of placement agent Campbell Lutyens. He will oversee relationships with institutional investors in infrastructure across debt and equity, as well as having responsibility for secondary infrastructure transactions.

Wardlaw was most recently a managing director in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs, where he looked after UK public sector coverage. In all, he has 23 years’ experience of investment banking and financing, having previously worked for County NatWest, SG Warburg & Co and Merrill Lynch.

He has worked on a number of high-profile infrastructure projects during his career including High Speed One, the financings of Network Rail, Crossrail and Eurotunnel, and the restructuring of British Energy.    

Prior to joining Goldman, he spent three years between 2002 and 2005 as an official at HM Treasury, the UK government department responsible for developing and executing public finance and economic policy.

He also teamed up with Oxford University economist Dieter Helm to co-author a paper for the Policy Exchange think-tank entitled “Delivering a 21st Century Infrastructure for Britain”, which was published in 2009. He is also a member of the Green Investment Bank Commission chaired by Yell Group chairman Bob Wigley, which is looking into the feasibility and role of a green banking institution.

Campbell Lutyens, which was formed in 1988, advises on primary fund placement and secondary transactions in private equity and infrastructure. It has offices in London, New York and Hong Kong, and team members based in Chicago, Washington and the Middle East.