James Viles leads Bain's private equity practice in Australia

30 May 2021 Consultancy.com.au 2 min. read
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Bain & Company has announced a change of leadership in its Private Equity practice, with Andrew Tymms passing on the baton to James Viles. 

Melbourne-based Andrew Tymms is the head of Bain & Company's Private Equity practice across Asia-Pacific, which includes Greater China, India, Southeast Asia, Korea, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. In a dual role, he also led Bain’s Australian Private Equity practice, leading teams across the firm’s national offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. 

Tymms has now handed over that latter role to James Viles, who has been with the strategy consulting firm for over twelve years. He currently is based in the Sydney office, and earlier in his career he worked out of Bain’s offices in London (UK) and Johannesburg (South Africa).

James Viles, Head of Private Equity, Bain & Company

Viles has extensive experience in the private equity sector, working with investors and their portfolio companies on strategic and commercial diligence, post-acquisition strategy, performance improvement and (exit-focused) value creation. His focus is on deals in the healthcare and fast-moving consumer goods sectors. Prior to Bain, Viles worked at OC&C Strategy Consultants for four years.

“James has proven to be an integral and essential part of both the practice and firm’s success and he is a trusted advisor to his clients, a loyal colleague and is well respected in the industry. I’m sure he will continue to bring the energy and passion he’s known for to this new role,” said Bain & Company’s Australia Managing Partner Peter Stumbles

Stumbles also thanked Tymms for his key role in leading and growing the practice down under. Since joining the firm 23 years ago, Tymms has worked on more than 300 commercial reviews, mergers & acquisitions, post-acquisition and portfolio company projects for private equity investors and hedge funds.

Globally, Bain & Company is one of the leading strategic consultancies to private equity groups. According to the firm’s latest ‘Global Private Equity Report’, the industry now holds over US$4 billion in assets under management, with Asia Pacific accounting for a quarter of investment value.