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James Vella-Bamber,
Group Head of Private Debt

Based in Luxembourg, James leads our private debt offering and has Group-wide oversight of the delivery of fund services to an international portfolio of private debt clients across multiple jurisdictions. He has overall responsibility for private debt operations, product development, client service delivery and business development.

James is also a board member of Aztec Luxembourg and handles the approval and implementation of policies, procedures and system enhancements across the Luxembourg office.

Background and experience

James initially joined our Jersey office in February 2016, before relocating to Luxembourg later that year to become Head of Real Assets in Luxembourg. He was appointed as Group Head of Private Debt in 2020.

Prior to joining the Group, James was a Managing Director at State Street Alternative Investment Solutions, where he had held numerous roles in client service and operations across their Singapore, London and Jersey offices.

Before working at State Street, James trained and qualified as a chartered certified accountant while working for PwC in his home country of Malta. During a nine-year tenure with PwC, which also saw him work in Milan and Jersey, he specialised in audit, with a particular focus on alternative investment funds.


  • Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
  • Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.

Outside of the office

James has an innate love of travelling and a passion for experiencing new cultures and local cuisines, having visited over 60 countries across six continents. When he is not travelling, he enjoys cooking as well as spending time with family and friends.

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