James A. Wagar, Managing Director

James Wagar joined TCG in 2016 to launch and lead its investment banking and merchant banking efforts and also advise fund clients. James has over 18 years of experience in investment management and private equity strategies, including buyouts, venture capital, growth equity, private debt, private real estate and international equities.

Prior to joining TCG, James was a partner of Frontbridge Capital, a private equity advisory firm focused on niche opportunities.  Previously, James was a Managing Director of Construction Opportunity Partners I, LLC, a direct lending fund providing capital to production builders of single-family residences following the financial crisis. Previously, James was a Principal of Northern Lights Capital Group (“NLCG” merged to form Pacific Current Group – ASX: PAC) an investment firm providing capital and resources to the investment management industry. While at NLCG, James led the execution of eight investments in the formation or expansion of institutional fund management businesses, across public and private asset classes.  Prior to NLCG, James was a Partner of Montlake Capital (“Montlake” formerly Buerk Dale Victor) a private investment firm focused on growth-stage opportunities.  Prior to joining Montlake, James was a co-founder and served as the CFO of Torrent Technologies, Inc. (acquired by Marsh – NYSE: MMC), a business process outsourcing/SaaS company focused on flood insurance. Earlier in his career, James was an investment professional at NCA Partners, a lower middle-market private equity firm. James began his career as a research analyst at Towle Associates, a boutique investment firm managing international and global equity portfolios for institutional clients. James earned a BBA in Business Administration with a Finance concentration from Pacific Lutheran University. He holds series 63 and 82 registrations.