20 April '21

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After partnering with Tech Nation and Crowdcube recently, the CP team are no strangers to big announcements. But this one’s a doozy.

James Peck has joined the CP team in London as our new Tax Partner after 8 years in the Fast Growth Technology/Media team at Grant Thornton.

James brings with him over 15 years’ experience supporting high growth, VC and PE-backed businesses as they scale, building structured tax strategies and helping them to anticipate challenges from day one, all the way through to a fundraise, sale or IPO.


It’s no secret tax gets more complex as you scale and your business accelerates through the different fundraise events. And with specialisms in raising finance, scaling overseas operations, R&D tax credits, implementing share option and remuneration policies, shareholder considerations and preparing companies for future acquisitions or disposals, James totally understands the headaches of FDs and CFOs in high growth businesses.

Of course, he has the first-hand experience to solve them too – advising companies and navigating them through any growing pains, always with a view to the next fundraise or liquidity event, adding huge value at each step.

What’s more, James understands that finance teams in growing businesses shouldn’t have to deal with 3, 4, 5 different tax advisers to cover all bases. The mistake often made is that each adviser will look at their ‘assigned workflow’ in isolation, without considering wider commercial drivers or taking a ‘helicopter view’ of the business and how different taxes can interact.

Growth companies need advisers with the expertise to make a difference across the whole picture, and by getting James on board, the CP Futures team are giving scale-ups exactly that.

As well as being a father to three daughters, James is/was(!) a keen trekker, diver and climber in his free time. And with his taste for adventure and appetite for a challenge, James’ arrival can only spell fantastic things for CP Futures.

James said:

“I am hugely excited to be joining the CP Futures Scale Up team. Cooper Parry is a firm that truly understands the complexities and nuances that scaling businesses face on a day-to-day basis and matches those with the expertise, experience and mindset to provide scaling businesses with a team of advisers who care about their business and the next phases of growth.

“Stakeholders need advisers who can relate to the journey they’re on, understand the ecosystem and have a strong desire to make a difference to their organisation. I am looking forward to bringing a wealth of experience to the table (along with a few battle scars) and continuing to support high growth businesses.”

Steve Leith, our Head of Tech & High Growth, said:

We are delighted to welcome James to the team – giving us additional tax capability and experience in the tech & high growth space. We are building the no.1 team focused on the scale-up space and James will be a huge part of our continued work, not only with founders and CFOs, but also with the wider ecosystem of accelerators, investors, and networks that support high growth companies. More than all of this, James’ entrepreneurial, dynamic and straight to-the-point approach is a perfect match for Cooper Parry and for our high growth clients.”