James Whitelaw

james whitelaw

Director, James Whitelaw, leads HMW Group with over thirty years’ experience in the corporate financial sector.

Known for his flexible and intelligent solutions to complex financial issues, James’ career began with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu in 1987 before establishing HMW Partners (HMW) in 1991. During 2015, HMW Partners merged with Wallace Group – known today as HMW Group.

James benefits HMW Group clients with his extensive knowledge on property development and investment trusts, equity and debt raisings and mezzanine financial syndications. His expertise further extends across key elements of accounting and taxation issues, financial modelling and corporate business planning. 

James is behind HMW Group’s successful sales of client businesses within Australia and the international market.  His business acumen, commercial experience and detailed understanding of financial modelling have seen him called to testify as an Expert Witness on a number of occasions.

A board advisor to over twenty five client groups, James is sought after for his industry knowledge, lateral thinking and highly effective structuring advice.

A dedicated husband, and father to two boys, James enjoys collecting Australian Art and playing
tennis and golf.


  • Bachelor of Commerce - (UQ)
  • Fellow Chartered Accountants - (ICAA)

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of ICAA