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James Kilman

Board Member

Jim currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of Burford Capital Ltd, a NYSE- and LSE-listed finance firm that is the world’s largest focused on law and where, from 2017 to 2019, he served as Senior Advisor.

​Prior to his retirement in 2016 as Vice Chairman of Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley, Jim spent 32 years in the investment banking business, including senior roles at Goldman Sachs, ABN AMRO and PaineWebber.  Through much of his career, Jim worked with the management and boards of diversified financial services companies in providing advice on strategy, mergers, restructurings and raising capital.

​Jim currently serves as a Trustee of the MFS Mutual Funds, Boston MA, the oldest and one of the largest mutual fund complexes in the US. He previously served on the Boards of alpha-En Corporation, a publicly-traded provider of lithium metal technology in Yonkers, NY; Recombinetics Inc., a privately-held agricultural bio-technology company in St. Paul, MN; Modular Space Corporation, a privately-held supplier of modular structures in Berwyn, PA; and Lebenthal Holdings, a privately-held broker-dealer and asset manager in New York, NY.  His community involvement includes serving on the Board of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in Cold Spring, NY; as Chair of the Investment Committee of the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, NY; and as Treasurer of his Yale College Class.  He has previously been active on the Parents Association Boards at Bucknell University and Carleton College.

​Jim holds an M.A. and a B.A. in Economics from Yale University.