Jim  Kilman
  • New York

Jim Kilman

Senior Advisor

Jim Kilman is a senior advisor of Burford with responsibility for advising Burford’s legal finance business. From 2019 through 2021, he served as Burford's Chief Financial Officer.

Prior to joining Burford, Mr. Kilman was Vice Chairman of Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley, where he served as Burford’s investment banker. He spent 32 years in the investment banking business, including senior roles at Goldman Sachs, ABN AMRO and PaineWebber. Through much of his career, he worked with the management and boards of diversified financial services companies in providing advice on strategy, mergers and restructurings and in raising debt and equity capital. Following his retirement in 2016, he became a Senior Advisor to Burford and founded and became Chief Executive Officer of KielStrand Capital, a family office based in Scarborough, New York.

Mr. Kilman 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 held Board roles with alpha-En Corporation, Recombinetics Inc and ModSpace Corporation, among others.

Mr. Kilman graduated with an MA and a BA in Economics from Yale University.