James Schaefer is a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group and is Head of Global Power, Energy & Renewables for Blackstone Advisory Partners.
Mr. Schaefer has over 18 years of investment banking experience. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. Schaefer served as the Global Head of the Power and Renewable Energy Group at UBS. Previously, Mr. Schaefer worked in the power groups at Lehman Brothers, Salomon Brothers and Chase.
Mr. Schaefer’s strategic advisory experience includes advising OGE Corporation on its $11 billion joint venture with CenterPoint, advising Constellation Energy on its $4.5 billion nuclear business joint venture with EdF and its $1.1 billion acquisition of Boston Gen, advising US Bioenergy in its $2.9 billion merger with VeraSun, and advising Avista on its recently announced acquisition of Alaska Energy and Resources Company. He also led financings for Ameren, Exelon, Consolidated Edison, and Westar Energy, amongst others.
Mr. Schaefer received his M.B.A. with honors from University of Michigan and holds a B.A. cum laude from the University of Vermont.