Our Firm
Founded in 2002, James Lam & Associates (JLA) is a consulting firm that is singularly focused on risk management. Our clients include global financial institutions, energy firms, multi-national corporations, and government service organizations. In a special report "Identifying and Selecting the Right Risk Consultant," independent research firm Forrester ranked JLA among the top-tier of select consulting firms with "extensive risk capabilities" across major industries. 

We provide consulting services in all aspects of risk management:

  • Developing and implementing ERM programs
  • Aligning board and management governance structures and processes 
  • Establishing risk management policies, including risk appetite statements
  • Developing risk analytics, such as economic capital and value-at-risk models
  • Improving risk assessments, including top-down risk assessments and risk-control self assessments (RCSAs)
  • Enhancing risk management capabilities – strategic risk, market risk, credit risk, and operational risk
  • Developing key risk indicators and dashboard reporting

We also provide board and executive training services:

  • On-site, customized training based on client learning objectives
  • Practical content and delivery based on best practices, case studies, "war stories," and examples
  • Action-learning workshops that combine training and hands-on work to make improvements in a specific area (e.g., risk policy, metrics, reporting)


Our Unique Approach

JLA has successfully completed over 50 client engagements and achieved an exceptionally high level of client satisfaction. We work directly with chief risk officers (CROs), CEOs, CFOs, and other senior executives and corporate directors to improve the effectiveness of their risk management programs. Our approach is distinctive in the following important ways:

  • We work only on risk management engagements. We do not work on anything else.
  • Our president, James Lam, serves as the principal consultant on every engagement.
  • We truly listen to our clients. Every engagement is unique, and our work plans and deliverables are tailored to the specific requirements of each client.
  • Our clients get results. We bring a blend of consulting and industry experience, so we can deliver practical solutions that work.
  • We help our clients with implementation and change management initiatives.

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