• Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Capital Markets


  • Healthcare


  • Assoc. for Corporate Growth, Los Angeles
  • Orion International Advisors
  • Santa Monica College Foundation, Board Member


James Castro leverages his diversified professional background—spanning corporate finance, healthcare strategy, and healthcare policy—to assist healthcare providers in creating sustainable enterprise value prioritizing patient outcomes. Implementing value-based care initiatives designed to reduce the cost of care (e.g., migration from fee-for-service to alternative reimbursement models) while improving patient outcomes is central to his differentiated approach.

Prior to joining legacy FocalPoint, now B. Riley Securities, Mr. Castro led Strategy and Corporate Development for a specialized orthopedic care organization and, separately, a full-service reproductive care company (i.e., medical practice, assisted reproductive technologies, cryo-storage, and surgery center). He also has expertise in Physician Practice Management, Outsourced Pharma and Behavioral Health (e.g., Autism Care, Sub-Acute Mental Health, Acute Psychiatric Hospitals, Substance Use Disorder, and Addiction Treatment). He began his corporate finance career as an investment banker with Houlihan Lokey and its affiliated private equity division, Century Park Capital Partners. James is recognized with the following distinctions: Winner of Turnaround Consultant of the Year (2016); Winner of Emerging Leaders Award "40 Under 40" (2016); and Los Angeles Business Journal - Most Influential M&A Advisors (2013). He received a bachelor's degree in Economics from the UCLA, master's degree in Healthcare Leadership (Healthcare Management & Policy) from Brown University, and is completing a master's degree in Global Healthcare from Oxford University (Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences in partnership with Saïd Business School).

B. Riley Securities provides a full suite of investment banking, corporate finance, advisory, research, and sales and trading services. Investment banking services include initial, secondary and follow-on offerings, institutional private placements, merger and acquisition (M&A) advisory, SPACs, corporate restructuring and recapitalization. B. Riley is nationally recognized and highly ranked for its proprietary small-cap equity research. B. Riley Securities formerly operated as B. Riley FBR following the merger of B. Riley & Co. and FBR & Co.