Jim Loss has nearly 40 years of experience in mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, venture capital financings, public offerings, and private placements. He has represented both financial and strategic buyers and sellers in a wide range of transactions across industry groups, and has experience in representing buyers in corporate “carve-out” transactions. Jim is the former leader of the firm's global private equity practice.
After graduating from Yale Law School in 1980, Jim studied law in Germany under a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service from 1980 to 1981, and served as a law clerk to Judge Malcolm M. Lucas, United States District Judge for the Central District of California, from 1981 to 1983.
Jim has been involved in a number of sports-related transactions, including advising on the acquisition of an NBA team and a proposed investment in a sports league.
Selected Recent Transactions
Represented Platinum Equity in its acquisition of a majority interest in the embedded computing and power business of Emerson Electric Co
Represented StoneCalibre in its acquisition of Anatrace from Affymetrix Inc.
Represented Platinum Equity in its acquisition of a majority interest in the third party logistics services business of Caterpillar Inc.
Represented Platinum Equity in its acquisition of a global logistics and supply chain company from Deutsche Post AG
Represented stockholders of a regional kidney dialysis company in connection with the sale to a private equity investor
Represented stockholders of Keystone Automotive, a leading distributor of aftermarket auto parts, in the sale of the company to LKQ Corp.
Princeton University, 1976, Artis Baccalaureate
Yale Law School, 1980, Juris Doctor
Clerkship to Judge Malcolm M. Lucas of the US District Court for the Central District of California (1981 - 1983)
Awards and Affiliations
Recognized, Best Law Firms for Private Equity Transactions, United States (Highly Recommended), Leaders League and Décideurs (2021)
Ranked, Corporate/M&A: Private Equity, California, Chambers USA (2021, 2022)
Ranked, Corporate/M&A: Private Equity, Chambers USA (2014–2020)
Lawyer of the Year, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Orange County, The Best Lawyers in America (2020, 2022)
Recognized, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Orange County, The Best Lawyers in America (2023)
Recognized, Corporate Law, Orange County, The Best Lawyers in America (2008–2015, 2017–2023)
Recognized, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Orange County, The Best Lawyers in America (2008–2011, 2014–2015, 2017, 2019–2023)
Recommended, M&A/corporate and commercial - Private equity buyouts, The Legal 500 US (2012–2021)
Recommended, M&A/corporate and commercial - M&A - large deals ($1bn+), The Legal 500 US (2012–2019)
Recognized, California's Top 10 Private Equity Lawyers, Daily Journal (2014)
Lawyer of the Year, Corporate Law, Orange County, The Best Lawyers in America (2014)
Recognized, Southern California Super Lawyers (2005–2010, 2012–2014)
Recognized, California's Top 100 Lawyers, Daily Journal (2011)