Jim has more than 30 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.
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
Ranked, Corporate/M&A: Private Equity, Chambers USA (2014–2018)
Listed, Daily Journal, California’s Top 10 Private Equity Lawyers (2014)
Recommended, M&A/corporate and commercial - M&A - large deals ($1bn+); M&A/corporate and commercial - Private equity buyouts, The Legal 500 US (2012–2018)
Listed, Best Lawyers, Orange County Corporate Lawyer of the Year (2014)
Listed, Best Lawyers, Corporate (2008–2015, 2017, 2018)
Listed, Best Lawyers, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity (2008–2011, 2014–2015, 2017)
Listed, Daily Journal, California’s Top 100 Lawyers (2011)
Listed, Super Lawyers, Southern California (2005–2010, 2012–2014)