As an associate in BFKN’s Corporate & Securities and Luxury Groups, Jim strives to understand his clients’ operations and business objectives to provide them with thoughtful, world-class counseling and guidance on transactional, corporate and securities law matters.
Jim’s representation often takes the form of providing his clients’ with practical, efficient, and creative solutions to achieve their most crucial strategic goals, including counseling his clients through mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, and private equity and venture capital investments.
Jim advises clients across a wide range of industries, such as technology, consumer goods, fashion and luxury brands, and venture capital funds, and is able to provide his clients with advice on a variety of issues at the intersection of corporate law, including intellectual property and trademark licensing agreements and due diligence.
Before joining the firm, Jim advised private equity sponsors and public and private companies on a variety of corporate and capital market transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, public securities offerings, special purpose acquisition company formations (SPACs) and general corporate governance and securities law matters at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
- State of Illinois
- Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2019
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S., Finance & Accountancy, with honors, 2016
- Represented Moët Hennessy, a division of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, in its acquisition of Joseph Phelps Vineyards, a nearly five-decade-old producer of fine wines from Napa Valley and, more recently, the Sonoma Coast. The deal included 530 acres (215 hectares) of vineyards, including 429 acres (174 hectares) in nine Napa Valley estates and 99 acres (40 hectares) in two estates around the Freestone winery on the Sonoma Coast.
- Represented Pendulum, a strategic growth investing and advisory platform designed for founders and leaders of color, in a deal that raised $35 million in Series B funding for Saltbox, Inc., the flexible co-warehousing and small business logistics pioneer.
- PILI Fellow, Loyola University Community Law Center, Philip H. Corboy Law Center, Loyola University Chicago's School of Law (2019)
- Managing Editor, Northwestern University Law Review
- James Scholar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign