Overview

Jim is a former member of the firm's Executive Committee and a partner in the Corporate Transactions & Securities and International practice groups. He also chairs the firm’s India Desk and Cryptocurrency group, and is a principal member of the Family Office Services group.

An extensive authority  on securities and corporate transactions, in the United States and internationally, Jim counsels clients on contract drafting and negotiations, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, private placements of securities exempt from registration, venture capital financings, and hedge fund, investment adviser and broker-dealer formation and compliance, and cryptocurrency issues.

Cryptocurrency

A prominent thought leader on cryptocurrency,  Jim provides insight into the unique regulatory challenges surrounding alternative financial services, and is a frequent presenter and commentator on the legal implications of Bitcoin.

Family Office Services

Jim is senior advisor to family office clients on various issues including, among others, family office structure and management, and transactional and regulatory matters.

Broker-Dealer/Hedge Funds

Outside of his law practice, Jim is an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law, where he teaches an upper level course in specializing on securities regulation.

Jim also actively supports community initiatives, regularly participating in profile and fund raising efforts.

Experience

With more than 35 years' corporate transactional experience, Jim routinely represents:

  • Public companies in connection with ongoing Securities and Exchange Commission compliance;
  • Latin American, European and Southeast Asian clients in the United States in connection with a myriad of securities and corporate matters, including transnational and off-shore financings and corporate transactions;
  • Hedge funds, venture funds, private equity funds, broker-dealers, family offices and investment advisors in formation, compliance and capital investment;
  • Companies and individual investors in connection with their capital formation from early stage through initial and subsequent public offerings, and complex financings and transactions.
Publications
Presentations
  • Panelist, “Navigating the Bitcoin and Token Markets,” Peltz International Seminar, August 29, 2017
  • Panelist, “Americas M&A and Growth, 7th Annual Intelligence Forum,” Global M&A Network, October 28, 2015
  • Panelist, “Digital Currencies on Wall Street: Risks & Opportunities,” Global Markets Insight, New York, May 2015
  • Presenter, “Bitcoin 101, Understanding the Real Value,” Ohio, May 2015
  • Panelist, “Bitcoin Regulation,” Bitcoin Center NYC - Satoshi Square, New York, January 2015
  • Presenter, “What is Bitcoin and Why Should You Care?” Ohio, October 2014
  • Presenter, “Virtual Currencies: Legal, Regulatory, and Policy Implications,” conference – The World Bank, Washington D.C., May 2014
  • Presenter, “Creating Liquidity,” Palm Beach Investment Research Group, Inc. Family Office Services meeting, Florida, April 2014
  • Presenter, “Preparing Your Business to Accept Payments in Bitcoin,” INSIDE BITCOINS the future of virtual currency conference, New York, April 2014
  • Panelist, “JOBS Act: The Terrible Twos, General Solicitation & Crowdfunding, the next Frontier of Securities Regulation,” Fordham University, Journal of Corporate & Financial Law 19th Annual Symposium, New York, March 2014
  • Speaker, “Threading the Needle in U.S. India Deals” conference, New Delhi, India, February 2014
  • Panelist, "Hedge Funds: The JOBS Act and Dodd-Frank – Two Years Later," Thompson Hine Seminar New York, October 2012
  • Panelist, "Hedge Funds: Capital Introduction After Dodd-Frank," Thompson Hine Seminar New York, September 2011
  • Panelist, "Hedge Fund Marketing in the Internet Age," HFA Seminar, May 2008
  • Guest, CNBC's "Morning Call," Episode: Hedge Funds & Soft Dollars, January 2007
Distinctions
  • AV® Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Professional and Civic

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • The Wall Street Bitcoin Alliance (WSBA), executive committee member
  • Hedge Fund Association's (HFA) Academic Advisory Board, 2013
  • New York State Bar Association, Securities Law Committee, 1986 to 1992

Community Activities

  • Fordham University School of Law, adjunct professor of law, 1998 to present, teaching Securities Regulation
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