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JAMES M. LAWRENCE

James Lawrence is an associate in the firm’s Phoenix office. He has a broad corporate practice with a focus on mergers and acquisitions. James has helped dozens of clients structure, negotiate, and close acquisitions and divestitures across a wide range of industries, such as manufacturing, technology, health care, agriculture, private equity, and food and entertainment. He also has experience in joint ventures, entity formation, financing, corporate restructuring, and commercial contracts.

Outside of work, James enjoys fly fishing, gardening, hunting, and traveling. Before becoming an attorney, James worked as a hotshot firefighter for the department of the interior.

Education

  • J.D., summa cum laude Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
  • B.A., Economics University of Nevada, Reno
  • Order of the Coif
  • John J. Ross Award for excellence in business law

Areas Of Practice

Our business and finance attorneys represent national, regional and local clients participating in significant transactions.

Our business attorneys recognize and appreciate the value of entrepreneurship and innovation, and are committed to providing efficient, straightforward and business-oriented solutions that facilitate success and avoid pitfalls while recognizing early capital is precious and expensive.

Taxes are a significant expense for any business and most individuals, and tax planning should not be an afterthought.

OTHER EXPERIENCE

  • CARES Act Compliance

Representative Cases

  • Represented the third largest manufacturer of antifreeze in the United States in a $100 million equity transaction.
  • Represented pool supply manufacturing company in a sale of assets to a strategic buyer.
  • Represented global produce fruit distributor in a sale of assets to a strategic buyer.
  • Represented numerous other clients in M&A transactions, on both buy-side and sell-side.
  • Represented New York based investment management software firm in a $50 million sale to a strategic buyer.
  • Represented Arizona-based construction company in several asset acquisitions totaling in aggregate $200 million.
  • Represented a multi-billion dollar public Japanese corporation in a $200 million equity acquisition of a Canadian public company and subsequent cross-border corporate reorganization.
  • Represented an Arizona-based manufacturer of roof flashing and plastic weather-blocking products, in a $100 million equity sale to a private equity buyer.
  • Represented several venture capital firms in financings and convertible debt investments.
  • Represented several staffing companies in equity and asset sales totaling more than $300 million.
  • Represented Phoenix-based software company in a $20 million preferred stock investment.
  • Represented Arizona-based road safety services company in a $10 million equity sale.
  • Represented several fire-safety services companies in equity and asset sales to a single private equity buyer.
  • Represented several insurance brokerages in asset and equity sales to various strategic buyers totaling more than $200 million.
  • Represented residential home-builder in $50 million asset acquisition.
  • Represented numerous other clients in M&A transactions, on both buy-side and sell-side.

Articles and Presentations

Admissions

  • Arizona