James C. Schulwolf represents senior and mezzanine lenders, institutional investors, venture capital investors (including SBICs), private equity funds, hedge funds, emerging growth companies and private companies in financing, investment, leasing, acquisition, corporate, licensing and restructuring transactions.
Jim regularly advises these clients with respect to structuring, negotiating, and closing complex transactions. Jim also regularly advises clients with respect to distressed investments and the restructuring of existing investments and loans.
In addition, Jim advises clients, including municipalities, universities, and non-profit entities with regard to interest-rate swaps and hedging transactions. Jim is the past Chair of the Commercial Finance Committee of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section and is currently a member of the Business Law Section Council.
Jim’s experience includes the representation of senior lenders in complex commercial, asset-based, and acquisition financings; mezzanine lenders and hedge funds; SBICs and venture capital funds; emerging growth companies; buyers, sellers and sponsors in merger and acquisition transactions; and institutional investors in direct investments, fund of funds investments, and investments in private equity funds.
Jim is a recognized authority on drafting and negotiating intercreditor and subordination agreements on behalf of senior and subordinate lenders and is the author of “Controlling Your Destiny-Key Issues in Subordination and Intercreditor Agreements”, The Secured Lender (1995). He also deals extensively with family-owned businesses and is the author of “Financing the Family-Owned Business,” The Secured Lender (2002).
Jim lectures frequently on issues relating to commercial and real estate lending, intercreditor agreements, relationships between agents, lenders, and co-investors, venture finance, and venture capital investment.
- American Bar Association: Section of Business Law, Section Council (2013-Present); Commercial Finance Committee: Chair (2010-2013), Vice Chair (2007-2010), Co-Chair, Subcommittee on Programs (2003-2007); Co-Chair, Subcommittee on Intellectual Property Financing (1997-2002); Committee on Uniform Commercial Code; Regional Coordinator, Joint ABA/NCCUSL National Task Force for the Enactment of Revised Article 9; Member, Connecticut Revised Article 9 Task Force (2000-2001), Member, Connecticut Law Revision Commission Advisory Committee on 2010 Amendments to UCC Article 9 (2010)
- Crossroads Venture Group: President, Hartford Chapter (2003-2008); Member, State Board of Directors
- Turnaround Management Association, Connecticut Chapter: Board of Directors
- Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys
- New York University School of Law, J.D., 1980
- Amherst College, B.A., 1977, cum laude
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