James Clough is a Partner and the Head of West Coast (United States) Mergers and Acquisitions of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He is a senior corporate lawyer who concentrates on transactions in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital and capital markets, and on counseling clients on U.S. securities laws compliance, corporate governance and other corporate and commercial advisory matters.
Mr. Clough has extensive experience in a broad range of merger and acquisition transactions including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, sales, restructurings, joint ventures and strategic initiatives. In the mergers and acquisitions area, he has particular experience in private target mergers and acquisitions, advising both foreign and U.S. buyers and sellers on middle-market transactions between $50 million and $1 billion.
In addition, he has extensive experience in the area of private equity and venture capital. He has been recognized as a recommended attorney in the 2018 edition of The Legal 500 U.S. rankings in the category “United States – Investment Fund Formation and Management, Private Equity Funds – including Venture Capital” and is described as a “key contact” in this area.
He has particular experience advising investors in direct investments and as limited partners investing in funds sponsored by major global private equity sponsors. Mr. Clough previously served as the chief legal officer of a portfolio company of the global hedge fund sponsor Elliott Management, which advises funds with capital in excess of $34 billion.
He also has considerable experience in capital markets transactions, including advising corporate issuers and investment banks on private placements and public offerings of securities, and he has advised lenders and borrowers with respect to commercial finance transactions.
While at this portfolio company, he played a key leadership role in building the company through acquisitions and corporate partnering and in its sale to an NYSE listed buyer that three years later sold the company and an affiliate to Allstate for almost $1 billion.
For many years Mr. Clough was a partner of a major global law firm where he was a founding partner and member of the leadership team of the firm’s Silicon Valley office. He began his career in New York with a prominent Wall Street law firm.
- J.D., Albany Law School, Union University
- LL.M., Corporate Law, New York University School of Law
- B.S., Siena College
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