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Partner - James C. Schulwolf

James C. Schulwolf

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Jim 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.

Distinctions

  • AV Preeminent® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer®: Business/Corporate (2006-2016); Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions (2006-2009)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®: Banking and Finance Law, Equipment Finance Law (2005-2018); Commercial Transactions/UCC Law, Corporate Law (2017-2018)
  • Named "Lawyer of the Year" (2014): Best Lawyers  Hartford Region Banking and Finance Law
  • American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers: Fellow (1998-present) and Member of the Board of Regents (2005-2009)
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation: James W. Cooper Fellow

Professional Affiliations

  • 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

Community Involvement

  • Amherst Association of Connecticut
  • Town of West Hartford: coached, youth soccer and baseball; managed travel soccer team
  • Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford: Permanent Board Member; Former President and Board Chair
  • Leadership Greater Hartford

Representation of Single LP Venture Capital Fund

Represent investment management firm in connection with formation of bespoke investment vehicle for family office investors seeking to invest in technology companies, including the preparation of a limited partnership agreement, negotiation of terms with limited partners, preparation of general partner limited liability company agreement, and advice on securities compliance.

Events

June 28, 2017  CLE Event: Webinar: The Lender Asked for What? Understanding Loan Documents From the Borrower's Perspective
May 24, 2017  Commercial Finance: Fundamentals of Loan Documentation
March 21, 2017  Structuring Loan Participation Agreements, Conducting Lender Due Diligence: Strategies for Lead Lenders and Participants to Minimize and Manage Risk of Participations and Sales
February 22, 2017  Webinar: Subordination and Intercreditor Agreements
February 15, 2017  UCC Secured Transactions - Drafting Legal Opinions for Article 9 Security Interests
January 26, 2017  Webinar: Finding Your Way Through the UCC3 Financing Fog
December 8, 2016  Webcast: Venture Funding Strategies for 2017: Surviving The Cautious Venture Capital Marketplace
May 12, 2016  The Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Article 9: Best Filing and Searching Techniques Unveiled LIVE Webcast
February 11, 2016  CVG: Investor & Entrepreneur Network Event
January 28, 2016  Webinar: Getting the Money – Roadmap of a Financing Transaction
September 2, 2015  Webinar: Structuring Agent and Co-Lender Agreements in Multi-Lender Deals
August 27, 2015  Webinar: Delaware Corporate Law Essentials
April 21, 2015  LIVE Webcast: UCC Article 9 Statutory Remedies for Secured Transactions
March 31, 2015  4th Annual NYIC/CFA Joint Event
February 25, 2015  ACFA: Does Unitranche Mean Unity? Demystifying the Agreement Among Lenders
November 11-14, 2014  CFA: Playing in the Sandbox – Relationships and Key Issues Among Syndicate Banks and Agents
November 25, 2014  4th Annual Economic Forum
April 23, 2014  Exit Strategies for Founders
March 20, 2014  Webinar: Agents and Co-Lenders in Syndicated Facilities: Structuring Agreements to Balance Differing Rights and Obligations
January 28, 2014  Exit Strategies for Founders
January 8, 2014  ACFA: Negotiating for Syndicate Rights with the Agent
October 16, 2013  Exit Strategies for Founders
August 10, 2013  The Syndicate's View of the Agent: Dos and Don'ts; Rights and Maybe Wrongs
May 30- June 2, 2013  Charge it to the Business -- Legal Issues in Financing the Family-Owned and Closely-Held Business
April 5, 2013  The Lender Asked for What?? -- Understanding Financing Documents from the Borrower's Perspective
November 14-16, 2012  Charge it to the Business -- Financing the Family-Owned or Closely-Held Business

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James C Schulwolf Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2014 Banking and Finance Law Hartford                      

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Education

  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 1980
  • Amherst College, B.A., 1977, cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
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