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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, 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 investments in offshore and domestic hedge and private equity, acquisition financing, financing of alternative energy products 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 a former 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. He also deals extensively with family-owned businesses and is the author of "Financing the Family-Owned Business," The Secured Lender.

Jim lectures frequently on issues relating to commercial lending, intercreditor agreements, relationships between agents, lenders, and co-investors, venture finance, and venture capital investment.


  • AV Preeminent® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer®: Business/Corporate (2006-2020); Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions (2006-2009)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®: Banking and Finance Law, Equipment Finance Law (2005-2021); Commercial Transactions/UCC Law, Corporate Law (2017-2021)
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers: Corporate M&A (2018-2019)
  • 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, Leadership Development Committee (Chair 2017-present), Business Law Basics Subcommittee (Chair, 2015-present), Section Council (2013-2017); 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: Member, 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.


October 29, 2020  Accounting, Auditing and Financial Reporting Conference
May 14, 2020  Webinar: Navigating the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for Manufacturers
January 24, 2019  Packaging Your Company for Investment
May 22, 2018  Drafting Legal Opinions for Article 9 Security Interests: Navigating the Complexities and Avoiding Liability
May 15, 2018  CLE Event: Webinar: LIBOR is Ending...What Do I Do Now?
May 3, 2018  CLE Event: Cryptocurrency in Venture Capital Transactions
January 30, 2018  UCC Article 9: Purchase Money Security Interests and Blanket Asset Lien Exclusions - A CLE Webinar
November 29, 2017  CLE Event: Webinar: Back to the Basics – Keys to a Successful Commercial Finance Transaction
October 19, 2017  CVG & CT Tech Tour
October 12, 2017  CLE Event: Webinar: Show Me The Money - Keys to a Successful Venture Capital Transaction
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

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

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
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