James Black has more than 15 years of experience advising on cross-border corporate transactions, with a particular focus on equity capital markets and mergers and acquisitions.
He is responsible for our US securities and M&A practice in Germany and regularly advises issuers and underwriters on major European IPOs and rights offerings with and without simultaneous offers in the United States. He also advises German companies on the establishment of ADR programs and on a variety of US securities law issues relating to dealings with US shareholders and ADR holders.
James Black also regularly advises German companies, as well as financial and strategic investors in connection with cross-border M&A transactions, including both bilaterally negotiated acquisitions and disposals and high-profile auction processes on both the sell- and buy-side. He also advises on US aspects of public takeover offers involving non-US targets and on corporate law issues arising under the laws of New York and Delaware.
James Black’s practice is fully integrated with our German capital markets and corporate practices, and he regularly provides German clients with US-law advice in the German language. He publishes articles in the financial and legal press and lectures regularly on US legal topics relating to capital markets and M&A. He is the Executive Vice President of the American German Business Club in Frankfurt and is active in the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany, the M&A Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section and the German American Law Association, among other organizations.
Prior to joining White & Case in Frankfurt in August 2007, James Black worked for top international law firms in Washington, D.C. and Frankfurt for over ten years and, prior to that, was a Robert Bosch Fellow in Berlin.
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Attorney-at-Law, New York, 1997
JD, University of Virginia, 1996
MA, (German Literature), University of Virginia, 1994
BA, (German/Journalism), Southern Illinois University, 1990