Areas of Practice include:
Mergers & Acquisitions
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James H. Nicoll joined Mackenzie Hughes in 2014 and is a partner in the
firm's Business Department. James represents public companies, private
companies, private investment funds and investment banks in a wide spectrum
of matters, including mergers & acquisitions, capital markets, commercial
lending, commercial contracts, ongoing securities law compliance and corporate
governance. His mergers and acquisitions experience includes representing
clients in domestic and cross-border mergers, stock sales, asset sales
and joint ventures, and representing investment banks in connection with
the delivery of fairness opinions. James' capital markets experience includes
representing issuers, placement agents and underwriters in public and
private debt and equity offerings, tender offers, exchange offers, PIPEs,
at-the-market offerings and registered direct offerings. James frequently
represents lenders and borrowers in connection with commercial finance
transactions, including asset-backed and cash flow financings. His commercial
contracts experience includes, among other things, representing clients
with respect to distribution, supply, and franchise agreement matters.
James regularly counsels clients with respect to SEC filings and Dodd-Frank
Act compliance. He also represents a number of technology start-up companies
in Central New York and beyond.
Prior to joining Mackenzie Hughes, James spent 13 years practicing corporate
law in New York City, the last 10 of which at the law firm of Schulte
Roth & Zabel LLP.
James is the author of numerous articles concerning current trends and
developments in corporate and securities law. He is also a frequent speaker
at conferences and industry events relating to corporate and securities
His board memberships include the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse
University and the Museum of Science and Technology Foundation. He is
also an active member of the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network
and serves as a youth baseball and basketball coach.
James received his J.D. degree cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania
in 2001. He earned a B.S. degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from
Cornell University in 1998.
In his spare time, James enjoys fishing, snorkeling and skiing. He also
enjoys playing sports with his two sons.