James manages NXT Capital’s day-to-day legal operations, advising the executive management team and other business leaders on legal affairs and corporate transactions.
James has over 20 years of legal experience in corporate, M&A, venture capital, corporate finance, securities and litigation matters. Before joining NXT Capital, he served as the Chief Legal Officer for Velocity Financial Group, where he was responsible for all legal affairs and documentation for financings. Previously, James was a partner in the corporate and securities practice group at the law firm Shefsky & Froelich. Prior to joining Shefsky & Froelich, James was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher& Flom, and Jenner & Block. During this time, James advised clients on a variety of complex business matters in numerous transactions, such as stock and asset acquisitions and dispositions, tender offers and other stock repurchases, IPOs, exchange offers and shelf registrations, joint ventures and other strategic alliances, start-up formation and financing, and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. He also has counseled issuers and investment banking firms in public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities.
James earned a B.S. in finance, summa cum laude, from Arizona State University, an M.B.A., highest honors, and a J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Illinois.