CIE Advisory Board Profile
James C. Chapman
Foley & Lardner, LLP
James C. Chapman is a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP where he focuses on securities law, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, and international business transactions. Mr. Chapman has more than 20 years experience in corporate and securities law and has been involved in over 200 mergers, acquisitions, and financing transactions. These transactions have included public offerings, private placements, debt financings, venture capital transactions, stock sales, asset sales, mergers, reorganizations, and recapitalizations. He is a member of the firm's Private Equity & Venture Capital Practice and the Emerging Technologies Industry Team.
Mr. Chapman also has a significant background in international transactions, particularly dealing with China and Chinese-related companies. These transactions include both assisting Chinese companies invest and raise capital in the U.S. and helping U.S. firms make investments and operate in China. From the media industry to the pharmaceutical industry, Mr. Chapman has been engaged in working with clients on numerous China-U.S. transactions and matters.
Prior to joining Foley, Mr. Chapman established the Nixon Peabody LLP Silicon Valley office and served as its managing partner for two and a half years. He also had a major role in the development of Nixon Peabody's China practice.
His recent engagements include:
- Represented Ananias World Fund in connection with the formation of a multi-billion dollar credit and collateral enhancement fund
- Represented the Band of Angels in connection with the formation of its seed investment fund
- Represented Sierra Asia Partners, a China focused investment bank, in connection with its world-wide reorganization
- Represented Oryx Advanced Materials in connection with the termination of its joint venture in China
- Represented China-based Senodia Technologies in connection with its bridge financing
- Represented Bellatore LLC in connection with the acquisition of the financial management business of Nationwide Insurance
- Represented Ferrari North America in connection with the sale of its California dealership
- Represented Zippi Networks in connection with an $11 million equity line of credit with Palm Valley Capital
- Represented Bellatore, Inc., in connection with its $11 million Series A financing
- Represented a developer of distributed energy monitoring software in connection with its $3 million bridge financing
- Represented Singapore telecommunications company, as co-counsel with King & Wood, in a Chinese joint-venture
- Represented Business Finance Capital Corporation in connection with its merger with First Community Bank
- Represented Austin Glen Core LLC in connection with its formation and structure of its real estate acquisition fund
- Represented TAS Commerce Fund I in connection with its formation and structure of its Asia investment fund
- Represented Northwest Fund I in connection with the sale of membership units
Mr. Chapman was named to the Northern California Super Lawyers list for his securities & corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions and business/corporate work (2004-2008). He also was recognized as one of "Silicon Valley's Top Attorneys" by San Jose Magazine (2003-2007).
Mr. Chapman earned both his law degree (J.D.) and his master's degree (M.B.A.) from Santa Clara University. He is a graduate of Catholic University of America (B.A.).
Mr. Chapman is admitted to practice in California.
His recent articles and publications include:
- "Intellectual Property Protection in China- Building the Proper Foundation," Nixon Peabody LLP, May 2009
- "M&A in China – Ten Strategies For Successful Cross-Border Transactions," Asian Counsel, September 2008
- "The Road to China: Ten Key Lessons for doing Business in China," The Licensing Journal, Vol.28, No. 7
- "In the Eye of a Hurricane - Duties of Directors in a Turbulent Environment," Software Developer's Forum Newsletter, August 2008
- "China IPOs—The Era of Transition," Asian Counsel, May 2008
- "Trends in Mergers & Acquisitions," Band of Angels Newsletter, March 2008
- "The Road to China: Ten Key Lessons on Doing Business in China," Nixon Peabody LLP, March 2008
- "Traps for the Unwary: The Application of the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in China," Nixon Peabody LLP, March 2008
- "Trends in IPOs," Corporate Counselor, September 2007
- "Trends in IPOs," Band of Angels Newsletter, September 2007
- "Private Equity in China," Nixon Peabody Private Equity Alert, July 2007
- "Entering China: Legal Recommendations for Ensuring Success in a Foreign Market," San Jose Magazine, Vol. 9, Issue 10, October 2006
- "Mergers and Acquisitions: Integration, the Key to Success," Bay Area Lawyer, Vol. 2, Issue 4, July 2006
- "Entrepreneurialism 101: Five Key Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs," Bay Area Lawyer, Vol. 2, Issue 3, May 2006
- "Life and Death on the Corporate Battlefield: Advice to Management Employees Departing to Form New Companies," Bay Area Lawyer, Vol. 2, Issue 2, March 2006
- "Don't Turn a Dream Into a Nightmare: The Five Most Common Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make When Selling Their Businesses," Bay Area Lawyer, Vol. 2, Issue 2, March 2006
- "Minding Your Client's Business: Becoming an Indispensable Resource— Five Tips on Delivering for Business Clients," Bay Area Lawyer, Vol. 2, Issue 1, January 2006