James D’Esposito is an experienced business attorney. For more than 30 years, Jim has helped clients with all aspects of organizing, operating, buying and selling, and dissolving businesses. His clients have ranged from publicly-traded companies, investment banking firms, and hedge, private equity, and other investment funds to start-ups and other small businesses, non-profit organizations, and select individuals.
Jim runs a flexible organization that expands with his clients’ needs and keeps overhead and billing rates reasonable. He maintains a network of experienced attorneys who practice in complementary areas of law, including intellectual property, tax, trusts and estates, commercial real estate, immigration, and litigation, as well as fellow corporate and securities attorneys, so that he can help his clients with all their business needs.
Jim worked for 7 years in a preeminent group that practiced at Kaye Scholer LLP, a renowned international law firm, structuring and documenting billions of dollars of public and private real estate investment funds. He then spent the next 12 years as a partner in two boutique law firms, helping clients work out troubled real estate projects, organize and expand new businesses, and raise capital in public and private securities offerings. After that, Jim served for 5 years as General Counsel of a public real estate partnership with more than $100 million dollars of assets, helping restructure the partnership, comply with its reporting obligations, and sell all of its assets, dissolve, and wind up its affairs. Jim’s diverse experience enables him to provide effective solutions tailored to his clients’ needs.
Jim earned an A.B. degree from Duke University and a J.D. degree from St. John’s University School of Law. He is a member of the New York City Bar and American Bar Associations. Jim is a member of a number of committees of the ABA Business Law Section and is particularly active in the LLCs, Partnerships, and Other Unincorporated Entities Committee. He also is Co-Chair, Organizational Phase, of the ABA Contractual Governance of Business Entities Task Force, which is drafting a guide for business owners and the attorneys who advise them.
How I Can Help
Jim helps companies in all stages – starting a business, conducting day-to-day operations, expanding the business, restructuring a struggling business, buying or selling a business or transferring it to family members or employees, and winding up and liquidating a business. He has helped companies in diverse fields including, among many others, real estate, technology, hedge funds, private equity funds, and other investment funds, securities firms, retailers, and professional practices. Jim also represents non-profit organizations as well as sole proprietorships and virtually any form of for-profit entity, including LLCs, corporations, limited and general partnerships and joint ventures, benefit corporations, and business trusts.
Whether you’re an experienced business owner or starting a business for the first time, Jim can help you get up and running and primed for success. He can help you with:
Jim can help you run your business in an efficient manner, including:
Businesses can expand organically or with financing and Jim can help you in either circumstance:
Workout or Restructuring
If your business is struggling, Jim can help you renegotiate business obligations to give you a chance to turn things around:
Acquisitions and Successions
Buying or selling a business, however structured, is a serious undertaking and Jim can help you close the deal and protect your interests:
Jim can help when it’s time to dissolve and wind up your business:
Type of Business
Jim has helped companies in a vast array of industries and professions. Jim also represents non-profit organizations as well as sole proprietorships and virtually any form of for-profit entity, including LLCs, corporations, limited and general partnerships and joint ventures, benefit corporations, and business trusts. Specialized businesses helped by Jim include:
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