James E. Dorsey

Partner

Fax: 404.873.8609
Atlanta
171 17th Street NW
Suite 2100
Atlanta, Georgia 30363

Biography

Jim is a partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions practice. He has more than 40 years’ experience practicing law and is the firm’s Financial Partner, a position he has held for more than 30 years.

Jim focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, partnerships and joint ventures, private equity and venture capital, securitization of receivables and representation of borrowers in loan transactions.

Jim is a manager of Alterman Properties LLC, a publicly owned real estate limited liability company, a director of Femasys, Inc., an early stage medical products company and a manager of Pyrolysis Tech LLC, an early state company engaged in the business of converting biomass into biochar, activated carbon, other carbons, oil and gas. Jim’s assistance is sought out in connection with structuring, analyzing and documenting complex acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate financial structures. He is a Vietnam veteran having served on active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1962 to 1965 and retired as a Commander in the Navy Reserve in 1983.

Experience

  • Represented the lead investor in a $30 million Series B round investment in an early stage medical products company.

  • Represented the lead investor in both a $10 million Series B round and $10 million Series C round investment in an early stage medical products company.

  • Represented the lead investor and controlling equity holder in three tranches of a $15 million plus equity investment in a software company which, during our representation, has required changes of senior management. Just prior to the software company’s failure, represented the lead investor in forming a new limited liability company and offering the shareholders of the failing software company who had preemptive rights the right to invest in the $8.5 million financing of the new limited liability company that acquired certain asset of the failing software company.  Represented the major investor in a subsequent $3 million round of financing, the removal of the president of the limited liability company and a restructuring of the limited liability company.

  • Represented a state pension fund in numerous private equity investments where the client’s investment was generally from $100 million to $1 billion.

  • Over a 10 year period represented a major international real estate company in the purchase, sale and financing of real estate with a total transaction value of $8 to 10 billion. Representation included formation, operation and dissolution of joint ventures with regional and super regional shopping center, retail and industrial property owners, and the purchase, financing and sale of office building and industrial properties. The transaction size ranged from approximately $20 million to approximately $325 million, the securitized debt secured by jointly owned shopping center ranged from $70 million to approximately $200 million and conventional bank debt transactions were at various amounts up to $1.6 billion.

  • Represented an investor in restructuring a $50 million loan and ownership structure relating to an offshore resort hotel. The representation was complicated by the refusal by some of the investors to participate in additional equity financing for the project and a contentious relationship with the hotel operator.

  • Represented a financial services entity in connection with its $525 million sale to international financial institution.

  • Represented a private investor in connection with an investment in and the subsequent $236 million sale of a medical products company to a public company. Even though our client did not control management of the company, it did have a veto over a sale. As a result of this veto, and our client’s experience in negotiating transactions, our firm played a major role in negotiating and documenting the sale.

  • Represented a joint venture of three international and one U.S. real estate company in acquiring a major real estate advisor, reviewing ongoing co-investments by the real estate advisor on behalf of the joint venture and then represented the joint venture in selling the real estate advisor and its related co-investments for approximately $560 million.

  • Representing Lenbrook Square Foundation Inc., a premiere nonprofit continuing care retirement center in Atlanta, since its conception in 1980 until the present. In 2006, Lenbrook issued $172,775,000 of tax exempt bonds, the proceeds of which were used to expand Lenbrook’s campus.

Credentials

  • University of Virginia School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Science - Civil Engineering
  • State of Georgia 1968
    • Wildercliff Homeowners Association, Director
    • Civil War Roundtable

Recognition

  • Georgia Super Lawyers (Mergers and Acquisitions), 2004–06, 2013

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