James Barresi leads Squire Patton Boggs’ global Financial Services Practice. His practice is focused on corporate finance, mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, complex investments and related regulatory issues. Representative clients include commercial, investment and merchant banks, specialty finance companies, private equity and debt funds and other alternative investors. Jim also advises corporations in cross-border financing and strategic transactions.

    Immediately prior to joining the firm, Jim served as Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of one of the largest and most acquisitive bank holding companies in the US.

    Jim has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America each year since 2007 and was recently named an Acritas Star in the inaugural global ratings published by Acritas, an independent research and ratings firm that serves corporate legal departments.

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    • Counseling numerous financial institutions, private equity funds and other business enterprises in scores of public and private mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and consortium transactions, including in traditional and distressed circumstances.
    • Advising several financial institutions, corporations and underwriters in raising more than US$70 billion in capital and liquidity, in total, since the beginning of the financial crisis in 2008, including in public offerings and private placements of virtually all forms of equity, debt and hybrid securities.
    • Representing (i) a high-yield fund in structured investments in financial assets; (ii) alternative capital sources in structured investments in financial institutions; (iii) institutional investors in investments in multiple forms of traditional and convertible securities; and (iv) funds and financial institutions in acquiring loan portfolios and other distressed assets.
    • Advising the US Department of Treasury in establishing and implementing several major programs during the financial crisis for the purpose of recapitalizing financial institutions and transferring troubled financial assets (e.g., TARP, HAMP, Hardest Hit Fund).


    • Wake Forest University, J.D., 1991
    • Alma College, B.A., 1988


    • Ohio, 1991


    • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of Ohio

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