James Morgan focuses his practice on commercial financing transactions. He has extensive experience in a wide range of banking-related areas and has participated in all types of financing transactions including secured and unsecured commercial lending, project finance, tax exempt industrial development bond financing and asset-based lending.

    James has served as lender’s, agent’s and borrower’s counsel in numerous transactions, including syndicates involving domestic and international lenders, and acted as trustee’s counsel in commercial trust matters. He has documented and negotiated standby letters of credit and guarantees.

    In addition James has handled multicurrency transactions, loan participations, leveraged buyouts, bridge and permanent financing of tender offers for public companies, financings for private mergers and acquisitions, project finance transactions, synthetic lease financings, workouts, restructurings and post-petition bankruptcy financing.

    In the energy sector, James has represented sponsors and borrowers in financing the development, acquisition, construction and operation of numerous electricity generating facilities including wind, hydro and fossil fuel powered projects. Such financings have included recourse and nonrecourse project financings of portfolios of generating facilities as well as single projects.

    James has been involved in organizing and activating the Florida Development Finance Corp., a quasi-governmental agency created by the Florida Legislature in 1993.

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    • Representing the borrower in a ¥26.5 billion term loan facility syndicated among Japanese regional banks.
    • Representing the borrower and parent guarantor in connection with a CDN$165 million term loan facility.
    • Representing the borrowers in a US$4 billion revolving credit facility and a US$2.5 billion revolving credit facility.
    • Representing the sponsor and borrower in a US$700 million term loan and letter of credit project financing deal for two wind facilities aggregating 606.5 MW of capacity.
    • Representing the sponsor and borrower in a US$206 million project financing deal for two wind facilities aggregating 196.5 MW of capacity.
    • Serving as sponsor’s and project’s counsel in connection with a US$400 million construction term facility to finance a 668 MW simple-cycle combustion electric generation facility and 774 MW combined-cycle generation facility. The project was named North American Power Portfolio Deal of the Year by Project Finance magazine.
    • Acting as issuer’s counsel in a US$435 million 144A bond financing of a 708 MW gas-fired combined cycle power electric generation facility and 171 MW gas-fired single-cycle power generation facility.
    • Representing the lessee and sponsor in a US$425 million synthetic lease financing of a 500 MW electric generating facility.
    • Representing the agent and lead lender in US$40 million secured financing of a waste recycling system manufacturer.
    • Representing the sponsor and borrower in a US$126 million syndicated bank financing of a 300 MW wind-powered electric generation facility.

    Education

    • Nova Southeastern University, J.D., Member, Nova Law Review, 1983
    • Vanderbilt University, B.A., 1980

    Admissions

    • Florida, 1983

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Member, The Florida Bar
    • Member, Dade County Bar Association
    • Recipient, Up & Comers Award, Legal Category, South Florida Business Journal
    • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America since 2006
    • Included in Florida Super Lawyers, published by Thomson Reuters, a distinction recognizing the top 5 percent of lawyers in the state

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