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James C. Lee

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James Lee has extensive experience advising private equity funds, venture capital funds, private investment firms, high-net worth family offices, and their respective portfolio companies in a variety of domestic and cross border transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, growth equity investments, AIV structure transactions, recapitalizations, reorganizations, acquisitions and divestitures, and debt and equity security investments. Mr. Lee’s transaction experience is across a targeted spectrum of industries, including financial services/technology, health care, advertising technology, SaaS based services, manufacturing, Internet-based products and services, oil and gas supply-chain and services, and alloys and chemicals. In addition, Mr. Lee advises senior executives, senior advisors, boards of directors, and private equity funds on corporate governance matters, portfolio company operations and management, and executive compensation arrangements and separations. Mr. Lee also advises private equity funds in connection with fund formation, launch and management matters, and advises private investment funds in the formation, offering and management of special purpose investment vehicles, including pledge-capital arrangements.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Lee was a partner in the private equity group of another international law firm. .


  • 40 under 40 Emerging Leader Award, M&A Advisor Award, 2018
  • 17th Annual M&A Advisor Awards Finalist - Acquisition of Cooper Turner by The Watermill Group
  • 2018 M&A Advisor Award - Industrial Deal of the Year - Cooper & Turner
  • 2017 M&A Advisor Award - Industrial Deal of the Year - Experi-Metal, Inc.
  • 2016 M&A Advisor Award - Legal Advisor of the Year Nomination
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2015 Legal 500 United States and recognized as “New York’s James Lee is exceptionally hard working, responsive and knowledgeable.”

Professional/Civic Activities

  • New York Bar Association