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James S. Bruce

Partner
+1.843.579.5622
Fax +1.843.579.5601
Jamie Bruce represents clients in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other business transactions. He advises Fortune 500 companies as well as middle-market and emerging growth companies in a broad range of industries, including aerospace, paper and packaging, technology, distribution, resort, hospitality and leisure, retail, transportation and logistics, healthcare and media. Mr. Bruce also represents private equity sponsors, corporate strategic investors and distressed company investors.

Mr. Bruce regularly advises clients in the following areas:

  • Stock and asset acquisitions and dispositions, mergers and other similar transactions for both public and private companies;

  • Negotiated joint ventures and strategic alliances;

  • Distressed debt acquisitions and dispositions;

  • Structuring and documenting resort communities, including joint venture agreements, development agreements, amenity treaties, hotel agreements, and golf agreements;

  • Corporate recapitalizations, reorganizations and restructurings;

  • Private equity and venture capital financings; and

  • General corporate and commercial matters, including contract negotiation and the formation and capitalization of corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Bruce practiced corporate and M&A law with firms in Atlanta and Charleston.

Achievements

  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers in Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2011 – 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law, 2013 – 2019
  • Recognized for superior client service in the 2015 BTI Client Services All-Stars report
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, 2013 – 2018
  • Atlanta Magazine’s “Rising Stars” in the legal profession, 2005

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Leadership Charleston, Class of 2008
  • Charleston County Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • “Letters of Intent in Mergers & Acquisitions: Practical Tips for Negotiating (and Preparing),” Teleconference sponsored by National Business Institute (NBI) and West Legal Network, August 7, 2018
  • “Buying and Selling a Business: Start-to-Finish – Pre-Closing, Closing and Post-Closing Considerations and Checklists,” Seminar sponsored by National Business Institute (NBI), February 9, 2018
  • “Buying and Selling a Business: Start-to-Finish – Letters of Intent / Term Sheets: Structuring, Drafting and Negotiating,” Seminar sponsored by National Business Institute (NBI), February 9, 2018
  • “Handling the Sale of a Business – Traditional and Alternative Financing Options,” Seminar sponsored by National Business Institute (NBI), February 7, 2017
  • “Understanding and Managing Risk in Cross-Border M&A Transactions,” Presentation to Association of Corporate Counsel, February 25, 2015
  • Represented a publicly traded aerospace company in connection with acquisition of a German bearings manufacturer
  • Represented a publicly traded paper and packaging company in connection with the $730 million carve-out divestiture of its building products business
  • Represented a private equity sponsor in connection with the formation of a multi-family real estate fund and related acquisitions
  • Represented a South Korean chemical and fiber materials company in connection with the formation of a joint venture in the United States
  • Represented a publicly traded industrial distribution company in connection with the acquisition of a distributor of fluid power products
  • Represented a publicly traded aerospace company in connection with the acquisition of an aftermarket supplier to the commercial aerospace MRO sector
  • Represented a publicly traded international apparel design, sourcing and marketing company in the acquisition of a portfolio of stores
  • Represented a provider of youth sports camps and training programs in its sale to a global provider of sports technology
  • Represented a publicly traded industrial distribution company in connection with the acquisition of multiple distributors
  • Represented a publicly traded paper and packaging company in connection with the cross border sale of a specialty packaging business involving operations in ten countries
  • Represented a private equity sponsor in connection with the acquisition of distressed debt secured by resort assets
  • Represented a global information technology company in connection with the formation of a $600 million joint venture for the delivery of outsourcing services
  • Represented multiple venture capital firms in connection with preferred stock investments
  • Represented a resort development company in connection with its development of a resort in St. Kitts, including the negotiation of its joint venture agreement, negotiation of a development agreement with the government of St. Kitts, and other corporate and real estate matters
  • Represented a retailer in connection with its $622 million acquisition of two department store chains
  • Represented a publicly traded transportation and logistics company in the sale of its aviation technology subsidiary
  • Represented a real estate development company in connection with the sale of its interest in a technology and interactive entertainment business
  • Represented a publicly traded beverage company in connection with the formation of a joint venture and other matters
  • Represented a hospitality company in the acquisition of a resort in South Carolina
  • Represented a real estate development company in connection with the formation of several joint ventures with respect to new real estate developments
  • Represented global provider of biological products and technologies in the $205 million acquisition of a privately-held bio-tech company
  • Counseled an association in connection with general corporate matters including a review of D&O indemnification and insurance matters
  • Represented a healthcare company in connection with the acquisition of a hospital in Georgia
  • Represented a publicly traded transportation and logistics company in connection with its acquisition of an international mail service provider
  • Represented a publicly traded medical products company in connection with its $100 million merger with a publicly traded medical oncology device manufacturer
  • Represented a publicly traded global payment solutions company in connection with its acquisition of a provider of prepaid card solutions
  • Represented an energy services company in a series of roll-up acquisitions of HVAC service and fabrication businesses
  • Represented a publicly traded medical device company in connection with a $60 million strategic investment
  • Represented a REIT in connection with the sale of a resort in Florida
  • Represented a pharmaceutical company in connection with a license and development agreement with a medical technology company
  • Represented the founders of a graphic printing company in connection with the negotiation of organization and investment documents
  • Represented a pharmaceutical services company in connection with the acquisition of a specialty pharmaceutical distribution business