James C.H. Lee

James C.H. Lee

Partner
James C.H. Lee

James Lee is a partner in Goodwin’s Private Equity Group. Mr. 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, healthcare, 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.

Experience

Mr. Lee’s experience representing private equity funds, venture capital funds and their respective portfolio includes representing:

Representative Matters

Buyouts
  • The sale of Superior Tube Company, Inc. and Fine Tubes Limited to Ametek.
  • The sale of Talent Partners to Extreme Reach
  • The Carlyle Group in connection with its acquisition of Talent Partners and its affiliated companies, a talent payroll, production support services and rights management solutions provider to the advertising industry.
  • Insight Venture Partners in connection with its cross border acquisition of Anaqua Inc. and its affiliated companies, a leading provider of intellectual asset management (IAM) services and SaaS software.
  • Insight Venture Partners in connection with the sale of trivago GmbH to Expedia (NASDAQ: EXPE), a leading online travel website based in Germany.
  • The Watermill Group in connection with its cross-border acquisition of Superior Tube Company Inc. and Fine Tubes Limited, manufacturers of specialized metal and alloy tubing products.
  • The Watermill Group in connection with its acquisition of Tenere Inc., a full-service fabricator of complex metal and plastic components and assemblies for use in the network communications, enterprise software, agriculture, medical and aerospace industries.
  • The Watermill Group in connection with its acquisition of The Plastics Group, Inc., a leading plastics engineering and manufacturing company.
  • Level Equity Management in connection with its acquisition of SiteHawk LLC, a leading innovator in chemical data management and compliance solutions and product sustainability initiatives.
  • Level Equity Management in connection with the sale of Longboard Media Inc. to Bazaarvoice, Inc.
  • Cerberus Capital Management in connection with its cross border sale of Chrysler LLC to Fiat S.p.A.
  • Marlin Equity Partners in connection with its acquisition of Burroughs Payment Systems Inc. from Unisys Corporation.
  • Cerberus Capital Management in connection with its acquisition of Chrysler LLC and Chrysler Financial LLC.
  • DFW Capital Partners in connection with its sale of GSDM Holdings, a consortium of leading dental practices, to Sentinel Capital Partners.
Growth Equity Investments
  • Insight Venture Partners in connection with its investment in Ensighten, Inc., a leader in enterprise data and tag management.
  • Insight Venture Partners in connection with its investment in Tintri, a producer of storage for virtualization and cloud environments.
  • Insight Venture Partners in connection with its investment in Xamarin, a provider of mobile software development tools that help developers build and test native mobile apps.
  • Level Equity Management in connection with its investment in Fusion Risk Management, Inc., a provider of business continuity and risk management solutions.
  • Level Equity Management in connection with its investment in Radiate Media, Inc. a provider of hyper-local content, traffic information, advertising and interactive marketplace solutions to media partners and businesses nationwide.
  • Level Equity Management in connection with its investment in Riskonnect, Inc. a provider of an enterprise-class technology platform for the risk management industry.
  • Bain Capital Ventures in connection with its investment in Novus, a business intelligence platform for allocators and managers of hedge fund capital.
Recapitalization; Restructure Transactions
  • PennantPark in connection with the recapitalization and restructuring of Superior Digital Displays LLC, a leading digital media company.
  • BlackRock Kelso Capital Advisors in connection with the recapitalization and restructuring of Virtual Radiologic Corporation, a global telemedicine company and one of the largest radiology practices.
Professional Activities

Mr. Lee is a member of the New York Bar Association.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Lee was an associate at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP in its M&A and Private Equity practice.

Recognition

While attending law school, Mr. Lee was a member of the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal.

Mr. Lee has been 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.”

Credentials

Education

J.D., 2004
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

(cum laude, Order of the Coif)

B.A., 2001
Binghamton University

Admissions

Bar

New York
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