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James Epstein

Lecturer in Law

James Epstein

James D. Epstein is a partner in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP practicing from its Philadelphia and New York City offices. He counsels clients with respect to the full spectrum of business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and other financing transactions, corporate carve-outs, joint ventures, restructurings and reorganizations. He has a particular emphasis on representing private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, and is a seasoned leader of teams of lawyers and other professionals in cross-border transactions involving multiple foreign jurisdictions.


In addition to his role at Penn Law School, he has taught mergers and acquisitions for the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Program, and he has served as a panelist on several occasions at national conferences attended by attorneys in private practice, in-house counsel, corporate business development and M&A professionals, and private equity sponsors, including at the New York M&A/Private Equity forum, and conferences sponsored by American Lawyer Media (cross-border acquisitions), The Deal (middle market mergers and acquisitions), The Capital Roundtable (trends and techniques for investing in health care services companies), the Wharton Private Equity Conference (Leveraged Buy Out Strategies and Deal Structures) and the Financial Executive’s Institute (Going Private Transactions). Mr. Epstein is the co-author of “Considerations for Investing in Troubled Leveraged Buy Outs,” published by Business One Irwin in Workouts & Turnarounds, The Handbook of Restructuring and Investing in Distressed Companies, and has authored several articles, including an analysis of the Delaware Chancery Court opinion in Hexion v. Huntsman involving "MAC clauses," a perspective on “Fraud” in transactions involving private equity sponsors, and an analysis of the difference between contractual approaches used in US-based merger and acquisition transactions as compared to UK or European-based merger and acquisition transactions.


For more than a decade, Mr. Epstein has served as outside pro bono counsel for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.


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