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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 paper and packaging, aerospace, technology, distribution, resort, hospitality and leisure, retail, transportation and logistics, healthcare and media. Mr. Bruce also represents private equity firms, 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 worked for firms in Atlanta and Charleston.

Achievements

  • Recognized for superior client service in the 2015 BTI Client Services All-Stars report
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers in Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2011 – 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law, 2013 – 2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
  • Atlanta Magazine’s “Rising Stars” in the legal profession, 2005

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Leadership Charleston, Class of 2008
  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • Urban Land Institute, Member
  • Represented a publicly traded paper and packaging company in connection with a $730 million carve-out divestiture of its building products business

  • Represented a publicly traded aerospace and industrial distribution company in connection with the acquisition of a distributor

  • 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 firm 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