James Black is of counsel in Morrison & Foerster’s Business Restructuring & Insolvency Group and advises on a wide range of financial markets transactions.
In addition, Mr. Black has extensive experience advising European companies—mainly those from Germany and Austria—on U.S. legal matters, particularly capital markets and M&A transactions, as well as corporate and compliance advisory work. He has led numerous major cross-border transactions, including initial public offerings of shares by European issuers and complex M&A deals, primarily in the energy and telecommunications sectors.
Mr. Black is active in several professional organizations, including as a member of the M&A committee of the ABA Business Law Section, several ABA working groups focusing on M&A-related issues, the American Constitution Society, the German American Lawyers’ Association (DAJV), the German American Chamber of Commerce, and the Washington Foreign Law Society. He provides pro bono legal advice to the American Academy in Berlin and is a regular speaker and author on a variety of U.S. legal topics. Mr. Black speaks fluent German and regularly advises clients, publishes articles, and engages in public speaking in the German language.
Mr. Black has been recognized for his excellence in the areas of capital markets and M&A by Chambers Global. Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Black was a corporate partner in the international practice of another global firm.
Mr. Black earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, and his master’s degree in German literature from the University of Virginia Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. He was a recipient of the Robert Bosch Fellowship in 1996, during which he worked at the German Federal Ministry of Finance in Berlin, as well as a Fulbright/DAAD scholarship and a Rotary International scholarship. Mr. Black graduated cum laude with honors from Southern Illinois University, where he studied German and journalism.
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