Bingham

Bingham

James C. Chapman

Partner

James C. Chapman focuses his practice on securities law, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, and international business transactions. He has more than 25 years experience in corporate and securities law and has been involved in over 250 mergers, acquisitions and financing transactions. These transactions have included public offerings, private placements, debt financings, venture capital transactions, stock sales, asset sales, mergers, reorganizations and recapitalizations.

James also has a significant background in international transactions, particularly dealing with China and Chinese-related companies. These transactions include both assisting Chinese companies invest and raise capital in the U.S. and helping U.S. firms make investments and operate in China. From the media industry to the pharmaceutical industry, he has been engaged in working with clients on numerous China-U.S. transactions and matters.

Experience

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Represented medical device manufacturer in connection with the sale of the company
  • Represented PC Board specialty manufacturer in connection with the sale of the company
  • Represented advertising agency in connection with the acquisition of three companies
  • Represented investment banker in connection with the $750 million sale of a medical device company
  • Represented Pigeon Point, Inc. in connection with its sale to Actel
  • Represented Wrapsidy LLC in connection with the sale of the company to SQAD, Inc.
  • Represented Bellatore, LLC in connection with the acquisition of Capital Asset Management, Advisory Partners and the financial advisory division of Nationwide Insurance
  • Represented Business Finance Capital Corporation in connection with its merger with First Community Bank

Venture Financings

  • Represented the Band of Angels in connection with four of its investment transactions in 2011 and five of its investment in 2012
  • Represented iCharts, Inc. in connection with its seed and Series A Preferred Financings
  • Represented Senodia Technologies, Inc. in connection with its Series B Preferred Financing
  • Represented Scent Sciences Corporation in connection with its Series A Preferred Financing
  • Represented FiveRun, Inc. in connection with its seed financing
  • Represented Zippi Networks in connection with an $11 million equity line of credit with Palm Valley Capital
  • Represented Bellatore, Inc., in connection with its $11 million Series A financing
  • Represented Fat Spaniel Technologies, Inc., in connection with its Series A Preferred and bridge financings

Fund Formation

  • Represented Menlo Asset Backed Partners II in connection with its investment fund formation
  • Represented China Start-up Republic in connection with its investment fund formation
  • Represented the Band of Angels Acorn Fund I in connection with its investment fund formation
  • Represented Menlo Equities and its investment funds in connection with Dodd-Frank Act compliance
  • Represented Austin Glen Core LLC in connection with its formation and structure of its real estate acquisition fund
  • Represented TAS Commerce Fund I in connection with its formation and structure of its Asia investment fund
  • Represented Northwest Fund I in connection with the sale of Series C membership units
  • Represented Northwest Fund I in connection with the sale of Series A and B membership units

China

  • Represented large multibillion-dollar U.S. semiconductor company in connection with its China transactions
  • Represented large U.S. technology company in connection with the sale of a patent portfolio for mobile chipsets to Chinese company
  • Represented large U.S. technology company in connection with the license of certain semiconductor patents to a Chinese company.
  • Represented U.S. Fortune 50 company in connection with investment in and technology transfer to company in China
  • Represented Chinese incubator in connection with its legal matters in China
  • Represented life science SAAS company in connection with the license and distribution of its services in China
  • Represented clean technology company in connection with a joint venture and license of technology to Chinese partner
  • Represented U.S. pharma company in connection with research and development agreement with Chinese company
  • Represented U.S. medical products manufacturer in connection with its joint venture in China
  • Represented Sierra Asia Partners in connection with the reorganization of its U.S. and China operations
  • Represented SST Communications (Singapore),as co-counsel with King & Wood, in a joint-venture
  • Represented Tiens BioTech Group, USA, in its merger with Tianshi International Holdings Group of China
  • Represented China Agritech (PRC), along with co-counsel King & Wood in PRC, in its U.S. public offering

Events

  • Speaker, Crisis Management in China: What American Executives Need to Know, Bingham Seminar, Palo Alto, Calif. (July 2014)
  • Panelist, International Expansion: What Every Startup Needs to Know, German American Business Association, San Francisco (June 2014)
  • Speaker, U.S. Presentation on Topic of Entrepreneurship, U.S.-China Legal Exchange, Orange County, Calif. (December 2013)
  • Speaker, Legal Aspects of Mergers and Acquisitions in China, Bloomberg CITE Conference, San Francisco (March 2013)
  • Moderator, The Midnight Challenge — What Keeps CEOs Awake, ACG Silicon Valley (March 2013)

Publications

  • Co-author, “The Entrepreneurs Guide to Forming a High Technology Company - What Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Intellectual Property,” The Computer and Internet Lawyer (February 2013)
  • “Trade Secret Protection in China: A Perspective from China and Hong Kong,” Association of Corporate Counsel (January 2013)
  • “Mergers and Acquisitions - What Every CEO Should Know,” ExecuSense (October 2012)
  • “Joint Ventures in China: What Every CEO Should Know,” Law360 (June 20, 2012)
  • “Joint Ventures in China: What Every CEO Should Know,” Association of Corporate Counsel, Lexology (June 6, 2012)
  • “Eight Trends in Venture Capital 2012,” Law360 (June 4, 2012)
  • Co-author, “Cleantech Patents and Investment: What to Expect in 2012,” Law360 (Feb. 29, 2012)
  • Co-author, “Clean Technology Innovation in China,” Eye on China - Foley China Quarterly Newsletter (February 2012)
  • Co-author, “Clean Technology Innovation in China,” Top Capital Magazine (October 2011)
  • “Cleantech Revolution Continues,” Daily Journal (Dec. 23, 2011)
  • “Clean-tech Investment: What Every Entrepreneur Should Know,” Daily Journal (Dec. 14, 2011)
  • “Company For Sale: Five Common Mistakes to Avoid,” Daily Journal (Nov. 10, 2011)
  • Co-author, “Mergers and Acquisitions in China Part II: Anatomy of a Deal in the Middle Kingdom,” Corporate Finance Review (November-December 2011)
  • “Tumultuous Times: Trends in Venture Capital,” Daily Journal (Oct. 14, 2011)
  • Co-author, “Mergers and Acquisitions in China Part I: Anatomy of Deal in the Middle Kingdom,” Corporate Finance Review (September-October 2011)
  • “Brave New World: Technology Transfer to China,” The Licensing Journal, Vol. 31, No. 7 (August 2011)
  • “JIAO PENGYOU - A Guide for Successful Business Relationships in China,” AMA’s Leader’s Edge (March 2011)
  • Co-author, “Mergers and Acquisitions in China: Current Trends and Challenges in the Middle Kingdom,” The Association for Corporate Growth (January 2011)
  • “Intellectual Property Protection in China - Building the Proper Foundation,” Nixon Peabody LLP (May 2009)
  • “M&A In China - Ten Strategies for Successful Cross-Border Transactions,” Asian Counsel (September 2008)
  • “The Road to China: Ten Key Lessons for Doing Business in China,” The Licensing Journal, Vol. 28, No. 7 (August 2008)
  • “In the Eye of a Hurricane - Duties of Directors in a Turbulent Environment,” Software Developer’s Forum Newsletter (August 2008)
  • “China IPOs - The Era of Transition,” Asian Counsel (May 2008)
  • “Trends in Mergers & Acquisitions,” Band of Angels Newsletter (March 2008)
  • “The Road to China: Ten Key Lessons on Doing Business in China,” Nixon Peabody LLP (March 2008)
  • “Traps for the Unwary: The Application of the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in China,” Nixon Peabody LLP (March 2008)
  • “Trends in IPOs,” Corporate Counselor (September 2007)
  • “Trends in IPOs,” Band of Angels Newsletter (September 2007)
  • “Private Equity in China,” Nixon Peabody Private Equity Alert (July 2007)
  • “Entering China: Legal Recommendations for Ensuring Success in a Foreign Market,” San Jose Magazine, Vol. 2, Issue 4 (October 2006)
  • “Mergers & Acquisitions: Integration, the Key to Success,” Bay Area Lawyer, Vol. 2, Issue 4 (July 2006)
  • “Entrepreneurialism 101: Five Key Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs,” Bay Area Lawyer, Vol. 2, Issue 3 (May 2006)
  • “Life and Death on the Corporate Battlefield: Advice to Management Employees Departing to Form New Companies,” Bay Area Lawyer, Vol. 2, Issue 2 (March 2006)
  • “Don’t Turn a Dream Into a Nightmare: The Five Most Common Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make When Selling Their Businesses,” Bay Area Lawyer, Vol. 2, Issue 2 (March 2006)
  • “Minding Your Client’s Business: Becoming an Indispensable Resource - Five Tips for Delivering for Business Clients,” Bay Area Lawyer, Vol. 2, Issue 1 (January 2006)

Awards & Honors

  • Rated BV® Distinguished™, Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System
  • Legal 500, Mergers & Acquisitions (2010)
  • Top 25 Clean Tech Lawyers in California, Daily Journal (2011)
  • Northern California Super Lawyers® (2004–2008, 2012)
  • Silicon Valley’s Top Attorneys, San Jose Magazine (2003–2007)

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