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James S. Altenbach focuses his practice on corporate matters. He has developed particular experience in the media industry, handling many of the nation's television and radio acquisitions, sales, and roll-ups. Jim has guided technology clients through their start-up, venture capital transactions, mergers, acquisitions and initial public offerings. He has represented clients in the purchase or sale of over 300 television and radio stations in transactions over the last several years, and has also represented clients in the purchase and sale of numerous digital advertising agencies. Jim also represents several private equity funds in their media-related investments and has represented lenders in their media-related transactions. He works closely with clients and their investment bankers structuring creative acquisitions and financing vehicles for unique transactions. Jim is experienced in issues dealing with corporate governance, stockholder agreements, registration rights and related matters.


  • Corporate finance and securities
  • Corporate
  • Media and technology
  • Mergers, acquisitions and divestitures
  • Venture capital


Esperienze Professionali - Attività Accademiche

  • Represented Sinclair Broadcasting Corporation in its acquisition of 5 television stations from Cox Communications, Inc., 23 television stations from Barrington Broadcasting, Inc. and 8 television stations from Albritton Televisions, Inc.
  • Represented NRJ Ventures in its acquisition of 14 television stations.
  • Represented YMF Media, LLC in its sale of radio stations to LNL Broadcasting and to Emmis Broadcasting, Inc.
  • Represented SunTrust Bank in its syndicated loan to Spirit Music, Inc. to finance the acquisition of various music catalogues.
  • Represented Wheego Electric Cars, Inc. in its issuance of $40 million of Series A Preferred Stock.
  • Represented Legendary Pictures, LLC in its initial equity and debt financing, providing Legendary Pictures, LLC with $85 million of mezzanine debt and $152 million of equity.
  • Represented Kelso & Company and Endurance Business Media Holdings, LLC in its acquisition of Homes & Land Magazine.
  • Represented HowStuffWorks and HSW International in a Section 351 merger and asset contribution with Intac International, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed company. The transaction resulted in HSW International becoming a Nasdaq-listed company. In connection with the transaction, a private investment of up to $49 million was made into HSW International.
  • Represented Legendary Pictures in its $600 million financing with Dresdner Bank and restructuring of its mezzanine financing with Abry, Falcon Partners, DB Zwrin, Deutsche Bank, AIG and others.
  • Represented entrepreneur and rock star Sammy Hagar in his agreement to sell 80 percent interest in Cabo Wabo Tequila to Gruppo Campari for $80 million (U.S.).
  • Represented Kelso & Company and Ellis Communications Group, LLC in an $87.5 million credit facility from Deutsche Bank related to the financing of the acquisition of KDOC, an Orange County, CA television station.
  • Represented numerous buyers and sellers of television broadcasting properties, including Act III Broadcasting, Ellis Communications, Petracom Broadcasting, Inc., Communications Corporation of America, White Knight Broadcasting and Grapevine Communications, Inc. in purchase and sale of more than 100 television stations, including all financing activities related to these matters.
  • Represented iXL Enterprises, Inc. in four separate rounds of venture capital financing leading to the representation of iXL Enterprises, Inc. in its initial public offering, and a follow-up offering.
  • Represented iXL Enterprises, Inc. in the acquisition of 34 separate companies over an 18-month period.
  • Represented numerous buyers and sellers of trade publications in the purchase, sale and financing of publishing properties, including Cygnus Business Media Holdings, Inc. in its organization, equity financing, debt financing and initial acquisition of 50 trade magazines.
  • Represented several venture capital companies in their investments in Internet businesses.

Riconoscimenti e Premi

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law, 2013-2021
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Georgia Super Lawyers, 2007-2019
  • Listed, Georgia Trend magazine "Legal Elite," 2008-2013 and 2015
  • Team Member, Corporate Board Member magazine and FTI Consulting Inc., one of "America’s Best Corporate Law Firms," 13th Annual Legal Industry Study, 2013
  • Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5.0

°AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Atlanta Bar Association


  • LL.M., Taxation, Emory University School of Law, 1983
  • Laurea magistrale in Giurisprudenza, University of Georgia School of Law, 1976
  • B.B.A., Accounting, University of Georgia, 1973
  • Georgia