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Jim Cross is a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Corporate Practice. Jim advises private equity sponsors and private and public companies on complex mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, divestitures, joint ventures, reorganizations and corporate governance matters. Jim is experienced in advising clients, in particular private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, across a broad range of sectors, including technology, digital infrastructure, energy and renewables. Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig, Jim was counsel in the private equity and M&A group of a major law firm.

Capabilities

Experience

  • Representation of an independent fiber network company in its approximately $240 million acquisition of a public fiber network company.°
  • Representation of a consortium of private equity firms in an approximately $14 billion take-private of a fiber network company.°
  • Representation of a technology company and private equity firm in the approximately $67 billion take-private of a data storage and software company.°
  • Representation of an infrastructure fund in its acquisition of an integrated U.S. renewable energy platform, including a controlling stake and minority economic interest in a related public yieldco.°
  • Representation of a private equity firm in its majority investment in a fiber-based data and broadband services provider.°
  • Representation of a company providing a suite of midstream oil and gas services, including crude oil gathering, transportation and storage in its approximately $1.5 billion sale to a public midstream company.°
  • Representation of a private equity firm in its approximately $950 million take-private of a fiber network company.°
  • Representation of a public technology company in its approximately $7 billion acquisition of a European technology company’s mobile phone business.°
  • Representation of a company providing oil and gas container solutions in its 50-50 combination with a competitor and subsequent buyout of the competitor’s 50% interest.°
  • Representation of a private equity firm in its acquisition of a 50% interest in a midstream oil and gas pipeline from a public energy company.°
  • Representation of a private equity firm in its acquisition and subsequent sale of two portfolios of solar PV projects.°
  • Representation of a private equity firm in its acquisition of a midstream energy company and related $250 million equity commitment.°
  • Representation of a private equity firm in its $1.3 billion partnership with a specialty insurance provider.°
  • Representation of a private equity firm in its acquisition of an oil and gas container solutions business.°
  • Representation of lenders to a Texas oil and gas company in a comprehensive financial restructuring, which was implemented through a pre-packaged chapter 11 plan of reorganization.°
  • Representation of an oil and gas producer in its issuance of $75 million in convertible preferred equity to a private equity firm.°
  • Representation of an oil and gas container solutions company in a refinancing of its existing credit facilities.°
  • Representation of lenders to Texas and Appalachia oil and gas producers in comprehensive out-of-court financial restructurings.°
  • Representation of an Appalachia gas producer in a comprehensive financial restructuring that included an out-of-court transaction and a pre-packaged chapter 11 reorganization.°
  • Representation of a commercial helicopter operator in its issuance of $600 million in convertible preferred shares to a private equity firm.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Cross prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Recipient, The Legal Aid Society, Pro Bono Publico Award, 2013
  • Board Member, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, 2019-Present
  • Member, Houston Bar Association, 2014-Present

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., with high distinction, University of Iowa College of Law, 2008
    • Member, Iowa Law Review
  • B.M., summa cum laude, University of Akron, 2005
Admissions
  • New York
  • Texas