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Jim Cross is a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Corporate Practice Group. Jim has more than 12 years of experience advising private equity sponsors and private and public companies on complex mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, divestitures, joint ventures and reorganizations. He has substantial experience leading transactions all the way from inception to closing. Jim regularly advises clients across a broad range of sectors, in particular in technology and digital infrastructure.

Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig, Jim was counsel in the private equity and M&A group of a major global law firm.

Capabilities

Experience

  • Representation of Clearlake Capital Group in its investment in Concert Golf Partners, a boutique operator of private golf and country clubs.
  • Representation of Vista Equity Partners in the sale of its stake in Mediaocean, the leading global omnichannel advertising platform, to investment funds advised by CVC Capital Partners and TA Associates.
  • Part of a team representing an affiliate of The Carlyle Group in connection with the acquisition of Involta, LLC, a leading regional U.S. data center and hybrid infrastructure company.
  • Part of a team representing Crestview Partners in connection with the acquisition of Emerald EMS, an electronics manufacturing services provider specializing in high-mix, low-volume engineering, design, prototyping, testing, assembly and lifecycle support services for blue-chip original equipment manufacturers across a range of end markets.
  • Representation of Omnitracs, a complete fleet management platform and portfolio company of Vista Equity Partners, in the acquisition of Omnitracs by Solera Holdings.
  • 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 a private equity firm in a capital raise to develop a carbon capture sequestration project.
  • 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 Appalachian oil and gas producers in comprehensive out-of-court financial restructurings.°
  • Representation of an Appalachian 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, ROCO, 2019-Present
  • Member, Houston Bar Association, 2014-Present

Credentials

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