James Maher has extensive experience in all aspects of finance and commercial real estate, as well as corporate transactions. His business and finance practice involves advising many commercial enterprises and, as a result, James' practice spans several of the Firm's specialized practice areas.
James' training and experience includes a wide variety of industries from institutional investors and real estate development and workouts, to industrial companies and new technology companies. From this base, James focuses on complex commercial finance and corporate transactions and represents institutional lenders and borrowers in commercial real estate transactions, corporate loans and private placements throughout the United States. He has extensive experience in workouts of debt and equity investments, financial restructurings and asset dispositions, as well as many types of commercial and corporate transactions. James' practice also involves corporate acquisitions and divestitures for clients across a range of industries, including energy generation, manufacturing and retail.
He is a member of the Real Estate Finance Association, the Connecticut Venture Group and is the past-Chairmen of the Young Lawyers Section on Real Property and Land Use Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association. He has written and lectured on various topics concerning real estate investment and workouts.
Business Transactions Group Year-End Transactions
Real Estate Finance Association
Connecticut Venture Group
Connecticut Bar Association
American Bar Association
|Reported Cases||Representative Matter: Firm Assists Manufacturer and its Subsidiaries in Refinancing The firm recently assisted a sporting and athletic goods manufacturer and several of its offshore subsidiaries refinance their multifaceted, multicurrency Credit Agreement with a syndicate of five money center banks with global reach. Partner Henry Beck led the firm's team consisting of himself and fellow Partners Jim Maher and Rich Roberts and Attorney Matt Teich . Firm Leads Company's Negotiation and Documentation of Strategic Alliance Agreement Halloran & Sage represented a Connecticut manufacturing company in the negotiation and documentation of a strategic alliance agreement with a Massachusetts company that set forth a wide-ranging relationship between the two companies with respect to joint national and international operations. The agreement was drafted from scratch, based on the unique business industry involved and the emerging and cutting-edge nature of the Firm's client, and was led by partner James Maher and attorney Casey O'Connell . Manufacturer Represented in Stock Transactions; Key Corporate Governance Issues Resolved Halloran & Sage represented a Connecticut manufacturing company in two separate stock redemption transactions involving the company's principal shareholder and a longtime member of the board of directors. The transaction involving the principal shareholder was tailored to maximize the shareholder's gifting limits under federal tax law, while the transaction involving the board member necessitated the resolution of corporate governance issues to properly proceed. The firm, led by partners James Maher and Vincent Liberti, Jr. , and attorney Casey O'Connell , navigated the company through these issues to achieve successful redemptions within a year-end timeframe. Large Regional Bank Represented in Loan Facilities to CT Property Manager/Developer Halloran & Sage represented a large regional bank in the negotiation, documentation and closing of mortgage and construction loan facilities to a Connecticut property manager and developer. The Firm, led by real estate partner James Maher , environmental partner Ann Catino and attorney Casey O'Connell , assisted the lender in navigating through the resolution of environmental issues with respect to the subject property and to promptly close and fund the loan within a strict year-end timeframe. H & S Helps Sales Finance Company Position Itself for Continued Growth Halloran & Sage represented a sales finance company in closing a transaction that established a line of credit with a regional bank that allowed the young company to continue to expand at a rapid pace. Partner James Maher and associate Casey O'Connell helped the company through a lengthy and comprehensive due diligence process that involved the application of voluminous statutes and wide-ranging regulatory schemes to the company's unique business model. The H&S team helped the company to successfully close the loan transaction and to properly position itself for growth within a complex regulatory framework. H & S Creates and Documents Complex Contractual Mechanisms for Association of Public Utilities Halloran & Sage represented an association of public utilities in the preparation of an agreement governing the relationship among the association's members. The H & S team, consisting of partners Peter Boucher , James Maher and Alan Curto and associate Casey O'Connell , drafted an agreement from scratch that created numerous and complex contractual mechanisms to ensure that the interests of each of the various public utilities were adequately addressed with respect to a wide range of financing and governance issues. Halloran & Sage's extensive experience in the areas of contract preparation, municipal law, corporate governance, and regulatory matters were all drawn upon to complete the matter within the agreed-upon timeframe and budget. Regional Communications Firm Closes Private Equity Placement Halloran & Sage represented a regional communications corporation in a $1.8 million private equity placement. The H & S team, consisting of partners James Maher and Suzanne Scibilia and associate Casey O'Connell , helped the client navigate through federal securities law requirements and the blue sky laws of multiple states, and also negotiated and documented the transaction in a stock purchase agreement whereby the client received cash in exchange for newly-issued shares. H & S solved corporate governance issues to avoid delaying the deal's tight timeframe and devised unique contractual mechanisms to ensure that the two-tiered structure of the transaction was properly documented in an initial closing while providing for a possible second closing that was contingent on the occurrence of certain events. H & S Helps Local Software Firm Raise Capital Halloran & Sage represented a Connecticut software developer focused on educational mobile applications to raise $100,000 fund its continued growth through a secured debt issuance. Partner James Maher and associate Casey O'Connell helped the client to negotiate and document a loan agreement and a promissory note, along with security agreements covering both physical assets and intellectual property. H & S Helps Client Recover Its Losses After Asset Sale Default Halloran & Sage represented the seller of a business foreclose on its security interest in the business's property following a default by the buyer on a promissory note that had been issued in an asset sale. Partner James Maher and associate Casey O'Connell applied the client's statutory protections under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code to properly effectuate a strict foreclosure of the collateral, and also helped the client to exercise remedies available to it under a lease of real property that had been granted to the buyer. Multifaceted Health Care Development and Construction Deal Negotiated, Documented, and Closed Halloran & Sage successfully counseled a large Connecticut construction and real estate firm through the negotiation, documentation, and closing of the development and construction a new health care facility and an adjacent medical office building. The project involved the negotiation and preparation of a participation agreement, a purchase and sale transaction, reciprocal easement agreements, construction contracts and leases. Additionally, Halloran & Sage represented its client in securing and documenting $19,500,000 of construction financing. The Halloran & Sage team was led by real estate partner James Maher and also included real estate associates Matthew Teich , Jaimee Newman and Casey O'Connell , construction partner William Wilson, II , and legal assistant Karel Ortolani. H & S Successfully Counsels U.S. Bank National Association in Closing of $45M Mortgage Loan Facility Halloran & Sage successfully counseled U.S. Bank National Association through the negotiation, documentation and closing of a $45M mortgage loan facility, under which U.S. Bank holds a $30M participation interest and serves as collateral agent. The financing was provided in connection with the purchase and sale of 100 Arlington Street, located in the heart of downtown Boston, Massachusetts. The facility is structured to provide an interim mortgage loan to the seller until such time as the closing of the purchase and sale transaction occurs. Upon the closing of the purchase and sale transaction, the facility will provide the financing for the acquisition of the property. The Halloran & Sage team was led by real estate partner, James Maher and also included real estate associate, Jaimee Zuboff and legal assistant, Karel Gargiulo. H & S Counsels Webster Bank, National Association through Closing of Two Multi-Million Dollar Mortgage Loan Facilities A team of attorneys from Halloran & Sage Real Estate Practice Group, led by Attorney James Maher , successfully counseled Webster Bank, National Association through the negotiation, documentation and closing of two multi-million dollar mortgage loan facilities. Each facility is secured by commercial office properties, located in East Hartford and Glastonbury, Connecticut, respectively, which are held under tenant-in-common ownership. The complex financing documentation was structured to permit the sale of fractional tenant-in-common interests in the properties. Since the initial closing, Halloran & Sage has successfully completed five tranche closings in which a total of twelve tenant-in-common interests have been sold. H & S Counsels Lead Lender in $70M Luxury Hotel and Condo Deal Halloran & Sage recently completed closing of a $70M construction loan facility for the luxury Ocean House Hotel and Condominium located in Westerly, Rhode Island. The firm served as counsel to U.S. Bank National Association, as lead lender for the bank group providing the financing. This project involves the complete renovation of an historic beachfront hotel into a 48 room luxury hotel with 24 residential condominium units. The Halloran & Sage team was led by real estate partner, James Maher and included construction partner, Bill Wilson , real estate associate, Jaimee Newman and legal assistant, Karel Gargiulo. H & S Negotiates Financing for Mixed-Use Redevelopment Project Halloran & Sage represents U.S. Bank National Association in closing a $30,700,000 senior construction financing for the redevelopment of the historic Rumford Chemical Works facility in East Providence, Rhode Island. This project, which consists of a mix of residential, commercial and retail uses, will be renovated under state and federal historic tax credit programs and includes the use of a land condominium and included the potential for additional project level sub-condominium declarations. The H & S legal team was led by James Maher and included Jaimee Zuboff and Karel Gargiulo.|