- J.D., University of Southern California, 1989
- M.B.A., California State University, Fullerton, 1986
- B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1983
James Mercer is the Managing Partner in the firm’s London office and a member of the Corporate Practice Group. He previously served as co-chairman of the Corporate Practice Group, led the Capital Markets practice, and managed the firm’s China desk.
Areas of Practice
Mr. Mercer practices in the area of corporate law, with an emphasis in United States and cross-border capital markets and merger and acquisition transactions.
Mr. Mercer represents U.S. and international companies in public and private offerings of securities including initial public offerings, secondary public offerings, registered direct offerings, as well as PIPEs, Regulation D, Regulation S and Rule 144A private placements. He regularly counsels publicly traded companies in SEC regulatory matters, including periodic reporting and disclosure, Sarbanes Oxley and Dodd Frank compliance.
Mr. Mercer also advises on U.S. and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. He advises privately held as well as publicly traded companies across a wide variety of industries in asset sales, stock sales, mergers, triangular mergers, and other business combinations.
From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Mercer was general counsel and chief financial officer of a Nasdaq-listed telecommunications software company.
- San Diego Super Lawyer, 2012
- Represented Vapestick Holdings Limited, a UK based developer of electronic cigarettes, in its sale to Victory Electronic Cigarettes Corporation, a US based publicly traded company, in $70 million transaction involving cash and common stock.
- U.S. counsel to Investec Securities plc as underwriter and placement agent in connection with £122 million initial public offering of Serverlec Group PLC on the London Stock Exchange.
- U.S. counsel to Dexion Capital plc as underwriter and placement agent in connection with £130 million initial public offering of Chenavari Capital Solutions, a registered closed end investment fund on the Specialists Market of the London Stock Exchange.
- Represented National Technical Systems, Inc., a Nasdaq listed provider of certification and testing services, in its $365 million sale to Aurora Capital Group and going private transaction.
- Advised Alibaba Group in $294 million PIPE investment in AutoNavi Holdings Ltd., a Beijing-based developer of electronic navigation tools, whose American Depository Shares are traded on the Nasdaq Global Market.
- Represented Micro Focus International plc, a London Stock Exchange listed multinational software and information technology company in is acquisition of the Orbix, Orbacus and Artix software product lines from Progress Software Corporation.
- Advised Tongjitang Chinese Medicines Company Limited, an NYSE-listed pharmaceutical company focused on the development, manufacturing, marketing and selling of modernized traditional Chinese medicine in China in a going private transaction that was recognized as the "Taking Private 2011 Deal of the Year" by the China Business Law Journal.
- Issuer counsel to AirMedia Group Inc., a leading operator of out-of-home advertising platforms in China, in its $100 million secondary public offering of American Depository Shares.
- U.S. counsel to Asia Green Agriculture Corporation, a Chinese based manufacturer of organic bamboo and other food products, in its alternative public offering via reverse merger and concurrent PIPE financing.
- Issuer counsel in registered direct offerings and PIPE financings aggregating to $100s millions, involving preferred stock, common stock and convertible debentures for companies across a wide variety of industries.
- Represented the shareholders of T-Systems International, a manufacturer of irrigation products, in $90 million sale of stock to Deere & Company.
- Represented shareholders of Intelligent Automation Corporation, a developer of computer systems for military helicopters, in $82 million sale of stock to Honeywell International, Inc.
- Counseled Telanetix, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed videoconferencing company, in its acquisition of Accessline, Inc., a VoIP service provider, in $36 million triangular merger.
- Advised Cell Site Industries, Inc., a cellular base station repair company, in $40 million sale to Andrew Corporation, an NYSE-listed telecommunications infrastructure manufacturer.
- Representation of ReEnergy Group plc, an AIM-listed U.K. company in the acquisition various U.S.-based companies and technologies.
- Represented the shareholders of May Logistics Services, Inc., a distribution logistics company, in sale to private equity firm Code Hennessey & Simmons, Inc. Represented Sentra Securities, Inc. and Spelman & Co., securities brokerage firms, in sale to SunAmerica, Inc.
- Counsel to American Health Properties Inc., an NYSE-listed REIT in purchases of a number of hospital properties and related assets.
- China Lexis Review, April 2010
- China Business Focus, Issue #131-132, January 1, 2010
Corporate & Securities Law Blog Articles
- "SEC Eliminates the Prohibition on General Solicitation for Rule 506 and Rule 144A Offerings," July 12, 2013
- "SEC Signals Proxy Access Rules Not Likely To Be Effective For The 2010 Proxy Season, But It May Adopt Other Proxy And Risk Disclosure Enhancements In Time For 2010", October 6, 2009
- "Smaller Reporting Companies Given Additional Time to Comply with Auditor Attestation Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting", October 5, 2009
- "SEC approves NYSE Rule change regarding Broker Non-Votes", July 15, 2009
- "The SEC's focus on Corporate Governance," Grant Thornton LLP's 3rd Annual SEC Briefing, The Jonathan Club, Los Angeles, California, January 21, 2010
- "China's IPO's: Getting These Deals Done in 2009 and Beyond," 2009 Hot Topics, McMillin Companies Event Center, San Diego, California, October 2009
- "CFO Essentials," SingerLewak, San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, California, July 2009
- Co-speaker, "What Ever GC Should Know About Shareholder Activism," ALM's 5th Annual General Counsel West Coast Conference, San Francisco, California, November 15, 2007
- Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine – Pavilion, December 1, 2010
- Member, Corporate Directors Forum, 2007-2008
- San Diego Corporate Finance Council, Member 2003 - 2007, Program Chair, 2005-2007
- San Diego Telecommunications Council, Member, 2003