James W. Standard


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  • Overview
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Involvement
  • Overview

    Jim Standard concentrates his practice on taxation, finance, and general business and commercial law. He routinely represents clients in mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, divestitures, financing arrangements, and franchise arrangements. Mr. Standard also advises corporations, non-profits and pass-through entities on matters of corporate and partnership taxation, cross-border transactions, and tax-free reorganizations.

  • Experience

    Representative transactions include:

    • Representation of buyer in an acquisition of several agribusiness and farming operations with a transaction value in excess of $60 million
    • Representation of borrower in obtaining a $24 million credit facility to refinance existing loans, provide working capital and finance a distribution to shareholders
    • Representation of company in structuring a §368(a)(1)(F) tax-free reorganization
    • Counseling clients on tax-efficient §355 spin-off transactions
    • Representation of buyer of the Four Seasons hotel in Atlanta, Georgia
    • Representation of buyer in acquisition of intellectual property assets, including several patents
    • Representation of Netherlands-based financial services firm in its acquisition of local business, facilitating its entry into the U.S. market

    Representative litigation includes:

    • Representation of investors in health care information technology company in suit against former CFO for fraudulent accounting practices and bank for breach of workout agreement
    • Representation of national third party administrator of municipal benefit plans in suit brought by former contractor alleging breach of agreement to remit payments allegedly owed
    • Representation of multinational corporation in commercial arbitration brought against joint venture partner for failure to remit payments owed under joint venture agreement
    • Representation of company’s shareholders in suit brought by company’s trade creditor alleging improper distribution of sale proceeds to shareholders to the detriment of creditor
    • Representation of minority shareholder in direct action against majority shareholder for unlawful merger designed to “freeze out” minority shareholder
      Representation of franchisee in suit brought by franchisor alleging violations of franchise agreements non-compete provisions
  • Education

    • LL.M. (Tax), New York University School of Law, 2018
    • M.Fin., J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University College of Business, 2014
    • M.B.A., J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University College of Business, 2013
    • J.D., Georgia State University College of Law, magna cum laude, 1998
    • B.A., Washington University, 1991
  • Involvement

    Bar Admissions
    • Georgia
    Court Admissions
    • All Georgia state and superior courts
    • Georgia Court of Appeals
    • Georgia Supreme Court
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
    • United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
    • United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
    • United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
    • United States Tax Court
    • State Bar of Georgia

Did You Know

When away from the office, Jim enjoys golf, travel, hiking, and white water kayaking.

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