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James C. Olson (Jim)
Of Counsel


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  • Washington & Lee University (J.D. 1979; Note and Comment Editor, Washington & Lee Law Review); Lafayette College (B.A. in Government 1976)

Bar Admissions

  • California and Pennsylvania

Jim Olson has more than 30 years of experience in capital markets and banking, commercial finance, M&A, and cross-border transactions, representing major financial institutions, private equity funds, hedge funds, sovereign wealth funds, and corporate clients.

Jim's finance experience includes public and private debt offerings, syndicated credit facilities, acquisition finance, cash management and treasury matters, derivatives, and other complex financial transactions. He has significant M&A experience in the financial services industry, including advising on federal and state regulatory aspects. Most recently, Jim has been engaged in representing various market participants in financial technology matters, including new payment systems and lending platforms.

Companies for which Jim has worked on substantial matters include Apple, Bank of America, ICANN, SunPower, PCM, and Toyota.

Jim has extensive experience in Asia and served as a member of the Overseas Advisory Board of the China Beijing Equity Exchange, one of the principal equity exchanges for the privatization and transfer of state-owned enterprises and assets in China.

Jim is a frequent lecturer and author on corporate finance and international finance topics. He is a member of the American Bar Association (Banking Law and Commercial Finance Committees). He is active in community and charitable affairs and serves as chair of the board of HomeBase, a nonprofit public interest law firm focused on solutions to homelessness, and serves on the board of The United Way of the Bay Area.

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