James L. Murray is director of strategic services with Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Philadelphia office. Mr. Murray served as Pepper’s executive partner from 1995 through 2002.
Mr. Murray handles a range of corporate law, with particular emphasis in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, partnership law, offerings of securities, and private equity and other financing transactions.
In the securities law area, Mr. Murray has worked extensively on private placement projects, including real estate syndications, debenture and convertible debt placements, and equity offerings of common and preferred stock and limited partnership interests. He has experience in negotiating underwriting agreements on behalf of underwriters and issuers. He also has counseled public companies with respect to disclosure and other compliance matters, including conflict of interest and insider-trading issues.
In the financing area, Mr. Murray has worked with borrowers and lenders in the structuring and implementation of asset-based and other secured lending transactions, letter of credit transactions, leveraged buyouts, workout situations and the enforcement of creditors’ rights. He has counseled U.S. and foreign financial institutions in the areas of regulatory compliance, lender liability and antitrust considerations.
Mr. Murray joined Pepper in 1977. He was the founder and partner-in-charge of the firm’s Berwyn office, which was established in 1984 to serve entrepreneurial businesses that were developing in the high technology corridor west of Philadelphia. That office now has 40 lawyers who work with clients around the world.
Mr. Murray has a business administration degree from the University of Delaware, and took additional M.B.A. course work at the University of Northern Colorado during his tenure as a pilot with the U.S. Air Force. He received his law degree from Villanova University, cum laude, in 1977.
He is involved in a number of community activities and sits as an independent director on the boards of several privately held corporations.