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James H. Ellis
JAMES H. ELLIS “The best part of this job is helping clients convert complex legal advice and risk assessments into inspired actions that move their businesses forward.”

James H. Ellis

Partner

Los Angeles (main)

t: 310.556.7895
f: 310.843.2695
jellis@glaserweil.com

James H. Ellis

Partner

Los Angeles (main)

James Ellis is a transactional attorney with broad-based legal and operational experience throughout the corporate, real estate, entertainment and technology industries. He advises clients on a variety of areas including corporate transactions, motion picture debt and equity financing, fund formation, real estate, corporate and entertainment joint ventures, publishing and intellectual property rights, private equity, mezzanine debt, mergers and acquisitions, lending and talent transactions.

Prior to joining Glaser Weil, Mr. Ellis spent more than 10 years serving as the executive vice president, general counsel and managing director to numerous affiliated joint ventures, partnerships and privately held entities. In these roles, he was responsible for day-to-day operations, as well as legal and business affairs matters, in the areas of private equity, real estate, talent management, film and television, professional sports, consulting, publishing, art and start-up technology investing. He was also responsible for representing his clients in court proceedings, arbitrations and mediations.

From 1999-2002, he served as general counsel for Artists Management Group, Artists Television Group and Artists Production Group. From 1995-1999, he practiced transactional law at Munger, Tolles & Olson, LLP in Los Angeles.

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James is a graduate of Harvard College with an A.B., cum laude, in philosophy. He received his law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, where he graduated second in his class, was a member of the Order of the Coif and received numerous academic awards and distinctions. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Ellis was a vice president of Sonnenblick-Goldman Company in New York and Los Angeles, where he was responsible for originating and placing real estate-based debt and equity in the western United States. He began his career in real estate project management with the Zeckendorf Company in New York City in 1985.

He lives with his wife and three children in Pacific Palisades, where he is an active volunteer in youth sports and community activities.

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  • Practice Areas
  • Education
    • University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, J.D.

    • Harvard College, A.B., Philosophy, cum laude

  • State Bar Admissions
    • California

  • Representative Matters
    • CORPORATE

    • Private Equity

    • Advised private funds in the fund formation, preparation of equity offerings, organizational documents and negotiating and closing numerous investment and financing transactions.

    • Structured and closed convertible debt and equity investments in numerous privately held start-up companies.

    • Mezzanine Debt

    • Represented joint venture with foreign sovereign wealth pension fund in $225 mezzanine debt facility as part of the $1.75 billion recapitalization of the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas.

    • Mergers and Acquisitions

    • Handled numerous securities and asset purchases and sales in a wide variety of industries.

    • Lending

    • Represented both borrowers and lenders in secured and unsecured financings in the aerospace, energy, apparel, services and hospitality industries.

    • ENTERTAINMENT/MEDIA

    • Motion Picture Debt and Equity Financing

    • Represented sponsors and investors in motion picture film funds; represented producers and financiers in connection with motion picture development and production co-financings.

    • Advised prospective ownership group in structuring and presenting a bid to take a major international entertainment company private.

    • Negotiated numerous domestic and foreign licensing and related agreements for major video game releases.

    • Negotiated and documented domestic and foreign distribution and license agreements for network and cable television programming.

    • Entertainment Joint Ventures

    • Advised clients in the formation of joint ventures with major broadcast & cable network/motion picture studio for television and film production, live theater and live events.

    • Represented domestic film producer in the formation of a joint venture with a major European film distributor.

    • Publishing and IP Rights

    • Represented purchasers and financiers in the acquisition and financing of motion picture, animation and intellectual property libraries.

    • Talent

    • Represented production companies, management companies and talent agencies in writer, director, producer and studio agreements; also represent select talent with respect to high profile talent agreements and joint ventures.

    • Real Estate

    • Managed the purchase, leasing and sale of several major commercial properties in Los Angeles.

    • Art

    • Represented lenders and owners in fine art acquisitions, sales and loans.

    • Technology

    • Represented technology companies in master service agreements, software licensing, equity financing and convertible debt transactions.

  • Practice Areas
  • Education
    • University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, J.D.

    • Harvard College, A.B., Philosophy, cum laude

  • State Bar Admissions
    • California

  • Representative Matters
    • CORPORATE

    • Private Equity

    • Advised private funds in the fund formation, preparation of equity offerings, organizational documents and negotiating and closing numerous investment and financing transactions.

    • Structured and closed convertible debt and equity investments in numerous privately held start-up companies.

    • Mezzanine Debt

    • Represented joint venture with foreign sovereign wealth pension fund in $225 mezzanine debt facility as part of the $1.75 billion recapitalization of the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas.

    • Mergers and Acquisitions

    • Handled numerous securities and asset purchases and sales in a wide variety of industries.

    • Lending

    • Represented both borrowers and lenders in secured and unsecured financings in the aerospace, energy, apparel, services and hospitality industries.

    • ENTERTAINMENT/MEDIA

    • Motion Picture Debt and Equity Financing

    • Represented sponsors and investors in motion picture film funds; represented producers and financiers in connection with motion picture development and production co-financings.

    • Advised prospective ownership group in structuring and presenting a bid to take a major international entertainment company private.

    • Negotiated numerous domestic and foreign licensing and related agreements for major video game releases.

    • Negotiated and documented domestic and foreign distribution and license agreements for network and cable television programming.

    • Entertainment Joint Ventures

    • Advised clients in the formation of joint ventures with major broadcast & cable network/motion picture studio for television and film production, live theater and live events.

    • Represented domestic film producer in the formation of a joint venture with a major European film distributor.

    • Publishing and IP Rights

    • Represented purchasers and financiers in the acquisition and financing of motion picture, animation and intellectual property libraries.

    • Talent

    • Represented production companies, management companies and talent agencies in writer, director, producer and studio agreements; also represent select talent with respect to high profile talent agreements and joint ventures.

    • Real Estate

    • Managed the purchase, leasing and sale of several major commercial properties in Los Angeles.

    • Art

    • Represented lenders and owners in fine art acquisitions, sales and loans.

    • Technology

    • Represented technology companies in master service agreements, software licensing, equity financing and convertible debt transactions.