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James P. Gregory

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James P. Gregory is an attorney at Ruddy Gregory and has been practicing law for over forty years. Mr. Gregory has been a member of the Washington D.C. legal community since 1990. His practice has focused on complex business matters including mergers, acquisitions, tax, private equity and general corporate transactions.

In 1990 Mr. Gregory commenced his career in Washington D.C. as general counsel to an international private equity firm headquartered in Washington, D.C. In that capacity he participated in and oversaw all aspects of new fund formation including fund raising, legal documentation, entity formation, structuring and tax related issues. During the investment phase of each new fund Mr. Gregory was responsible for compliance with governing documents, portfolio company acquisition documentation, from letters of intent to stock purchase and shareholder agreements, and dispositions of portfolio companies. Due to the international scope of the company, Mr. Gregory has worked in many countries in South and Central America, Eastern Europe, South Africa, and Southeast Asia. Mr. Gregory served as general counsel from 1990 until 2010.

More recently, Mr. Gregory served as general counsel, officer and director for a used oil recycling company that grew from $40,000,000 in revenues to $400,000,000 in five (5) years. In that capacity, Mr. Gregory was instrumental in structuring the acquisition and financing of the groups refineries, the consolidation of three companies engaged in marketing and sales of lubricant products, a blending operation, and the refinery companies, and providing legal services to the operating divisions in connection with supply and sales agreements, confidentiality agreements, leasing and equipment lease financing. Mr. Gregory was lead counsel in the group’s initial private equity raise that, together with mezzanine finance, enabled the group to acquire a refinery in New Orleans owned and operated by Chevron. A second refinery acquisition several years later was structured as a lease-purchase transaction. Subsequent re-financings and private equity investments totaled more than $200,000,000 over the five year period following the initial acquisition.

  • Corporate mergers, acquisitions, formations and divestitures
  • Corporate and Individual Tax Matters
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity investing and sourcing
  • Secured Loan Transactions
  • Real estate acquisitions and dispositions
  • Commercial leasing
  • Equipment leasing
BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS
  • Admitted to the Michigan Bar (inactive) November 1974
  • Admitted to the Colorado Bar October 1976
  • Admitted to the District of Columbia Bar November 2001
EDUCATION
  • AV® Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Rated by Martindale-Hubble Peer Review
  • New York University, School of Law, L.L.M. in Taxation 1976
  • Wayne State University School of Law, J.D. 1974
  • University of Michigan, B.A. 1971
HISTORY OF REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS:
  • $50,000,000 asset backed working capital line of credit for oil recycling business
  • $39,000,000 mezzanine refinancing for oil recycling business
  • $25,000,000 mezzanine financing in connection with refinery acquisition
  • General counsel to international private equity fund
  • $80,000,000 Overseas Private Investment Corporation (“OPIC”) financing in connection with new fund formation
  • $10,000,000 International Financial Corporation (“IFC”) term loan to Thai based waste management company
  • Representation of borrowers in secured commercial lending and refinancing facilities
  • Representation of landlords and tenants in commercial real estate leasing
  • Structuring and tax advice to entrepreneurial group engaged in lubricant  manufacturing and marketing