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University of Virginia, J.D., 2009, Order of the Coif; Executive Editor, Virginia Law Review, 2008-09

University of Connecticut, B.S., cum laude, 2006

University of Connecticut, B.S.E., 2006


James Cass's practice includes representing business development companies, small business investment companies, banks and borrowers in a broad variety of financing transactions. He advises clients in connection with structuring, negotiating, documenting and administering senior or unitranche credit facilities, second lien and mezzanine debt investments, and equity investments. James co-chairs the firm’s Private Credit Practice Group.

In the investment grade context, James has represented the lead agents and arrangers of a $3 billion senior revolving credit facility, as well as a lead arranger and lender of a $1.35 billion fully underwritten facility in support of an auction acquisition. He has experience in leveraged markets representing a wholesale insurance company as a borrower under first and second lien secured credit facilities totaling over $1.25 billion. As part of his mezzanine and junior capital practice, James has represented business development companies and small business investment companies in numerous credit structures, including unitranche, second lien and unsecured mezzanine debt. 

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Professional Affiliations

  • Mecklenburg County Bar, Law & Society Committee, 2018-22
  • Mecklenburg Bar Foundation, Board of Directors, 2017-21
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Leadership Institute, Class of 2016

Community Affiliations

  • Sustain Charlotte, Board of Directors, 2020-present
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