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James G. DeJong

James G. DeJong

Practice areas:

Mergers & Acquisitions, Business, Contracts & Agreements

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About Me

Jim is the firm’s Chairman and a member of the Business Law Group. Jim’s business law practice is diverse. He is experienced in successfully guiding clients through a wide variety of matters from forming and financing business entities to negotiating and documenting complex business transactions. He frequently represents buyers and sellers of businesses. Jim also has extensive experience working with clients on corporate governance matters.


 


 Jim Assists Clients With



  • Purchasing and selling businesses

  • Private equity, venture capital and debt financing

  • Contract negotiation and preparation 

  • Business development issues including: entity formation, growth, and exit strategies

  • Corporate governance matters

  • Private offerings of debt and equity securities


 


 Examples of Jim’s Recent Client Work



  • Represented the purchaser in its acquisition of a leading manufacturer of highly technical plastic injection molded components.

  • Represented a manufacturer of products for the worldwide foodservice industry in its acquisition of a well-known line of foodservice products.

  • Represented a leading provider of peripherals for AC and DC drives in a private equity-backed management buyout.

  • Regularly represents a Wisconsin based private equity group in its merger and acquisition activities.

  • Represented a manufacturer of heat transfer products with multi-state manufacturing facilities in a private equity-backed management buyout.

  • Represented the owners of a company which provides goods to health care facilities in their sale to a private equity-backed management buyout.

  • Represented a management group in its acquisition of a controlling interest in a large wholesale beverage distribution business.

  • Represents the board of directors of a mutual insurance company in corporate governance related matters.

  • Represented the management group of a large, regional electronic component distribution business in their purchase of the business from a publicly owned buyer.

  • Represented the controlling shareholders of a family-owned, multi-state manufacturing and distribution business in resolution of a dispute with a minority shareholder.

  • Served as lead attorney representing a multi-national corporation in negotiating and preparing agreements relating to a $400 million project.

  • Lead attorney for a telecommunications company in connection with obtaining more than $100 million in venture capital financing.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1978

  1. Mergers & Acquisitions: 50%
  2. Contracts & Agreements: 25%
  3. Business: 25%

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Contact Info

O'Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C.

111 E Wisconsin Ave
Suite 1400
Milwaukee, WI, 53202-4807

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WIGood Standing197803/16/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Milwaukee’s Leading LawyersM Magazine2015
Best Lawyers in America (Corporate Law)Best Lawyers (Woodward/White, Inc. of Aiken, S.C.)2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Milwaukee’s Leading LawyersM Magazine2014
Best Lawyers in America (Corporate Law)Best Lawyers (Woodward/White, Inc. of Aiken, S.C.)2014
Best Lawyers in America (Corporate Law)Best Lawyers (Woodward/White, Inc. of Aiken, S.C.)2013
Wisconsin Super LawyersMilwaukee Magazine2013
Wisconsin Super LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2013
Milwaukee’s Leading LawyersM Magazine2013
Wisconsin Super LawyersMilwaukee Magazine2012
Best Lawyers in America (Corporate Law)Best Lawyers (Woodward/White, Inc. of Aiken, S.C.)2012
Wisconsin Super LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2012
Best Lawyers in America (Corporate Law)Best Lawyers (Woodward/White, Inc. of Aiken, S.C.)2011
Wisconsin Super LawyersLaw & Politics2011
Wisconsin Super LawyersMilwaukee Magazine2011
Wisconsin Super LawyersLaw & Politics2010
Best Lawyers in America (Corporate Law)Best Lawyers (Woodward/White, Inc. of Aiken, S.C.)2010
Wisconsin Super LawyersMilwaukee Magazine2010
Wisconsin Super LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2009
Wisconsin Super LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2009
Wisconsin Super LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2008
Wisconsin Super LawyersMilwaukee Magazine2008
Wisconsin Super LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2007
Wisconsin Super LawyersMilwaukee Magazine2007
Wisconsin Super LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2006
Wisconsin Super LawyersMilwaukee Magazine2006
Wisconsin Super LawyersMilwaukee Magazine2005
Wisconsin Super LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2005

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
ChairmanO'Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C.2015 - Present
President & Managing ShareholderO'Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C.1977 - 2015

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Meritas Law Firms WorldwideMember2012 - Present
Board of Trustees, Carroll UniversityChairN/A
Corporate Practice InstituteBoard MemberN/A
Crossroads Presbyterian ChurchOrdained ElderN/A
Friends of Art of the Milwaukee Art MuseumFormer Board MemberN/A
Milwaukee Repertory TheaterFormer Board MemberN/A
Association For Corporate Growth - WisconsinMemberN/A

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Select Circle of Contracting Excellence Customer“What Every Business Owner Should Know About Anti-Trust Laws &N/A
WICPA“The Due Diligence Process in Business Acquisitions”N/A
Lauber CFOs Roundtable Conference“Current Status of the Law Regarding Non-Compete and ConfidentialityN/A
Select Circle of Contracting Excellence“Strategies to Minimize Legal Risk”N/A
Lauber CFOs Roundtable Conference“Update on the Applicability of Sarbanes-Oxley to Private Companies”N/A

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Marquette University Law SchoolN/ALaw, J.D.1978
Carroll CollegeN/ABachelor1975

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
WICPAThe Due Diligence Process in Business Acquisitions2012
Select Circle of Contracting Excellence Customer Business ConferenceStrategies to Minimize Legal Risk2011
Lauber CFOs Roundtable ConferenceCurrent Status of the Law Regarding Non-Compete and Confidentiality Agreements2011
Lauber CFOs Roundtable ConferenceUpdate on the Applicability of Sarbanes-Oxley to Private Companies2010