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James R. (Jim) Dankenbring

Partner
  • T: (314) 333-3939
    F: (314) 862-4656
  • St. Louis

Jim Dankenbring has an extensive practice in mergers and acquisitions, securities law, complex contract negotiations, executive compensation and other business law areas. He serves as lead counsel to a variety of foreign and domestic closely held companies, tax-exempt organizations, executives, and families in a wide range of business initiatives. He has represented buyers and sellers, including senior management and investors, in connection with the acquisition, sale and recapitalization of businesses in many industries such as health care, manufacturing, banking and technology. He has also represented issuers and investors in public and private debt and equity financings, credit facilities, and other complex financing transactions. Through his active participation in Spencer Fane's membership in TAGLaw, Jim has developed personal relationships with lawyers around the world. As a result, he often represents parties to cross-border joint ventures and strategic alliances, including distributor agreements, product distribution and marketing agreements, franchise agreements, licenses, and other complex agreements.

For the last several years, Jim has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America, for his work in the practice areas of Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, and Tax Law. He is also listed in the 2006 through 2013 editions of Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers. Prior to entering private practice in 1982, he practiced as a CPA in the tax department of Ernst & Young, and later served as General Counsel for a St. Louis-based NYSE company. Jim is a frequent writer and speaker on business organizations, not-for-profit organizations, mergers and acquisitions, and legal ethics. He has also served as an expert witness in several litigations.

Jim presently serves on the Board of Directors of:

Jim has also served on the Board of Governors of The Missouri Bar, The St. Louis Bar Foundation, Westborough Country Club, the Missouri Athletic Club, and the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation.

 

 

PUBLICATIONS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • 2013: Helping Your Client Buy or Sell a Small-to-Medium Business*
  • 2009: Helping Your Client Select the Best Entity Option*
  • 2007: Helping Your Client Buy or Sell a Small-to-Medium Business*
  • 2007: Limited Liability Companies*
  • 2006: Drafting LLP and LLC Agreements*
  • 2006: Limited Liability Company Updates*
  • 2005: Sound Advice: Helping Your Client Buy or Sell a Business in Missouri*
  • 2005: Sarbanes – Oxley Act in Missouri (Lorman Education Services)
  • 2005: The Ins and Outs of Limited Liability Companies in Missouri*
  • 2004: Drafting LLC and LLP Agreements in Missouri*
  • 2004: Limited Liability Companies in Missouri*
  • 2004: Mergers and Acquisitions in Missouri: The Art of Doing Deals*
  • 2003: Tax Issues in Missouri Mergers and Acquisitions*
  • 2003: Drafting LLC and LLP Agreements in Missouri*
  • 2003: Limited Liability Companies in Missouri*
  • 2002: Mergers and Acquisitions in Missouri: The Art of Doing Deals*
  • 2001: Due Diligence in Corporate Transactions for Missouri Paralegals*
  • 2000: Exempt Organizations and Charitable Activities in Missouri*
  • 1999: Present Co-Author, Non-Profit Corporations, Missouri Business Organizations, Volume II, The Missouri Bar
  • 1999: Present Co-Author, Statutory Close Corporations, Missouri Business Organizations, Volume III, The Missouri Bar

*Sponsored by the National Business Institute

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

Distinctions

  • Selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® , 2005-2013
  • 2013-2014 Best Lawyers