James C. Gorton

New York
  • 885 Third Avenue
  • New York, NY 10022-4834
  • USA

James Gorton, a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins, is a current member of the firm's Executive Committee and Chair of the Strategic Client Committee. He is an influential member of the M&A, Telecommunications and Media, Corporate Governance, and FinTech Practices. As Chair of the firm’s Strategic Client Committee, Mr. Gorton is focused on deploying comprehensive strategies to improve service and relationships with the firm's clients.

Mr. Gorton represents public and private companies, banks, and private equity firms in mergers, acquisitions, and other strategic transactions primarily in the financial services, telecommunications, media, and technology industries. Mr. Gorton also has extensive cross-border transaction experience.

Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Gorton was the founding general counsel of Global Crossing Ltd., a worldwide telecommunications company.

Mr. Gorton’s experience includes advising:

  • Siemens in connection with its:
    • Acquisition of Mendix, a developer of low-code software platforms (US$730 million)
    • Acquisition of Mentor Graphics Corporation, a provider of software and hardware design solutions for the development of electronic products (US$4.5 billion) 
    • Acquisition of CD-adapco, a developer of computer-aided engineering applications, including computational fluid dynamics, solid mechanics, and heat transfer (US$970 million) 
    • Acquisition of Dresser-Rand Group, suppliers of custom-engineered rotating equipment solutions for the oil and gas industry (US$7.6 billion)
    • Sale of its water technologies business unit, a provider of the treatment and processing of water and wastewater, to AEA Investors (€636 million)
  • Electric Lightwave, formerly known as Integra Telecom, a provider of infrastructure and telecom services, in its sale to Zayo Group Holdings (US$1.4 billion)
  • Cognizant Technology Solutions in its acquisition of TriZetto, a provider of information technology and service solutions for physicians and benefits administrators (US$2.7 billion)    
  • Columbus Nova Partners in connection with its:
    • Investment in Gawker Media (confidential)
    • Acquisition by Columbus Nova of a controlling interest in CIFC Corp., a publicly owned asset management holding company (US$81.8 million)
    • Sale of the asset management subsidiary of Columbus Nova, Columbus Nova Credit Investments Management to Deerfield Capital Corp. (US$2 billion)
    • Acquisition of controlling interest in White Energy, Inc., an ethanol producer in Texas and Kansas (US$550 million)
  • Credit Suisse in its joint venture with Palantir Technologies to form Signac, a company focused on identifying unauthorized trading in the financial services industry using Big Data analytic tools  
  • A consortium of banks, including Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, and Morgan Stanley, in their joint venture with SmartStream Technologies to create a new Reference Data Utility. Informally known as Securities Product Reference Data (SPReD), it will provide instrument reference data normalization and validation services (confidential)
  • A Tier 1 global investment bank in the carve-out and sale of a proprietary data‎ driven line of business to a major exchange (confidential)
  • Ares Management in connection with its:
    • Reverse merger of American Capital, a private equity firm focused on employee and management buyouts, with Ares Capital (confidential)
    • Acquisition of the asset-based lending portfolio of First Capital Holdings, a commercial finance company (confidential)
    • Acquisition by Ares Capital of Barclays Private Credit Partners Fund, a middle-market corporate loan portfolio (confidential)
  • US Olympic Committee in connection with bidding for the 2024 Olympic Games
  • JP Morgan and One Equity Partners on the PIPE investment in Technicolor SA by JP Morgan and One Equity Partners pursuant to a reserved share issuance and rights offering (€169 million)
  • Opnext, Inc. on the stock for stock merger with Oclaro, Inc. (US$172 million)
  • Global Crossing Ltd on the stock for stock merger with Level 3 (US$3 billion)
  • One Equity Partners on the Investment in Open Range Communications Inc., a broadband wireless Internet services provider, resulting in the distribution of broadband services in 17 states (US$367 million)
  • Pacific Crossing, Ltd. on the sale of 100% of the stock of Pacific Crossing, Ltd., a subsea cable network, to NTT (US$160 million)
  • Integra Telecom, Inc., a provider of voice, data and Internet communication services, in its sale to Searchlight Capital Partners LP (confidential)
  • MC Communications LLC in the sale of Pri-Med US, a business unit that runs proprietary conferences and digital events for healthcare professionals, to Diversified Business Communications (confidential)

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