James Biehl

Partner Princeton
jim.biehl dbr.com
Phone: (609) 716-6567
Fax: (609) 799-7000

About

James Biehl assists clients with structuring, negotiating and managing sophisticated securities and corporate transactional matters for both public and private companies.

Jim has represented clients in all stages of the corporate growth cycle. He has represented emerging growth companies in start-up, early stage and other venture capital financings, private placements and bridge financings, mergers and acquisitions, exchange offers, redemptions and strategic alliances. Jim has also counseled clients on joint venture formations, spin-offs, leveraged recapitalizations, industry consolidations and turn-around financings. Jim’s background also includes technology licensing, consulting, distribution, shareholder, executive compensation, confidentiality and noncompetition agreements and corporate governance matters.

Jim has represented numerous issuers, selling stockholders and underwriters in connection with a variety of public debt and equity financings, including initial public offerings, secondary offerings and offerings in connection with reorganizations, joint ventures, acquisitions, mergers and divestitures. Jim’s experience includes equity and debt financings pursuant to universal shelf registrations (the registration of equity and debt securities, depository shares and warrants that may be offered to the public from time to time), acquisition shelf registrations (the registration of equity or debt securities that may be offered from time to time in connection with acquisitions of businesses) and selling stockholder shelf registrations (the registration of securities for stockholders of public companies).

Jim advises public companies on a wide variety of issues under the federal and state securities laws, including SEC periodic reporting and proxy requirements, dealing with analysts and the press, Section 16 reporting (short swing profits), Rule 144 sales and the rules and regulations of the NASDAQ Stock Market and the New York Stock Exchange. He has also represented banks and insurance companies in the purchase of debt securities in connection with the lease financing of large computer systems, air craft and box cars.

He has represented sole proprietorships, general partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations in the formation and management of their businesses. In addition, he has represented computer software and other technology vendors in a variety of licensing and distributorship transactions.

Experience

Jim’s experience in corporate transactions includes the following matters:

  • Represented Graham Partners/HB&G Companies in the acquisition of Arbors Direct and Composite Building Supplies.
  • Represented Autobytel, Inc. (ABTL) in the acquisition of AutoUSA in a $20 million transaction.
  • Represented American List Counsel and Empathy Lab in connection with the sale of Empathy Lab to EPAM Systems, Inc. in a $62 million transaction.
  • Represented Blessing White Companies, Inc. in the sale of Blessing White to GP Strategies Corporation in a $10 million transaction.
  • Represented Ultimark Products Corporation in connection with its restructuring and subsequent acquisition of several consumer products including Prell shampoo, Denorex shampoo and various garden products from Prestige Brands in a $20 million transaction.
  • Represented Comcast Corporation in the formation of Comcast Sportsnet New York and the acquisition of television rights from the New York Mets.
  • Represented the minority stockholders of Innovativ Technologies in the sale of Innovativ to Agilysys in a $190 million transaction.
  • Represented Autobytel Inc. (ABTL) in the acquisition of Autotropolis and Cyber Ventures in a $25 million transaction.
  • Represented TelAmerica Media in the sale of TelAmerica to Cross Media in a $85 million transaction.
  • Represented MobiPharma Inc. in the acquisition of personal care products from Johnson & Johnson in a $10 million transaction.
  • Represented Mikronite Technologies in the acquisition of Crane Cams, an automotive parts manufacturer controlled by an ESOP in an $11 million transaction.
  • Represented Graham Partners in the acquisition of Abrisa Industrial Glass, Inc.
  • M & A counsel for Genesis Healthcare Corporation. Acquisitions include skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities in New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Vermont in transactions ranging from $15 million to $90 million.
  • Represented Sun Chemical Corporation in the acquisition of Bayer’s Corp.’s high performance pigment business located in South Carolina in a $350 million transaction.
  • Represented Songbird Hearing Inc. (manufacturer of hearing aids) in the sale of Songbird to Proctor & Gamble in a $30 million transaction.
  • Represented Comcast Corporation in the formation of Comcast Sportsnet Chicago and the acquisition of television rights from the Bulls, Cubs, White Sox and Blackhawks.
  • Represented Genesis Healthcare Corporation in the spin-off of its Eldercare Business in a $600 million transaction.
  • Represented Graham Partners in the acquisition of Nailite International, Inc.
  • Represented management in the buyout of Jetro Management and Development Corp. in a $255 million transaction.
  • Represented Eastern Environmental in the acquisition of 43 landfills, transfer stations and collection operations in transactions ranging from $1 million to $90 million.
  • Represented Eastern Environmental in its sale to Waste Management in a $1.2 billion transaction.
  • Represented Graham Packaging Company in its sale to Blackstone in the form of a leveraged recapitalization in a $1 billion transaction.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania

Education

  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 1989, magna cum laude
  • Carnegie Mellon University, B.S., 1986

Organizations

  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association