About James C. Bookhout

James Bookhout is a highly sought-after litigator for complex commercial disputes, particularly concerning mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and private equity or investment fund issues. Clients trust in his extensive experience representing buyers and sellers in indemnification claims and fraud issues in M&A transactions, earnout disputes, handling of working capital and post-closing adjustment disputes, and litigating fiduciary duty and other matters between investors and sponsors in investment funds stemming from private equity transactions.

A trusted advocate in M&A and private equity legal challenges

With deep experience in middle-market transactions, James understands the unique challenges that can arise pre- and post-closing during business combinations. He has helped buyers and sellers navigate disputes during several significant transactions, providing efficient and forward-thinking counsel in matters of varying complexity. He routinely handles litigation issues that arise for portfolio companies.

James's commercial litigation practice focuses on pre- and post-closing M&A disputes. He is a first-chair trial attorney, representing public and private clients in numerous federal and state courts throughout the United States and through all trial phases, including discovery, motion practice, mediation and trial. In particular, James has represented numerous private equity clients in significant post-closing M&A claims, including indemnification and fraud litigation. Clients value James's deep understanding of the law in Delaware and New York applicable to these transactions, as well as his ability to create powerful and practical solutions to their concerns. These same clients often turn to James to assist with their most important litigation matters for their portfolio companies.

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Practice Focus

  • M&A and fiduciary duty litigation
  • Private equity and investment fund-related litigation
  • Corporate governance and investor disputes
  • General commercial litigation with an emphasis on portfolio company disputes

Representative Experience

  • Represented a private equity firm in a $500 million M&A fraud litigation against the seller. *
  • Litigated and successfully enforced written purchase agreement for a private equity firm to require buyer to close a $200 million acquisition. *
  • Represented sellers in post-closing dispute in a $17.7 billion public company transaction to enforce covenants against public company. *
  • Obtained a complete defense award for a public company in an arbitration regarding a $45 million earnout claim. *
  • Represented a publicly traded corporation and board of directors in responding to a proxy nomination dispute initiated by activist investors. *
  • Represented a major financial institution in obtaining collection against a loan in excess of $50 million. *
  • Represented a multifamily residential development company in highly contentious litigation over a real estate transaction worth approximately $20 million. *
* Experience prior to Katten