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James E. Showen

Washington, D.C.

James E. Showen

Jim Showen's many years of experience allow him to give comprehensive yet practical advice as to obligations under the federal securities laws, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Dodd-Frank and the Jobs Acts. Jim helps public and private companies on a variety of corporate, securities, and partnership matters, including public and private securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions.

Jim also has vast knowledge and understanding of corporate law, partnership law, and the stock exchange rules. He advises management, boards and board committees as to fiduciary duties, and corporate governance matters.

Jim works with clients across industry lines, including real estate, financial services, gaming and hospitality, and health sciences. He has deep knowledge in the structuring of real estate investment trusts and in representing them in IPOs and other securities offerings, acquisition transactions, and SEC compliance matters. He also represents several crowdfunding platforms.

Representative experience

Represented specialized commercial finance company in its corporate reorganization, US$340m IPO, and over US$2.5bn follow-on offerings.

Counsel to an office REIT in its approximately US$2bn sale to private equity firms.

Counsel to a California-based company in its SEC-registered redomestication as a Maryland real estate investment trust.

Representation of REIT's in their initial public offerings and numerous follow-on offerings.

Counsel to New York Stock Exchange-listed companies on corporate governance issues under SEC and NYSE rules and regulations.

Representation of American Homes 4 Rent in over US$3bn in capital transactions, including its IPO, additional offerings, and acquisitions.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., West Virginia University College of Law, 1979
  • A.B., magna cum laude, Duke University, 1975

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • West Virginia


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