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James B. Fipp

Senior Associate

James B. Fipp

Jim Fipp helps companies break down complex legal issues so that they can focus on the success of their businesses.

Jim started his career at Cargill, Inc., directing the business operations for various districts within the Animal Nutrition Division. At Hogan Lovells, Jim translated that experience into a secondment as Senior M&A Counsel at The WhiteWave Foods Company. During his secondment, he worked directly with the executive team to advance the vision of the company through strategic acquisitions.

His experience handling the day-to-day operations for a leading agriculture company helps him decipher the legal issues private and public companies face in corporate transactions, and helps companies look beyond the transaction into the future.

Jim advises on all aspects of corporate transactions both domestically and internationally. He primarily focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, representing public and private companies and private equity investors. He has handled cross-border transactions in Canada, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, and India for a variety of industries, including oil and gas, food and beverage, manufacturing, distribution, and media and entertainment.

In law school, Jim served as the Articles Editor of the University of Wyoming Law Review. He also served as a legal intern for the Honorable Alan B. Johnson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming.

Representative Experience

Represented MarkWest Energy Partners in various acquisitions and dispositions of natural gas gathering, processing, and treatment facilities.

Regular outside mergers and acquisitions counsel to Diversified Foodservice Supply, Inc., a leading distributor of restaurant equipment and supplies.

Represent a leading leveraged buyout firm with over US$4bn in invested capital in numerous competitive and proprietary platform company acquisitions.

Represented TransMontaigne, LLC in its sale of Canterm Canadian Terminals, Inc.

Represented Fort Dearborn Company, a leading supplier of cut & stack, pressure sensitive, rollfed and other labels, in its acquisition of AC Label LLC.

Advised the Board of Interior Specialists Holdings, Inc. with respect to a reorganization transaction.

Represented a Denver venture capital-backed company in transactions comprising approximately US$12m of preferred stock and convertible debt financing.

Regular outside mergers and acquisitions counsel to Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE), the nation's largest motion picture theatre company.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., Order of the Coif, University of Wyoming College of Law, 2009
  • B.S., California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 2002


  • Member, Advisory Council of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Animal Science Department
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association
  • Member, Denver Bar Association
  • Member, Wyoming Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Colorado
  • Wyoming

Court admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Wyoming


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