James G. Leyden, Jr.

Director

302.651.7620
302.498.7620 (fax)
leyden@rlf.com
James Leyden, Jr. focuses on a wide variety of matters involving Delaware limited liability companies, limited partnerships, general partnerships, statutory trusts and corporations. He is actively involved in the organization, structuring and operation of LLCs and partnerships, including structured finance transactions; private equity investment fund matters; hedge fund transactions; merger, conversion, acquisition, and dissolution and winding-up transactions; joint venture transactions; strategic alliance transactions; and financing transactions. Jim also routinely renders legal opinion letters on limited liability company and limited partnership matters.
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James G. Leyden, Jr. focuses on a wide variety of matters involving Delaware limited liability companies, limited partnerships, general partnerships, statutory trusts and corporations. A director in the firm’s Limited Liability Company and Partnership Advisory Group, Jim is actively involved in the organization, structuring and operation of LLCs and partnerships, including structured finance transactions; private equity investment fund matters; hedge fund transactions; merger, conversion, acquisition, and dissolution and winding-up transactions; joint venture transactions; strategic alliance transactions; and financing transactions.

Jim routinely renders legal opinion letters on limited liability company and limited partnership matters. He is co-reporter of the Supplemental TriBar LLC Opinion Report: Opinions on LLC Membership Interests by the TriBar Opinion Committee; 66 Bus. Law. 1065 (2011). Jim is also co-reporter of Third-Party Closing Opinions: Limited Liability Companies by the TriBar Opinion Committee; 61 Bus. Law. 679 (2006).

Publications

  • Co-reporter, “Supplemental TriBar LLC Opinion Report: Opinions on LLC Membership Interests,” the TriBar Opinion Committee, The Business Lawyer, 2011
  • Co-reporter, “Third-Party Closing Opinions: Limited Liability Companies,” the TriBar Opinion Committee, The Business Lawyer, 2006

Presentations

  • "Working Group on Legal Opinions Spring 2015 Seminar," May 11, 2015
  • "Practical LLC and LP Opinions: What They Mean and How To Prepare Them," June 23, 2014
  • "Recent Developments in Delaware Corporate and Alternative Entity Law," May 22, 2013
  • "Hot Topics on Delaware Limited Liability Companies and Limited Partnerships," October 11, 2011
  • "Opinions on LLC Interests and Secondary Sales of Securities," June 1, 2011
  • "Institutional Investor Forum 2011," March 22, 2011
  • "Working Group on Legal Opinions Fall 2010 Seminar," October 19, 2010

Awards

  • AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chambers USA (Corporate/M&A: Alternative Entities)
  • The Best Lawyers in America (Business Organizations, Corporate Law, Securitization and Structured Finance Law)
  • Best Lawyers' Wilmington, DE Business Organizations Lawyer of the Year 2014
  • Best Lawyers' Wilmington, DE Securitization & Structured Finance Law Lawyer of the Year 2012
  • Lawdragon
  • Super Lawyers
  • Delaware Today Top Lawyer
  • The International Who's Who of Private Funds Lawyers

Leadership

  • Delaware State Bar Association, Corporation Law Section, Immediate Past Chair of the Limited Liability Company and Partnership Subcommittee responsible for drafting amendments to Delaware’s LLC and partnership statutes
  • American Bar Association, TriBar Opinion Committee
  • American Bar Association, Legal Opinion Committee

Education

  • J.D., Villanova University School of Law, 1987
  • B.S.A, magna cum laude, Villanova University, 1982

Admitted to Practice

  • Delaware

Education

  • J.D., Villanova University School of Law, 1987
  • B.S.A, magna cum laude, Villanova University, 1982

Publications

  • Co-reporter, “Supplemental TriBar LLC Opinion Report: Opinions on LLC Membership Interests,” the TriBar Opinion Committee, The Business Lawyer, 2011
  • Co-reporter, “Third-Party Closing Opinions: Limited Liability Companies,” the TriBar Opinion Committee, The Business Lawyer, 2006

Presentations

  • "Working Group on Legal Opinions Spring 2015 Seminar," May 11, 2015
  • "Practical LLC and LP Opinions: What They Mean and How To Prepare Them," June 23, 2014
  • "Recent Developments in Delaware Corporate and Alternative Entity Law," May 22, 2013
  • "Hot Topics on Delaware Limited Liability Companies and Limited Partnerships," October 11, 2011
  • "Opinions on LLC Interests and Secondary Sales of Securities," June 1, 2011
  • "Institutional Investor Forum 2011," March 22, 2011
  • "Working Group on Legal Opinions Fall 2010 Seminar," October 19, 2010

Awards

  • AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chambers USA (Corporate/M&A: Alternative Entities)
  • The Best Lawyers in America (Business Organizations, Corporate Law, Securitization and Structured Finance Law)
  • Best Lawyers' Wilmington, DE Business Organizations Lawyer of the Year 2014
  • Best Lawyers' Wilmington, DE Securitization & Structured Finance Law Lawyer of the Year 2012
  • Lawdragon
  • Super Lawyers
  • Delaware Today Top Lawyer
  • The International Who's Who of Private Funds Lawyers

Leadership

  • Delaware State Bar Association, Corporation Law Section, Immediate Past Chair of the Limited Liability Company and Partnership Subcommittee responsible for drafting amendments to Delaware’s LLC and partnership statutes
  • American Bar Association, TriBar Opinion Committee
  • American Bar Association, Legal Opinion Committee