Overview

Jim Audette is a partner in Chapman’s Corporate and Securities Department and a member of the Private Funds Group and the Investment Management Group.

Jim focuses his practice on investment management and investment funds, with a particular emphasis on digital assets. He has represented a wide variety of sponsors and funds that focus on cryptocurrency, staking, DeFi investing, and digital asset derivatives strategies. Jim has also represented fund sponsors in the impact investing space. He has significant experience representing both private and registered investment companies and their sponsors, and has assisted in the creation, offering, registration, and ongoing compliance obligations of a variety of investment companies, including mutual funds, ETFs, closed-end funds, interval funds, commodity funds, hedge funds, and unit investment trusts. Jim has represented registered investment advisers and broker-dealers regarding filings and interactions with securities regulators, including registration statements, periodic reporting, and no-action and exemptive relief requests with the SEC, CFTC, and FINRA.

In addition to his registered investment company practice, Jim also represents institutional investors of private investment funds, including private equity funds, hedge funds, and real estate funds. Jim regularly negotiates and structures private fund investments on behalf of public pension plans, financial institutions, and family offices.

Jim’s capital markets and corporate governance experience includes acting as issuer’s and underwriters’ counsel in investment-grade debt offerings and exchange offers for several Fortune 500 companies, including large public utilities and railroads. He has also assisted in the preparation of proxy materials for reporting companies’ annual meetings and has successfully contested the inclusion of activist shareholder proposals in those materials with the SEC.

Jim’s mergers and acquisition experience includes acting as buyer’s counsel in acquisitions of and asset purchases from banks, bank holding companies, and investment advisers, including the negotiation of definitive agreements and the drafting and filing of registration statement/proxy materials with the SEC.

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Illinois

Michigan

Education

University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2012

  • Notes Editor, Journal of College and University Law

Loyola University, Chicago, B.B.A., Economics, cum laude, 2009

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