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 Leyden, Jr. focuses on a wide variety of matters involving Delaware limited liability companies, limited partnerships, general partnerships, statutory trusts, and corporations. 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.

Chambers praises Jim’s “very deep understanding,” calling him “definitely one of the best attorneys on limited liability corporation matters” (Chambers USA, 2018). Jim routinely renders legal opinion letters on limited liability company and limited partnership matters. He is co-reporter of “Third-Party Closing Opinions: Limited Partnerships” by the TriBar Opinion Committee, “Supplemental TriBar LLC Opinion Report: Opinions on LLC Membership Interests” by the TriBar Opinion Committee, and “Third-Party Closing Opinions: Limited Liability Companies” by the TriBar Opinion Committee.

Publications

  • Co-reporter, “Third-Party Closing Opinions: Limited Partnerships,” the TriBar Opinion Committee, 73 Bus. Law. 1107 (2018)  View >>
  • Co-reporter, “Supplemental TriBar LLC Opinion Report: Opinions on LLC Membership Interests,” the TriBar Opinion Committee, 66 Bus. Law. 1065 (2011)
  • Co-reporter, “Third-Party Closing Opinions: Limited Liability Companies,” the TriBar Opinion Committee, 61 Bus. Law. 679 (2006)

Presentations

  • "Working Group on Legal Opinions Fall 2017 Seminar," October 30, 2017
  • "ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting," September 16, 2017
  • "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

  • 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
  • AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

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

Practices

  • Limited Liability Company and Partnership Advisory

Education

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

Publications

  • Co-reporter, “Third-Party Closing Opinions: Limited Partnerships,” the TriBar Opinion Committee, 73 Bus. Law. 1107 (2018)  View >>
  • Co-reporter, “Supplemental TriBar LLC Opinion Report: Opinions on LLC Membership Interests,” the TriBar Opinion Committee, 66 Bus. Law. 1065 (2011)
  • Co-reporter, “Third-Party Closing Opinions: Limited Liability Companies,” the TriBar Opinion Committee, 61 Bus. Law. 679 (2006)

Presentations

  • "Working Group on Legal Opinions Fall 2017 Seminar," October 30, 2017
  • "ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting," September 16, 2017
  • "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

  • 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
  • AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

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