In practice for more than 40 years, Jim Markus is a preeminent finance attorney who focuses on commercial lending, corporate finance, loan workouts and restructuring. Representing financial institutions, corporations, private equity firms and other businesses, Jim is dedicated to understanding his clients’ businesses and designing practical solutions to address the risks and opportunities they face.
Jim has worked with regional, money center, and foreign banks as well as other financial institutions in all types of commercial loans, with an emphasis on syndicated financings, and has deep experience in asset-based lending, leveraged acquisitions and letters of credit. Over many years, he has handled workouts of troubled loans, including in-court and out-of-court restructurings.
In addition to his vast experience with financial institutions, Jim has worked with companies from a diverse array of industries, ranging from oilfield services and food distribution to wineries. He has also served as pro bono counsel to the Dallas Children’s Theater for many years, including handling the financing for the acquisition and construction of their current facility.
Known for a careful and deliberate approach, Jim is one of only a few lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in America under both banking law, and bankruptcy and creditor/debtor law. Jim’s work in banking and finance is noted in Chambers USA, where one client describes him as “a terrific lawyer” and “a thorough practitioner” (2019).