Our Team

JAMES H. SINNOTT – Member

 

Mr. Sinnott has over 19 years’ experience in corporate and securities law, investment banking, project finance and alternative asset investment management. He is also an experienced businessman, having successfully launched and grown several companies.  

 

From 1995 to 2005 Mr. Sinnott practiced law at several prestigious US law firms. Most recently, he helped lead the Insurance Capital Markets Group of the Atlanta office of Lord, Bissell & Brook LLP. Immediately prior to that, he was a senior member of Morris, Manning & Martin LLP’s Real Estate Capital Market Group. His practice focused on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, public and private debt and equity offerings, and SEC reporting for clients in the insurance, financial services, private equity, and REIT and real estate fund industries or for the sources of capital that fund companies in such industries..

 

During his tenure as an M&A and Securities lawyer, Mr. Sinnott was counsel for hundreds of transactions with combined transaction values of well over $7B USD.  He represented clients in their formation, joint-venture, investment, roll-up, public and private securities offering, ongoing corporate governance and securities law compliance matters. He was primary counsel in numerous registered public offerings (including several IPOs) and private offerings of securities (including common stock, preferred stock, warrants, and senior and subordinated debt securities).  During the last several years of his practice, Mr. Sinnott served as issuer’s counsel in securities offerings in excess of several billion – much of this for Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and real estate funds including Behringer Harvard Funds, a sponsor and operator of several multi-billion dollar REITs. 

 

Prior to forming Sinnott & Company, Mr. Sinnott was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the US asset origination subsidiary of a German investment company that he built from the ground up to 60 employees and $30M in revenue.  The German managed funds specialized in alternative investments in the real estate, telecommunications, and life insurance asset classes.  Mr. Sinnott obtained a B.A. in economics from the State University of New York, College at Geneseo and was awarded a Juris Doctorate with honors in law, from the University of Georgia.  He is admitted to the bar of the State of Georgia.

RANDALL W. JOHNSON – Senior Counsel                                                              Direct Phone:  404-966-3245
                                                                                                                                   

Mr. Johnson is a highly experienced, AV Rated* securities, capital markets and finance lawyer with a special focus on U.S. and international regulations applicable to the Blockchain industry.  He has more than 30 years of legal experience providing counsel to clients relating to capital markets, securities offerings, technology, trade finance, and other matters.  Mr. Johnson is an acknowledged leader in laws applicable to the organization of Blockchain companies, smart-contract “token” design, and offerings of “smart contract” tokens.  Previously, Mr. Johnson was senior counsel at Locke Lord, LLP, a national law firm, and a partner at Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, a leading technology law firm. 

His recent experience includes:

  • Advising two governments on the creation of new laws to govern Blockchain projects and cryptocurrencies

  • Advising a leading Blockchain incubator on structuring their portfolio Blockchain projects

  • Advising several new Blockchain projects regarding company structure, token design, and international regulatory compliance

  • Advising on development and launch of one of the first publicly-registered Bitcoin investment funds

  • Advising on development and launch of two cryptocurrency hedge funds

  • Structuring and implementing trade finance programs for several international trade finance companies

  • Representing companies and investors in registered securities offerings, private placements and venture capital investments across many industries

 

Mr. Johnson obtained his B.A. in political science from Emory University and his J.D. from Emory Law School. He is admitted to the bar in the State of Georgia. 

 

Mr. Johnson’s linkedin is: https://www.linkedin.com/in/randall-johnson-369a84b5/

 

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