JAMES H. SINNOTT – Partner
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.
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VI BUI – Partner
Mr. Bui has over 15 years’ experience in general corporate and securities law as well as over 3 years’ experience in general civil litigation. He is also an experienced businessman, having successfully launched several companies. Previously, Mr. Bui was an Executive Vice-President and the General Counsel of the US asset origination subsidiary of a German investment company. The German managed funds specialized in alternative investments in the real estate, telecommunications, and life insurance asset classes.
Prior to that, Mr. Bui was the General Counsel of an insurance premium finance company where he was responsible for regulatory compliance and oversight of the firm’s related hedge fund. Previously, Mr. Bui was the General Counsel for a publicly traded wireline telecommunications provider, where he was responsible for overseeing all of its telecom, corporate, regulatory and securities matters, including the preparation and filing of its SEC filings as well as its private and public offering documents and Federal and State regulatory filings.
Previously, Mr. Bui was an associate with the Cutler Law Group where he practiced general corporate and securities law. In addition to his corporate and securities background, Mr. Bui was an associate of Royce, Grimm, Vranjes, McCormick & Graham in San Diego where he practiced civil litigation. Mr. Bui is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science. He achieved his Juris Doctor degree, with honors, from the University of San Diego School of Law and is admitted to the bars of the States of California and Georgia as well as the District of Columbia.
ED HARTWELL – Director of Business Development*
Mr. Hartwell has over 8 years’ experience in global and emerging market financing transactions, with specific emphasis on OPIC and EXIM transactions. Mr. Hartwell has strong connections in Latin America, Africa and Southeast Asia and is actively involved in the financing of public private partnerships in the region. Mr. Hartwell develops opportunities for the Firm’s project finance advisory group, focusing on financing of emerging market power and infrastructure projects.
Previously, Mr. Hartwell worked in the Capital Markets division of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank’s Atlanta office. While there, he focused on investment sales, credit tenant lease transactions, sale leaseback, office tenant representation, and project finance. He provided both advisory and transaction services with a niche in alternative energy. Prior to that, Mr. Hartwell served as Director of Client Services Southeast for the sports representation firm, GAAMES. Through this role he gained over 10 years of sales and sports management experience. His main responsibilities included contract/endorsement negotiations, sales presentation and career management. Previously, Mr. Hartwell served as assistant director of scouting for the Arizona Diamondbacks and played professional baseball for the San Francisco Giants.
Mr. Hartwell was a member of the Notre Dame Baseball team and voted captain in 1993. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and was named The Outstanding Student and Francis Patrick O’Conner winner at the University Notre Dame for the graduating class of 1993.
* Mr. Hartwell performs only non-legal project financing transactions and is not a licensed attorney.