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James H. Nicoll


James joined Mackenzie Hughes in 2014 and is a partner in the firm’s Business Department. He represents public companies, private companies, private investment funds and investment banks in a wide spectrum of matters, including mergers & acquisitions, capital markets, commercial lending, commercial contracts, ongoing securities law compliance and corporate governance.  James frequently represents lenders and borrowers in connection with commercial finance transactions, including asset-backed and cash flow financings.  He also represents a number of technology start-up companies in Central New York and beyond. In his spare time, James enjoys fishing, snorkeling and skiing. He also enjoys playing sports with his two sons.

  • Representing clients in domestic and cross-border mergers, stock sales, asset sales and joint ventures, and representing investment banks in connection with the delivery of fairness opinions
  • Representing issuers, placement agents and underwriters in public and private debt and equity offerings, tender offers, exchange offers, PIPEs, at-the-market offerings and registered direct offerings
  • Representing clients with respect to distribution, supply, and franchise agreement matters. James regularly counsels clients with respect to SEC filings and Dodd-Frank Act compliance
  • 13 years practicing corporate law in New York City, the last 10 of which were at the law firm of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP


  • Board member at the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University
  • Board member at Museum of Science and Technology Foundation
  • Active member of the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network
  • Serves as a youth baseball and basketball coach
  • Frequent speaker at conferences and industry events relating to corporate and securities law
  • Author of numerous articles concerning current trends and developments in corporate and securities law
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University
  • Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania


  • New York State Bar


Mackenzie Hughes LLP Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

SYRACUSE, NY – Mackenzie Hughes LLP is pleased that eight of its lawyers have been named as Super Lawyers in the 2018 edition of New York Super Lawyers Upstate magazine. The list includes: Stephen T. Helmer, Business & Civil Litigation; Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice; Ami S. Longstreet, Estate Planning & Probate; Elder Law; James…

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Mackenzie Hughes LLP Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

Mackenzie Hughes LLP is pleased to announce Stephen T. Helmer, has been named as one of the Top 50 attorneys in Upstate New York for 2015 in the Super of New York Super Lawyers Upstate magazine. Also included in the 2015 are Elizabeth A. Hartnett, Estate and Probate; ; Ami S. Longstreet, Elder Law; James…

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James H. Nicoll Joins Mackenzie Hughes LLP

Mackenzie Hughes LLP is pleased to announce that James H. Nicoll has joined the firm as a partner in the business department. Nicoll’s practice will concentrate on representing public and private companies in a wide spectrum of matters, including general corporate, mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, venture capital, ongoing securities law compliance, and corporate governance.…

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Nine legal concepts that affect your investment if you make a non-controlling (minority) investment in a business.

Investors who make a non-controlling (minority) investment in a business must contend with a variety of legal issues as they negotiate the structure and terms of their investment.  Below is a brief overview of nine legal concepts with which every minority investor should be familiar. Priority Returns.  Companies are often structured to provide preferred or…

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I received an unexpected offer to purchase my business. What do I do now?

Many business owners have been caught off guard by the receipt of an unexpected offer from a third party to purchase their business. Here are six immediate steps that you should consider taking if this happens to you. 1) Request a letter of intent. If you haven’t received a signed letter of intent (LOI) from…

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