James R. Tannenbaum

Morrison & Foerster LLP

James Tanenbaum serves as chair of the Morrison Foerster's Global Capital Markets practice. Mr. Tanenbaum has concentrated his practice on corporate finance and the structuring of complex domestic and international capital markets transactions.
     Mr. Tanenbaum represents issuers, including some of the nation's largest financial institutions, underwriters, agents, and other financial intermediaries, in public and private offerings of securities as well as issuers, investment banks, and purchasers in hybrid, mortgage-related, and derivative securities transactions. He has developed some of the most widely used hybrid techniques for the placement and distribution of securities.
     James works closely with leading investment banks to formulate new methodologies for securities offerings and to structure innovative financial products. He has also represented many technology-based companies, including biotech and medical device companies.
     Mr. Tanenbaum is a frequent lecturer on capital markets topics, and has lectured at the Securities and Exchange Commission, SIFMA and at a variety of securities industry groups. He lectures at law schools in the United States and abroad. He is the co-author of Covered Bonds Handbook, published by Practising Law Institute (2010), co-author of the treatise Exempt and Hybrid Securities Offerings, published by Practising Law Institute (2009) and also co-author of BNA Tax and Accounting Portfolio, SEC Reporting Issues for Foreign Private Issuers (BNA Accounting Policy and Practice Series, 2009). Additionally, Mr. Tanenbaum co-authored "Regulation of Financial Institutions, Financial Crises and Rescue Packages in Europe:  the Iceland Case," a chapter in Global Financial Crisis (Globe Law and Business, 2009) and "The Law: Legal and Regulatory Framework," a chapter in PIPEs:  A Guide to Private Investments in Public Equity (Bloomberg, 2006).
     Mr. Tanenbaum has been cited as a recommended lawyer for capital markets in the IFLR1000 Guide to Leading Lawyers, as one of America's leading lawyers for capital markets–debt and equity by Chambers USA and Chambers Global, as a recommended lawyer for capital markets–debt and equity transactions by The Legal 500 US, and as a recommended lawyer for capital markets–equity by PLC.


LL.D., Lehigh University (2013)
J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School (1975)
M.A., The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (1972)
B.A., Lehigh University (1971)

Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Portfolios:

5507 T.M., SEC Reporting Issues for Foreign Private Issuers (co-author)