Overview

Jim Pfau represents borrowers, lenders (including administrative agents and arrangers) and other clients in a variety of complex financing and other commercial transactions, including senior secured and unsecured corporate credit facilities, supply-chain finance transactions, private equity lending, and commercial sales of goods and services. He focuses on the law of secured transactions, issues in syndicated lending, acquisition finance and agribusiness finance. Jim’s representation of borrowers and administrative agents in recent years has included individual credit facilities ranging from $2 million to $10 billion.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Minnesota

Education

University of Michigan Law School
J.D. magna cum laude, Law Review (associate and senior editor) (1983)

Northwestern University
B.S.J. with distinction (1979)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Developments in Commercial Lending
    Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Banking Law Institute, March 31, 2017
  • Security Interests in Fixtures — Creation, Perfection and Priority
    Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Real Estate Institute, October 22, 2015
  • Unlucky 13: Thirteen Loan Documentation Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
    Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Banking Law Institute, April 10, 2015
  • 9 for 9: Nine Things That Every Dirt Lawyer Should Know About Article 9
    Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Real Estate Institute, November 13, 2014
  • “'You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)’: Is There Anything New to Say About Debtor’s Names?” and “’Twist and Shout’: The 1st Source Bank Decision”
    Minnesota Continuing Legal Education Business Law Institute, May 6, 2014
  • Security Interests in Proceeds of Collateral
    Strafford Publications, Inc., October 1, 2013

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association — Uniform Commercial Code and Commercial Finance Committee (co-chair, 2006-present); Business Law Section (chair, 2016-17)

Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America — Banking and Finance Law, Securitization and Structured Finance Law, 2009-19 (Minneapolis Banking and Finance Lawyer of the Year, 2014, 2018)
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