Professional Biography
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James (Jim) Cruger Partner

  • Chicago

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    131 South Dearborn Street, Suite 1700

    Chicago, IL 60603-5559




Ranked by Chambers USA as a "Leading Corporate M&A: Private Equity Lawyer," Jim Cruger, head of the Chicago Private Equity Group, concentrates his practice in the areas of mergers, acquisitions, formation of private investment vehicles and joint ventures. Jim has represented numerous private equity funds and public companies in transactions during his 30-year career. Fund representation has included Blue Point Capital Partners, Brentwood Associates, Code Hennessy & Simmons, Explore Holdings, High Street Capital, Hilco Equity Partners, Huron Capital Partners, LaSalle Capital, Main Post Partners, Prospect Partners, Riverlake Equity Partners, SPO Partners and Wynnchurch Capital. Public company representation has included Deutsche Post DHL, Leggett & Platt, Voyager Learning Company and Strategic Hotel Capital (NYSE).

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Ranked by Chambers USA 10 Years in a Row

Professional Recognition

  • Ranked by Chambers USA, as "Leading Corporate M&A: Private Equity Lawyers", 2011 - 2020
  • Listed in Illinois "Leading Lawyers"
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2008 - 2021: Venture Capital Law
  • Listed in Illinois Law & Politics, "Super Lawyers", 2006, 2010 - 2011

*The Supreme Court of Illinois does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no certificate, award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.

Professional Leadership

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • American Bar Association





Bar and Court Admissions

  • Illinois


  • Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1986
  • Loras College, B.A., cum laude, 1983