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James C. Vardell III

Partner, Corporate

James C. Vardell, III, is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His practice includes a broad range of corporate finance transactions, primarily focusing on syndicated bank financings, including acquisition financings, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, debtor‑in‑possession financings, asset‑based financings and other complex secured transactions, as well as more conventional financings, such as commercial paper back‑up and other revolving credit facilities, multicurrency facilities and letter of credit facilities.

Mr. Vardell’s practice also involves restructurings and he has experience in project financings, equipment financings, leveraged lease financings, synthetic leases and vendor financings.

Mr. Vardell has represented JPMorgan Chase Bank and Credit Suisse in connection with numerous financings. Mr. Vardell also has represented many clients as borrowers, including Cameron International, DuPont, First Solar, Flowserve, Genpact, INEOS Group, J.M. Huber, Lazard Group, Olin, Pepsi Bottling Group, Time Warner, Universal City Development Partners, Vivendi, The Washington Post, Weyerhaeuser and White Mountains Insurance.

Mr. Vardell has been repeatedly cited as one of the country’s leading practitioners in banking and finance by, among others, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2007 through 2014; Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2007 through 2014; The Best Lawyers in America from 2007 through 2015; PLC Which Lawyer?; and The International Who’s Who of Banking Lawyers. In addition, Cravath’s banking and finance practice received the publication’s highest ranking for maintaining “the gold standard for leveraged acquisition financings and syndicated credit facilities.”

Mr. Vardell comes from Columbia, South Carolina. He received a B.A. from Washington and Lee University in 1977 and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1980. He joined Cravath in 1980 and became a partner in 1987.

Mr. Vardell may be reached by phone at +1‑212‑474‑1900 or by email at

+1 (212) 474-1900
+1 (212) 474-3700