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James C. Vardell III

Retired Partner, Corporate

James C. Vardell, III, retired from Cravath’s Corporate Department in December 2014. His practice included 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 involved restructurings, project financings, equipment financings, leveraged lease financings, synthetic leases and vendor financings.

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

While a partner at Cravath, Mr. Vardell was 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; Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business; The Best Lawyers in America; PLC Which Lawyer?; and The International Who’s Who of Banking Lawyers.

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