James W. Dierking is a shareholder with Winthrop &
Weinstine, P.A., practicing in the areas of banking and finance, real estate, alternative
energy development, mergers and acquisitions, and financing. Jim also has extensive experience in the
multi-site retail industry, including gas and convenience stores, and fast food
and casual dining restaurants. He
co-leads a multi-disciplinary team of lawyers that provides full-service
representation to gas and convenience store owners and fuel distributors. The
team offers legal and practical advice in all areas affecting the gas and
convenience store industry, including real estate, land use, zoning, leasing,
environmental, finance, tax, employment, corporate, intellectual property,
succession planning, regulatory, mergers and acquisitions, and litigation. Their
skills and experience run the gamut from day-to-day operational issues to
unique and complex matters such as large acquisitions, new development and
In addition, for more than 20 years Jim has advised a wide
variety of clients in asset-based, commercial, construction and real estate
lending transactions including revolving lines of credit, term loans,
multiple-advance term facilities and letters of credit, as well as more
specialized New Markets Tax Credit, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, municipal
bond and Native American tribal financing transactions. His real estate experience includes the
development, purchase, sale and financing of retail, office, industrial and
other commercial properties with an emphasis on multi-site retail
transactions. Jim is also heavily
involved in the development and financing of wind and solar energy projects throughout
the Midwest, and co-manages the firm's Wind Development practice group.
$16.5M bond purchase from two separate issuing
municipalities for the construction of a new senior care facility in Eau
$2.8M construction and term loan for the rehabilitation and
construction of low-income housing units in Rice Lake, WI, involving Low-Income
Housing Tax Credits, state and federal Historic Tax Credits and multiple
additional funding sources.
$9.3M term loan relating to the acquisition, construction
and rehabilitation of an independent hotel project in La Crosse, WI, involving
state and federal Historic Tax Credits.
Represented a private equity firm in the financing and
acquisition of a quick-serve restaurant operation consisting of more than 220 locations
throughout the United States.
$12M New Markets Tax Credit transaction to a Native American
tribal-affiliated entity for the construction of a hotel.
$4M Low-Income Housing Tax Credit transaction for the
construction of an affordable senior housing project in Superior, WI.
$21M bond purchase and loan transaction for the financing of
the construction and operation of a senior housing facility in La Crosse, WI,
under a long-term ground lease, through the issuance of bonds by the Wisconsin
Health and Educational Facilities Authority.
$20M revolving line of credit, $15M multiple-advance
equipment term facility and $5M term loan to a group of nine affiliated
companies in the construction, site development, excavation and commercial
grading, landfill construction, environmental remediation, dredging and
utilities services business, by a syndication of lenders (represented Lead
Lender and Administrative Agent).
$40M revolving line of credit, $11M multiple-advance term
facility and $20M term loan to a group of 12 affiliated companies in the
construction and construction services business.
$20M loan facility for the acquisition and development of
multiple saltwater disposal wells in the Bakken region of North Dakota by a
group of ten affiliated entities, secured by leasehold mortgages, contract
assignments and all personal property assets.
$25M term loan facilities and $7M construction loan to a
group of eight affiliated companies in the general retail and automotive sales
businesses, secured by multiple parcels of real estate in multiple counties,
and including cross-guaranties.