Eckert Seamans Cherin and Mellott, LLC, a full-service national law firm, recently announced that James D. Dinnage has joined the Wilmington, Delaware office as Special Counsel. Dinnage recently retired from E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company after serving as mergers and acquisitions counsel and previously as General Counsel and Secretary of DuPont Performance Elastomers LLC and, before that, Invista Inc. He has practiced law for over 30 years in England and the United States, both in private practice and in-house.
“We are very excited to bring Jim’s extensive and diverse M & A practice, global network and high-level in-house counsel perspective to Eckert Seamans,” said CEO Timothy P. Ryan. “As outside counselors we strive to own our clients’ most important challenges and partner in finding solutions. Jim brings an unmatched insider’s viewpoint to this way of doing business, which I’m confident will serve as an invaluable resource to our clients.”
Added Francis G.X. Pileggi, Member-in-Charge of the firm’s Wilmington office, "Jim brings the benefit of many years of law firm and in-house counsel experience, which along with his deal-making skills, judgment and intellect will add materially to our highly-regarded corporate and business counseling practice. We feel very fortunate to have him among our ranks.”
As a former senior-level attorney in a publicly traded multinational corporation, Dinnage has led many important strategic initiatives for DuPont and its affiliate companies. Some of the more recent highlights of his distinguished career include serving as lead counsel for the $5.1 billion sale of DuPont's Performance Coatings business to The Carlyle Group (automotive and industrial paints), the acquisition of Innovalight by reverse merger (nanoparticle inks for solar panels) and the acquisition of a power generation business from ConocoPhillips. In addition, he spearheaded a restructuring of the DuPont Teijin Films joint venture (polyester film), the sale of DuPont’s polyester staple and resin business to DAK Americas and the buyout of a minority interest in DuPont Authentication Systems. Dinnage also served as counsel to DuPont Ventures, which invests capital, research, marketing and technology support into minority entrepreneurial pursuits and has recently helped support the company’s Industrial Biosciences initiatives.
Well beyond knowing the intricacies of chemicals industry transactions, Dinnage has a deep understanding of the practical and strategic needs of businesses. Throughout his career, he has structured, negotiated and helped implement numerous transactions, including asset and company acquisitions, divestitures, in-licenses and out-licenses, strategic alliances, joint ventures, research and development agreements, marketing and distribution arrangements, manufacturing and supply agreements, natural gas sales and pipeline agreements and a variety of other business arrangements, both domestically and internationally.
Dinnage earned his BA from Cambridge University, England, receiving First Class Honours in Law (an undergraduate subject in England) and the George Long Prize for Jurisprudence, and later went on to study at the Institut d’Etudes Europeennes, Universite Libre de Bruxelles in Brussels, Belgium, where he earned the equivalent to a masters degree in European Law, Economics and Politics.
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