James Franco**

Director of Corporate and Business Development

*Names that appear with an asterisk indicate a Michael Best professional not admitted to practice law.

*Independent contractor teaming with Michael Best.


As the Director of Corporate and Business Development, Jim identifies potential synergies between U.S. and international businesses and Michael Best. With his considerable experience helping companies forge healthy, tactical, and sustainable relationships and his knowledge of the firm’s legal services, Jim connects businesses to Michael Best to form strategic partnerships.

He also works closely with firm leadership to look for opportunities that align with the firm’s business development strategy and initiatives.

Over the past 20 years, Jim has helped numerous businesses make important connections, leading to mutually beneficial partnerships. He spent many years in investment banking and working for a major New York-based law firm, where he began building a vast network of contacts throughout the Americas. He later served as a first vice president at UBS, the world's largest private bank, before establishing his international business consulting firm, Franco Ventures.

Jim splits his time between New York and Buenos Aires and travels to Michael Best’s offices across the country, as well as clients’ locations.

Credentials (background):

  • Series 7 Securities License
  • Series 63 Securities Laws License
  • Life and Health Insurance License
  • Property Insurance License
  • New York Real Estate License




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