John Reiss is the Global Head of White & Case's Mergers & Acquisitions Group. He has more than 30 years of experience representing parties in virtually all manner of M&A transactions in all industries.
The Global Mergers & Acquisitions Group includes more than 500 lawyers across all the Firm's offices. In 2016, White & Case was ranked #1 by deal value globally, according to Mergermarket and Bloomberg's M&A League Tables.
John's practice focuses on complex, multijurisdictional transactions, some of which have set new market precedents, and many of which have been recognized with national and international awards. Such major deals include Anthem's US$54.2 billion proposed acquisition of Cigna Corporation; Fortis' US$11.3 billion acquisition of ITC Holdings; Dr. Dennis Gillings, the founder of Quintiles, in Quintiles' merger with IMS Health Holdings for a combined enterprise value of more than US$23 billion; SodaStream International in its US$3.2 billion sale to PepsiCo, Inc; and Roark Capital Group and its portfolio company Arby's Restaurant Group, in Arby's US$2.9 billion acquisition of Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.
A diverse range of US and international clients has benefited from John's experience. His clients, from a range of industries, include Anthem, DISH Network Corporation, Fortis, Hess, ICBC, Pilot Flying J, Regal Beloit, SSAB Svenskt Stål AB, Toyota Industries and Ahold NV; as well as a variety of Private Equity firms such as Cobepa, CVC Capital Partners, Dominus Capital, Harvest Partners, Quad-C Management Inc. and Roark Capital.
John received his JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1984. He also received his MBA and his BS, summa cum laude, from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania in 1984 and 1981.
John is recognized in the fields of M&A, Private Equity, and Corporate Governance by many highly respected professional publications, including Chambers Global (2018), Chambers USA (2018), Euromoney (2018), Lawdragon (2015) and Super Lawyers (2018). John was the recipient of an M&A "Leadership Award" by The M&A Advisor (2016). He has also appeared on a number of media outlets, including Bloomberg TV, Bloomberg Radio and CNBC.