Global Head of White & Case's Mergers & Acquisitions Group, John 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, it was ranked #1 by deal value globally, according to Mergermarket and Bloomberg's M&A League Tables. The US National and New York M&A practices were also ranked among the "Elite" law firms by Chambers USA 2018.
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 proposed US$54.2 billion acquisition of Cigna Corporation, and Fortis' US$11.3 billion acquisition of ITC Holdings.
A diverse range of US and international clients has benefited from John's experience. His clients from a range of industries, include Anthem, Avast Software, DISH Network Corporation, Fortis, Hess, 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 Group.
John's leading contribution in the fields of M&A, Private Equity, and Corporate Governance is recognized by many highly respected professional publications, including Chambers, Euromoney and The Legal 500. He has also appeared on a number of media outlets, including Bloomberg TV, Bloomberg Radio and CNBC. The M&A Advisor awarded John with the "M&A Advisor Leadership Award" in 2016, honoring his outstanding career achievements and contribution to the M&A community.
Recent matters include the representation of:
- SodaStream International Ltd., in its US$3.2 billion sale to PepsiCo, Inc.
- Roark Capital Group and its portfolio company Arby's Restaurant Group, in Arby's US$2.9 billion acquisition of Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BWLD).
- Pernod Ricard, SA in its acquisition of a majority interest in Rabbit Hole Spirits, LLC and in the acquisition of Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co.
John received both his JD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1984 (as well as his MBA the same year), and received his BS from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981.