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.
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.
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, Mobile Mini, Pernod Ricard, Pilot Flying J, Regal Beloit, SodaStream, 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 (2020), Chambers USA (2020) and Euromoney (2020). John has also appeared on a number of media outlets, including Bloomberg TV, Bloomberg Radio and CNBC.
Recent matters include the representation of:
- The Independent Directors of Mobile Mini, Inc. (NASDAQ: MINI) in its US$6.6 billion merger of equals with WillScot Corp. (NASDAQ: WSC).
- SodaStream International Ltd. (NASDAQ/TLV: SODA) in its US$3.2 billion sale to PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP).
- Harvest Partners on numerous acquisitions, including its investment in MRI Software, a leading provider of real estate management software solutions globally.
- Roark Capital Group and Inspire Brands, Inc. on numerous acquisitions, including its US$2.3 billion acquisition of Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ: SONC) and its acquisition of Jimmy John's LLC.
- DIC Corporation, a Japanese fine chemicals company, and its US subsidiary Sun Chemical Corporation, in its €1.15 billion acquisition of BASF's global pigments business, known as BASF Colors & Effects.
- Pernod Ricard SA, the world's second largest producer of wines and spirits, in its acquisition of Firestone & Robertson Distilling; and in its acquisition of a majority interest in Rabbit Hole Spirits, LLC.