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Jeffrey D.  Marell

Tel: +1-212-373-3105
Fax: +1-212-492-0105

New York

1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6064
Fax: +1-212-492-0105

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A partner in the Corporate Department, Jeff is the co-head of the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice, a member of the Private Equity Group and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Jeff is a nationally recognized transactional lawyer who focuses on a range of corporate matters. He has extensive experience representing strategic and private equity clients in the full spectrum of public and private merger and acquisition transactions, including negotiated and contested acquisitions and divestitures, minority investments and carve-out transactions. Jeff’s public company experience also includes numerous activist defense matters and special committee assignments.


Jeff’s recent transactions include representing:

  • Air Methods Corporation in its acquisition by affiliates of American Securities LLC
  • ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in its acquisition by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited
  • Berkshire Partners in its investment in Kendra Scott Design, Inc.
  • Bioverativ Inc. in its acquisition by Sanofi
  • Cigna in its acquisition of Brighter Inc.
  • CSRA in its acquisition by General Dynamics
  • DE Spirits, LLC and Eliza Spring, LLC in the sale of Deep Eddy Vodka and its distillery to Heaven Hill Brands
  • The special committee of the board of directors of Empire Resorts, Inc., owner of the Monticello Raceway, in its acquisition by Kien Huat Realty III Limited and Genting Malaysia Berhad
  • Encana Corp. in its acquisition of Newfield Exploration Company
  • Ericsson in multiple transactions, including its global business and technology alliance with Cisco; its separate sales of its Media Solutions business to One Equity Partners and a minority interest in its iconectiv subsidiary to Francisco Partners; its acquisition of Nortel Networks’s CDMA and LTE businesses; and in its separate acquisitions of Envivio, Inc., Apcera, Inc., Azuki Systems, Inc., MetraTech and Ambient Corp.
  • Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co., distillers of the TX Whiskey and Bourbon brands, in its sale to Pernod Ricard USA
  • JACK Entertainment LLC in its disposition of various regional gaming assets in Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan
  • Luxury Retreats in its acquisition by Airbnb
  • Pabst Brewing Company in its sale to a consortium comprised of Oasis Beverages and TSG Consumer Partners
  • Preferred Sands in multiple transactions, including a comprehensive restructuring that included the restructuring of indebtedness of more than $1.4 billion and the carve-out of certain of its in-basin production assets into a new entity, Signal Peak Silica, LLC; in connection with a debt and minority equity investment by affiliates of KKR; and in a recapitalization in connection with its acquisition of nearly all of the assets of Winn Bay Sand, creating one of the largest North American frac sand producers
  • PulteGroup, Inc., Crescent Communities, Dominion Homes, John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods, Oakwood Homes, Orleans Homes, Stanley-Martin Communities, UCP, Inc. and various other homebuilders in a variety of M&A transactions
  • Roark Capital Group in its acquisitions of Fitness Connection and Great Expressions Dental Centers as well as in its acquisition of a majority interest in Jimmy John’s Sandwiches
  • Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. in the sale of its global auto care business; its acquisition of the Hardware & Home Improvement Group of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.; and in the separate acquisitions of Tell Manufacturing, Inc. and Procter & Gamble’s European pet food business
  • Virtu Financial in its acquisition of Investment Technology Group; its sale of its fixed income trading venue BondPoint to Intercontinental Exchange; its acquisition of KCG Holdings and in the related investment in Virtu by North Island, GIC, Public Sector Pension Investment Board and another existing investor; and its merger with Madison Tyler Holdings and in a strategic growth investment in support of the transaction by Silver Lake Partners

Jeff’s work has earned him recognition as a leading M&A lawyer in the United States by Chambers and The Legal 500. He was featured in April 2011 on This Week in the Boardroom discussing “love letter” takeovers and has also participated in numerous M&A and private equity conferences as well as CLE courses. Jeff participated on the panel “A Discussion with the Dealmakers” at the Practising Law Institute’s Delaware Law Developments 2015. Additionally, he has co-authored two articles published in The Deal magazine titled “The Fine Print” and “In Search of Certainty: New, Limited Optionality in M&A Deals.”

Jeff was a member of the George Washington Law Review.

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