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Jeffrey D.  Marell

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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 Global 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 notable transactions include representing:

  • The special transaction committee of independent directors of Agilysys in its sale of a minority stake to MAK Capital One
  • Air Methods in its sale to affiliates of American Securities 
  • ARIAD Pharmaceuticals in its sale to Takeda Pharmaceutical Co.
  • Berkshire Partners in its acquisition of a significant minority interest in Kendra Scott Design and its acquisition of FoodChain ID from Paine Schwartz Partners
  • Bioverativ in its sale to Sanofi
  • Catalent in the sale of its Blow-Fill-Seal (BFS) Sterile Contract Development and Manufacturing Business to SK Capital Partners
  • Cigna in its acquisition of Brighter 
  • CSRA in its sale to General Dynamics
  • DE Spirits and Eliza Spring in the sale of the Deep Eddy Vodka brand, and its distillery, to Heaven Hill Brands
  • The special committee of the board of directors of Empire Resorts in its sale to Kien Huat Realty III and Genting Malaysia Berhad
  • Encana (now known as Ovintiv) in its acquisition of Newfield Exploration Company
  • Ericsson in numerous transactions, including the formation of a global business and technology partnership with Cisco Systems; the sale of its Media Solutions business to One Equity Partners; the sale of a minority interest in iconectiv, an Ericsson subsidiary, to Francisco Partners; and in the separate acquisitions of Ambient, Apcera, Azuki Systems, Envivio, MetraTech and Nortel Networks’ North American Wireless business
  • Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. in its sale to Pernod Ricard USA
  • Inspire Brands, a Roark Capital Group portfolio company, in its acquisition of Dunkin’ Brands Group, the parent company of Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins; and in its acquisition of a majority interest in Jimmy John’s Sandwiches
  • JACK Entertainment in the sale of various regional gaming assets in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit and Kentucky 
  • Kraft Heinz in the pending sale of its natural, grated, cultured and specialty cheese businesses to Groupe Lactalis
  • Luxury Retreats in its sale to Airbnb
  • Magnachip Semiconductor Corporation in its sale to investment vehicles established by Wise Road Capital and certain of its limited partners
  • The Medicines Company in its sale to Novartis
  • National General Holdings in its sale to The Allstate Corporation
  • Pabst Brewing Company in its sale to Oasis Beverages and TSG Consumer Partners
  • Roark Capital Group in its acquisitions of Fitness Connection, Great Expressions Dental Centers and the ServiceMaster Brands businesses of ServiceMaster Global Holdings; and its investments in The Cheesecake Factory, Divisions Maintenance Group and US Sports Camps; Driven Brands, a Roark portfolio company, in its acquisition of International Car Wash Group; and Focus Brands, a Roark portfolio company, in its acquisition of Jamba Juice
  • Spectrum Brands Holdings in the sale of its Global Auto Care business to Energizer Holdings, and in the separate acquisitions of Procter & Gamble’s European Pet Food business, Stanley Black & Decker’s Hardware & Home Improvement Group, and Tell Manufacturing
  • Virtu Financial in numerous transactions, including its merger with Madison Tyler Holdings and a related strategic growth investment from Silver Lake Partners; the sale of its fixed-income trading solutions platform, BondPoint, to Intercontinental Exchange; its acquisition of KCG Holdings and the related investment from North Island, PSP Investments and Temasek; and its separate acquisition of Investment Technology Group
  • Numerous SPAC clients in a variety of transactions, including: Mosaic Acquisition Corp. in its merger with Vivint Smart Home; South Mountain Merger Corporation in its combination with Billtrust to form a publicly listed entity; and Trine Acquisition Corp. in its combination with Desktop Metal
  • Top U.S. homebuilders Crescent Communities, Dominion Homes, John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods, Oakwood Homes, Orleans Homebuilders, PulteGroup, Stanley-Martin Communities and UCP in various M&A transactions

Jeff’s work has earned him recognition as a leading M&A lawyer in the United States by Chambers and The Legal 500. In 2021, The American Lawyer named Jeff “Dealmaker of The Year” for his role advising Inspire Brands in its acquisition of Dunkin’ Donuts. 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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