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Jeffrey L. Kochian

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New York, NY 10019-6064
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Jeffrey Kochian is a partner in the Corporate Department and a member of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group and Private Equity Group. Jeff’s practice focuses on private equity firms, portfolio companies and other private and public companies on mergers, acquisitions, sales, joint ventures and other complex transactions. He also represents public companies and private funds on corporate governance, fiduciary and securities issues and shareholder activism and defense.


Jeff’s M&A experience has included:

  • Apollo Global Management in various transactions, including:
    • its investment in Alorica Inc.
    • its acquisition of EmployBridge
    • its $1.93 billion acquisition of Great Canadian Gaming Corp.
    • its acquisition of Great Wolf Resorts, Inc.
    • Hughes Communications, a portfolio company of Apollo, in its $1.3 billion sale to EchoStar Corporation
  • Alden Global Capital in its acquisition of Tribune Publishing Company
  • Alliance Data Systems in its $2.3 billion acquisition of Conversant Inc.
  • Cerberus Capital Management in its sale of Silverleaf Resorts
  • Cimarex Energy in its $1.5 billion acquisition of Resolute Energy Corporation
  • DataSite Global Corporation (f/k/a Merrill Corporation) in various transactions, including:
    • its sale to CapVest Partners
    • the sale of its financial and nonfinancial printing businesses to Toppan Leefung
    • the sale of its real estate and franchise business to Xpressdocs Holdings
    • the sale of VITAC Corporation to The Gores Group
  • Diamondback Energy in various transactions, including:
    • its $9.2 billion acquisition of Energen Corporation
    • its $2.2 billion acquisition of QEP Resources
  • Durational Capital and The Jordan Company in their acquisition of Bojangles’
  • Kayne Andersen Capital in its sale of 19 student housing properties
  • Kingston Technology, as a member of a consortium led by Bain Capital, in the $18 billion acquisition of Toshiba Memory Corporation (n/k/a Kioxia Corporation)
  • Searchlight Capital Partners, alongside Rêv Worldwide, Inc., in their $1 billion acquisition of the consumer business of Netspend
  • Spire Inc. (f/k/a Laclede, Inc.) in a number of transactions, including:
    • its $1.6 billion acquisition of an Alabama gas utility company from Energen and the related debt and equity financings
    • the purchase of two gas utilities from Energy Transfer Equity, and subsequent sale of one of those assets to Algonquin Power
    • the acquisition of EnergySouth, Inc., the parent company of Mobile Gas
  • Starboard Value Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, in its $3.4 billion merger with Cyxtera Technologies
  • S.A.C. Capital Advisors in a private placement that helped launch S.A.C. Re, Ltd., a Bermuda-based reinsurer whose founding investors include Steven A. Cohen and Capital Z. Partners III, and in the subsequent sale of S.A.C. Re’s operating assets

Jeff’s other corporate/governance experience has included:

  • Corvex Management in its investments in Energen and The Williams Companies, and the subsequent partial sale of its stake in Energen to Icahn Enterprises
  • Luxor Capital Group in a funding round from RCS Capital Corporation (n/k/a Aretec Group, Inc.)
  • Pegasus Capital Advisors in several private placements issued by Lighting Science Group Corporation
  • A U.S.-based life sciences fund in its various venture investments
  • a NYSE-listed chain of movie theaters as an investor in the operator of the largest in-theater digital media network in North America in that company’s defense against an activist investor

Jeff has been widely recognized by a number of industry publications including Chambers USA, The Legal 500, IFLR1000 and M&A Advisor, among others, for his work in M&A and shareholder activism.

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