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Bob Profusek Named Dealmaker of the Year

New York partner Bob Profusek was named Dealmaker of the Year by The American Lawyer in its April 2005 issue. "Dealmaker of the Year" is a prestigious accolade (only a dozen or so lawyers receive it in any given year), and in the six-year history of these awards, Profusek is the first M&A lawyer from Jones Day to be named.

The magazine cited Profusek’s remarkable string of 10 noteworthy deals in 2004, which in many ways was his best year in a distinguished 29-year career. Two of Wall Street’s savviest dealmakers, Wilbur Ross and Bruce Wasserstein, each turned twice last year to teams led by Profusek, for such deals as the groundbreaking creation of International Coal Group, the industry-redefining sale of International Steel Group, and the highly publicized acquisition of New York magazine.

The year’s crowning deal, on which The American Lawyer focused, was Jones Day’s representation of Nextel in its merger with Sprint, shepherding a tricky $46 billion "merger of equals" to conclusion. Profusek’s prior history of big-ticket, innovative M&A has ranged from representation of Gillette in its celebrated takeover defenses and GM in its joint venture with Toyota in the 1980s to Federated in its unsolicited takeover of Macy’s and Ernst & Young in the spinoff of its consulting business in the 1990s.

The The American Lawyer’s profile of Profusek in PDF format is available on our web site.

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