Ismail H.Alsheik (Ish)

Partner

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Ish Alsheik advises public companies, private companies, and sponsors on domestic and cross-border acquisitions, dispositions, workouts, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and financing transactions. He has counseled both buyers and sellers in dozens of competitive auctions, including those with resulting transactions that entail closing prices in excess of $1 billion.

Recently, Ish advised Cardinal Health in the $1.2 billion sale of its Cardinal Health China distribution business to Shanghai Pharmaceuticals Holding Co.; USI Insurance Services, a portfolio company of KKR and CDPQ, on the acquisition of Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA from Wells Fargo & Company; and a consortium that includes Digital Bridge Holdings, a leading global communications infrastructure company, Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments), and TIAA Investments (an affiliate of Nuveen) on the acquisition and related financing of Vantage Data Centers, a leading provider of data center solutions in support of mission-critical applications.

In addition to his transactional practice, Ish advises boards of directors, senior management, and investors on a broad range of governance, compliance, and other sensitive matters.

Companies with which Ish has worked include Boeing, Cardinal Health, Follett, JLL, MYR Group, and Nutrien. He has worked with sponsors including Digital Bridge, Prime Ventures, and Quintana Capital, among others.

Ish is a member of the Northwestern University Law School Fund Board.

Experience

Engage PEO acquired by Lightyear Capital
Jones Day advised Engage PEO, a professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses across the U.S., in its acquisition by Lightyear Capital.

Civolution invests in Kinetiq
Jones Day represented Civolution Holdings in its investment in Kinetiq, a leader in TV data and analytics.

Usabilla sold to SurveyMonkey
Jones Day advised Usabilla in the sale of the company to SurveyMonkey, a California-based, NASDAQ-listed global survey software company.

Vantage Data Centers acquires Canadian-based 4Degrees Colocation for approximately $200 million
Jones Day advised Vantage Data Centers, a leading provider of data centers in support of business and mission-critical applications, in connection with the acquisition and related financing of Canadian-based 4Degrees Colocation from Videotron Ltd., a Quebecor Media Inc. (QMI) subsidiary, for approximately $200 million.

DataBank to acquire LightBound
Jones Day is advising DataBank in the acquisition of LightBound, an Indianapolis-based provider of colocation, Internet, voice, network, and cloud services.

LaSalle acquires $7 billion Real Estate Multi-Manager business and management of €1.7 billion pan-European fund from Aviva Investors
Jones Day advised Jones Lang Lasalle Incorporated’s subsidiary LaSalle Investment Management on its agreement to acquire the entire Real Estate Multi-Manager (“REMM”) business of Aviva Investors and full ownership of the management of the Encore+ fund (“Encore+”).

Cardinal Health sells its Cardinal Health China distribution business to Shanghai Pharmaceuticals for $1.2 billion
Jones Day advised Cardinal Health in the $1.2 billion sale of its Cardinal Health China distribution business to Shanghai Pharmaceuticals Holding Co., Ltd.

USI Insurance Services acquires Wells Fargo Commercial Insurance business
Jones Day advised USI Insurance Services ("USI"), a portfolio company of KKR and CDPQ, on the acquisition of Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc. ("WFIS") from Wells Fargo & Company.

DB DataCenter Holdings and DataBridge Parent refinance credit facility
Jones Day represented DB DataCenter Holdings Inc., certain of its subsidiaries, and DataBridge Parent, Inc. in connection with a first lien credit facility with SunTrust Bank as administrative agent and a second lien credit facility with AB Private Credit Investors LLC as administrative agent.

DataBank acquires Edge Hosting
Jones Day advised Digital Bridge Holdings in the acquisition, by portfolio company DataBank, Ltd., of Edge Hosting.

Digital Bridge in consortium with PSP Investments and TIAA Investments acquires Vantage Data Centers
Jones Day advised a consortium which includes Digital Bridge Holdings, LLC, a leading global communications infrastructure company, Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments), and TIAA Investments (an affiliate of Nuveen), on the acquisition and related financing of Vantage Data Centers, a leading provider of data center solutions in support of mission-critical applications.

DataBank acquires data center facilities from 365 Data Centers
Jones Day advised DataBank, Ltd., a Digital Bridge portfolio company, in its acquisition of network neutral data center facilities in both Cleveland and Pittsburgh from 365 Data Centers.

DataBank acquires C7 DataCenters, Inc.
Jones Day advised DataBank Holdings Ltd. ("DataBank"), a portfolio company of Digital Bridge LLC, in connection with DataBank's acquisition of C7 DataCenters, Inc., a provider of data center services including colocation, cloud services, managed hosting, managed services, virtualization, business computer support, IT consulting services, and disaster recovery.

JLL acquires Advanced Technologies Group
Jones Day advised JLL, a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services, in its acquisition of Advanced Technologies Group, a leading U.S. technology-driven consulting firm that helps hospitals, health systems, and universities automate and proactively address regulatory compliance requirements.

Civolution invests in 4C Insights
Jones Day advised Civolution B.V., a provider of technology solutions and services for identifying, managing, and monetizing media content, in connection with its purchase of Series C Convertible Preferred Stock in a private placement by 4C Insights, Inc., a data science software company that is powering the future of advertising.

Digital Bridge acquires DataBank
Jones Day advised Digital Bridge Holdings, LLC, an investment firm that owns and operates communications infrastructure assets, on its acquisition of DataBank, Ltd., a leading North American provider of enterprise-class data center solutions including colocation, managed services, as well as cloud and network services, from Avista Capital Partners.

Follett acquires Baker & Taylor
Jones Day advised Follett Corporation in its acquisition of Baker & Taylor, LLC, the leading distributor of books, video, and music products to public libraries and institutions, and a major wholesaler to retailers worldwide.

Follett acquires Classbook
Jones Day advised Follett Corporation in its acquisition of the assets of @AGlance Software Inc. (d/b/a Classbook.com), an online marketer, seller, and distributor of textbooks (including ebooks) and provider of online educational services.

Follett acquires allCanes
Jones Day advised Follett Corporation in its acquisition of the assets of allCanes Corp., an online and storefront retailer of merchandise and apparel.

Asmodee Group acquires Mayfair Games and English language rights to Catan brand
Jones Day advised The Asmodee Group in its acquisition of Mayfair Games, Inc. and the English language rights to the Catan brand.

The following represents experience prior to joining Jones Day.

Asset deals:

Advised a publicly traded, U.S.-based global marketer of consumer and commercial products on its acquisitions of a range of businesses.

Advised a publicly traded, Canada-based global consumer products company on acquisitions of manufacturers of premium bicycles and bicycle accessories.

Advised a leading American specialty food producer (a portfolio company of a private equity firm) on the add-on acquisition of a specialty baked goods business.

Advised a manufacturer of control systems for commercial vehicles (a portfolio company of a private equity firm) on the acquisition of a manufacturer of mechanical and electronic controls.

Advised a private equity firm on the acquisition of a leading provider of portable irrigation products in the U.S.

Advised a logistics firm on the sale of the assets of a business that provides hosted solutions for logistics management.

Advised a private equity firm on the acquisition of a manufacturer of single-use foodservice plastic products.

Stock deals:

Advised a private equity firm on the acquisition of a provider of laser hair removal and noninvasive aesthetic services.

Advised a publicly traded telecommunications company on the acquisition of a publicly traded peer company.

Acquisition of a privately held homebuilder in the U.S. by a Dubai-based, publicly held real-estate development company.

Advised a private equity firm on the acquisition of a national remediation and facility services company.

Advised a private equity firm on the acquisition of an aftermarket distributor of heavy-duty truck and trailer parts.

Advised a private equity firm on the acquisition of a mobile storage systems manufacturer.

Securities and Debt:

Advised a publicly traded energy firm on the issuance of $700 million of notes.

Advised a publicly traded energy firm on the establishment of a dividend reinvestment plan.

Provided Section 16 and Rule 144 advice to a significant stockholder of a public company.

Corporate Governance & Board Advice:

Advised several companies and their boards in connection with a wide range of Securities Exchange Commission and corporate governance matters.

Additional Publications

  • May-June 2013Delaware: Reverse Triangular Mergers Don't Result in Assignment, Deal Lawyers
  • September 2, 2011Achaian: Lessons for Drafting LLC Agreements, Law360
  • June 2011Contract Hit: The Effect of Reverse Triangular Mergers on Anti-Assignment Clauses is Now in Doubt in Delaware, The Deal

Speaking Engagements

  • May 10-11, 2018Legal and Regulatory Developments Shaping 2018 M&A, Chicago Chapter of Association of Corporate Counsel
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