Aarthi Belani focuses on M&A and venture deals in the tech and life sciences arena. She represents strategic acquirers, especially in cross-border deals, venture capital funds, corporate venture capital, and emerging growth technology companies. She has also represented the sell-side and advised on sustainability, impact investment, health care, and financial services deals.
Prior to joining Jones Day, Aarthi was on the in-house legal team covering strategy and corporate development at Credit Suisse in New York. In addition, she was a member of the Sustainability Network, a Credit Suisse OneBank (cross-divisional) initiative to develop impact investment products. At the start of her career, Aarthi was an associate in the New York office of an international law firm for five years, where she worked on complex cross-border M&A and innovative development finance.
She is a mentor for the Unreasonable Group (a program for entrepreneurs); a Leadership Committee member of How Women Lead, which is part of the campaign to increase the representation of women on corporate boards; and a director of Bidoun, a not-for-profit publishing, curatorial, and educational initiative that prints a quarterly magazine showcasing art and culture from the Middle East.
The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.
Represented Credit Suisse in private equity divestitures including the sale of CFIG, the customized fund-of-funds business, to Grosvenor Capital Management (more than $40 billion AuM post-combination); the sale to Blackstone of Strategic Partners, a secondaries fund-of-funds business with $9 billion AuM; and, among others, the multiparty negotiation of disposition of businesses' proprietary software.
Represented RxHub, founded by the largest pharmacy benefit managers in the U.S. (CVS Caremark, Express Scripts, and Medco), in merger of e-prescribing networks with SureScripts, formed by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association.
Represented the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in its Product (RED) commercial-charitable co-marketing venture with American Express, Apple, Gap, Motorola, and others to donate a percentage of profits from all (RED)-marketed products to the Global Fund's programs.
Represented the Republic of Liberia in a $1.5 billion restructuring of external commercial debt under the Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative of the World Bank and IMF.
Represented Evraz Group S.A. in a $4.03 billion acquisition of Sweden's SSAB Svenskt Stål AB's North American plate and pipe business and tube operations and concurrent sale of U.S. tube operations to Russia's OAO TMK as well as in a $565 million acquisition by tender offer of Claymont Steel Holdings, Inc.
Represented Ricoh Company in licensing issues related to its joint venture with the printing systems division of IBM.
Represented Citibank N.A. in a $1.45 billion acquisition of The BISYS Group, Inc. and concurrent sale of insurance and retirement services divisions to J.C. Flowers & Co. and later sale of broker-dealer to Foreside.
Represented AIG Global Investment Group in the acquisition of P&O Ports North America, Inc. from Dubai Ports World.
Represented Bank of America in the sale of its $2 billion Argentine banking business to Standard Bank of South Africa Limited.
Represented Financial Security Assurance Inc. in a Chilean road infrastructure concessionaire's guaranty-backed bond issuance.
Counseled Grameen Foundation on its growth guarantees program, an innovative financing program for microfinance institutions where major international bank standby letters of credit are leveraged locally to obtain direct loans, securitizations, and private placements.
- January 25, 2020
Convergence Transactions: A Lawyer’s Perspective, Managed Healthcare Executive
- November 18, 2019
Navigating the Mergers and Acquisitions Experience webinar, How Women Lead
- October 21-24, 2019
Mentor, Unreasonable Group
- September 12, 2019
Financial Poise Webinar: Private Company Board of Directors Boot Camp, West LegalEdcenter
- September 10, 2019
Financial Poise Webinar: Key Provisions in M&A Agreements, West LegalEdcenter
- April 23, 2018
Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) Impact Institute
- January 18, 2018
Financial Poise Webinar: The M&A Process: Understanding the Lifecycle of a Deal & Basic Deal Documents
- December 6, 2017
Impact in Action: Diversity Driving Revenue
- October 5, 2017
CLE Panel on Social Impact Bonds, 42nd Annual Bond Attorneys' Workshop
- May 10, 2017
Financial Poise Webinar: Business Law Dumbed Down, Episode #4
- April 2016
Practitioner-in-Residence, 2015-2016 Big Ideas Contest at the Blum Center
- February 24, 2016
Key Provisions in M&A, Private Company M&A Boot Camp
- February 11, 2016
Impact Capitalism Train Stop
- June 12, 2015
Hot Topics in Startup/Venture Capital Law, panelist, South Asian Bar Association of North America 2015 Convention
- February 28, 2015
Mentor, girlTank (accelerator)
- November 13, 2014
Mentor, Unreasonable Institute (accelerator)
- April 9-11, 2008
What Can We Learn from Public-Private Partnerships in Infrastructure?, Public-Private Investment Partnerships in Health Systems Strengthening, 909th Wilton Park Conference
- April 14-16, 2005
A Case Study in Human Rights Accountability: Haiti and the Inter-American Development Bank, Lessons Learned from Rights Based Approaches to Health, Emory University
- New York University (LL.M. 2005; Junior Fellowship, Institute for International Law and Justice; J.D. cum laude 2004; Robert McKay Scholarship; Thurgood Marshall Fellowship); Stanford University (B.A. with honors 2001; President's Scholarship; Toyota Community Scholarship)
- California and New York
- "40 Under 40" honoree for 2018, Silicon Valley Business Journal