Erik L.Belenky

Partner

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Erik Belenky's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, where he represents public and private companies, as well as private equity firms, in a variety of domestic and global transactions. Erik's experience covers the full range of M&A activity, including significant acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, and other strategic transactions, as well as corporate governance and takeover defense.

Erik has advised numerous leading public and private companies on substantial M&A matters, such as Newell Brands, General Electric Company, Baker Hughes, Koch Industries, and RELX Group (formerly, Reed Elsevier). Recent representative transactions include acting for Newell Brands in its $16 billion acquisition of Jarden, the $1.95 billion sale of its Tools division to Stanley Black & Decker, and the $2.3 billion sale of The Waddington Group to Novolex Holdings; General Electric Company in the sale of its Industrial Air & Gas business to Colfax and the sale of its Small Industrial Motors business to Wolong Electric Group; and RELX Group in the acquisition of real time global flight data provider, FlightStats.

For the last 10 consecutive years, Chambers and Partners has listed Erik as a top M&A attorney in Chambers USA. He also has been listed in M&A by The Legal 500 US and Best Lawyers in America.

Erik was formerly a member of the board of trustees of The Schenck School (an independent school in Atlanta, GA for children with dyslexia).

Experience

  • Newell Brands to sell The United States Playing Card Company to Cartamundi GroupJones Day is advising Newell Brands Inc. in the sale of The United States Playing Card Company ("USPC") to Cartamundi Group, a leading manufacturer and distributor of playing cards and board games.
  • Elsevier acquires assets from Cengage LearningJones Day represented Elsevier Inc., a subsidiary of RELX Group plc, in the acquisition of the assets comprising the Evolve Platform and Elsevier Adaptive Quizzing Application, an online portal and platform used in healthcare higher learning, from Cengage Learning, Inc.
  • Newell Brands sells Process Solutions to One Rock Capital Partners, LLC for $500 millionJones Day advised Newell Brands Inc. in the sale of its Process Solutions business to One Rock Capital Partners, LLC for $500 million in cash.
  • Newell Brands sells Pure Fishing to Sycamore Partners for $1.3 billionJones Day advised Newell Brands Inc. in the sale of its Pure Fishing business to Sycamore Partners for approximately $1.3 billion in cash.
  • Newell Brands sells The Waddington Group to Novolex for approximately $2.3 billionJones Day advised Newell Brands Inc. in its sale of The Waddington Group to Novolex Holdings, a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group, for approximately $2.3 billion in cash.
  • Newell Brands sells Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. for $395 millionJones Day advised Newell Brands Inc. in the $395 million sale of Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. to Seidler Equity Partners and Major League Baseball.

  • Baker Hughes sells natural gas solutions business to First Reserve and Pietro FiorentiniJones Day advised Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), in the sale of its global Natural Gas Solutions (NGS) business to two separate buyers, First Reserve and Pietro Fiorentini.
  • Baker Hughes sells A-C Compressor business to Rotating Machinery ServicesJones Day advised Baker Hughes, a GE company, in the sale of its A-C Compressor service and repair business to Rotating Machinery Services, Inc. ("RMS").
  • Baker Hughes sells Rotoflow business to Air ProductsJones Day advised Baker Hughes, a GE company, in the sale of its Rotoflow™ turboexpander business to Air Products (NYSE: APD).
  • Newell Brands enters into settlement agreement with Starboard Value that ended Newell's ongoing proxy contest with StarboardJones Day advised Newell Brands Inc. in its entry into a settlement agreement with Starboard Value LP that ended Newell’s ongoing proxy contest with Starboard.
  • Newell Brands acquires Jarden Corporation for $16 billionJones Day advised Newell Brands Inc. in connection with its acquisition of Jarden Corporation in a cash and stock transaction valued at $60 per share, or approximately $16 billion in equity value.
  • Proagrica acquires SST SoftwareJones Day advised Proagrica, a division of RELX Group, in its acquisition of SST Software, a precision agriculture information solutions company.
  • GE sells assets related to its Small Industrial Motors Business to Wolong Electric GroupJones Day advised General Electric Company in the sale of the small industrial motors business of its Power Conversion division to Wolong Electric Group Co., Ltd.
  • Newell Brands sells Winter Sports businesses to Kohlberg & Company for $240 millionJones Day advised Newell Brands Inc. (NYSE: NWL) in the sale of its Winter Sports businesses to private equity firm Kohlberg & Company for $240 million, subject to adjustment.
  • Newell Brands sells fire starter and fire log business to Royal Oak EnterprisesJones Day advised Newell Brands Inc. in the sale of its Pine Mountain® fire starters and fire logs business, and Diamond® matches, fire starters, lighters, toothpicks, and laundry business, to Royal Oak Enterprises, a leading manufacturer of charcoal and grilling products.
  • Newell Brands sells Tools division to Stanley Black & Decker for $1.95 billionJones Day advised Newell Brands Inc. in the $1.95 billion sale of its Tools business, including the Irwin®, Lenox®, and Hilmor® brands, to Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
  • RELX Group acquires FlightStats and Diio LLCJones Day advised FlightGlobal, the aviation arm of Reed Business Information (a division of RELX Group) in its acquisitions of FlightStats and Diio LLC.
  • GE Capital sells commercial lending and leasing businesses to Wells FargoJones Day acted as special transaction counsel to General Electric Company in the sale of its Commercial Distribution Finance, Vendor Finance, and Corporate Finance platforms to Wells Fargo & Co.
  • Georgia-Pacific acquires Excel Displays & PackagingJones Day advised Georgia-Pacific in its acquisition of Excel Displays & Packaging and affiliated entities.
  • RELX sells legal textbook business to Carolina Academic PressJones Day advised RELX Inc. in its sale of approximately 500 LexisNexis® Matthew Bender law school publishing titles to Carolina Academic Press, LLC.
  • Spectrum Professional Services recapitalizes company and sells controlling interest to Beecken Petty O'Keefe & CompanyJones Day advised Spectrum Professional Services, LLC in the recapitalization of the company and sale of a controlling interest to Chicago-based private equity firm, Beecken Petty O'Keefe & Company.
  • SP Fiber acquired by WestRock for $288.5 millionJones Day advised SP Fiber Holdings, Inc. in the sale of the company, a producer of recycled containerboard and kraft and bag paper with mills located in Dublin, Georgia, and Newberg, Oregon, to WestRock Company for $288.5 million.
  • GE sells Industrial Air & Gas Technologies business to Colfax CorporationJones Day represented General Electric Company in the sale of its Industrial Air & Gas Technologies business to Colfax Corporation (NYSE: CFX).
  • Reed Business Information sells majority stake in Reed Construction DataJones Day represented Reed Business Information (a division of RELX Group) in the sale of a 51 percent stake in Reed Construction Data (RCD) to Warburg Pincus, and the sale of 100 percent of RSMeans to The Gordian Group, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company.
  • Gemino Healthcare Finance sold to Solar Senior CapitalJones Day advised Gemino Healthcare Finance and its investors (including EDG Partners and D. E. Shaw) in the company's sale to Solar Senior Capital Ltd. Gemino is a nationwide provider of asset based and term loans to small and mid-size healthcare service providers.
  • LexisNexis acquires EnclarityJones Day advised Reed Elsevier in its acquisition of Enclarity, an industry leading health care provider data and information solutions company.
  • Georgia-Pacific acquires Temple-Inland Building Products business from International Paper for $750 millionJones Day advised Georgia-Pacific LLC, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., in its acquisition of the Temple-Inland Building Products business from International Paper Company for $750 million.
  • GE acquires Salof, designer and manufacturer of mini LNG technologiesJones Day advised General Electric Company in its acquisition of the Salof group of companies, designers of mini LNG and CO2 technologies and facilities.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • October 27, 2016
      Georgia Bas Association / 35th Annual Business Law Institute - What Keeps In-House Law Departments Up At Night
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