BenjaminChouka (Ben)


Irvine + 1.949.553.7522

With more than 10 years of experience, Ben Chouka has advised a variety of clients in M&A and private equity transactions as well as in venture and growth equity financings. Ben's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, and cross-border transactions in the technology, health care and life sciences, and energy sectors. In addition to his transactional practice, Ben frequently advises public and private companies on restructurings, corporate governance, and general corporate housekeeping matters. Ben's representative clients include SAP, KKR, Western Digital, Skyworks, Total, Dignity Health, Astellas Pharma, Minted, AGIC Capital, Triton Partners, E.ON, and ThyssenKrupp.

Prior to joining Jones Day, Ben was a senior associate at an international law firm in Düsseldorf, Germany, where he was a member of the private equity sector group. During his more than five years with this firm, he advised public companies, private equity funds, and large family-owned businesses on cross-border M&A transactions and strategic alliances in Europe and the United States. Ben complemented his international experience with a client secondment in the M&A department of a major international financial institution in Dubai, where he advised from the in-house perspective on mergers and divestitures in various Middle Eastern jurisdictions.


  • Meridian Bioscience agrees to be acquired by SD Biosensor and SJL Partners in $1.53 billion all-cash transactionJones Day advised Meridian Bioscience, Inc. in its $1.53 billion all-cash acquisition by SD Biosensor and SJL Partners.
  • VSE Aviation acquires Precision Fuel ComponentsJones Day advised VSE Aviation Services, LLC, a subsidiary of VSE Corporation (NASDAQ: VSEC), in the acquisition of Precision Fuel Components LLC.
  • Organon makes strategic investment in Claria MedicalJones Day advised Organon in the strategic investment in Claria Medical, Inc. a privately-held company developing an investigational medical device being studied for use during minimally invasive laparoscopic hysterectomy.
  • NerdWallet acquires On The Barrelhead for $120 millionJones Day advised NerdWallet, Inc. (Nasdaq: NRDS), a platform that provides financial guidance to consumers and small- and mid-sized businesses, in its acquisition of On the Barrelhead, Inc. for total consideration of $120 million, consisting of approximately $70 million in cash and $50 million in NerdWallet Class A common stock.
  • Hookit sells company to Kore SoftwareJones Day advised Hookit in the sale of 100% of Hookit’s stock to KORE Software, a portfolio company of Serent Capital.
  • Sempra Energy sells PXiSE Energy SolutionsJones Day advised Sempra Energy in the sale of membership interests in PXiSE Energy Solutions to Yokogawa Electric Corporation.
  • Hilti Group acquires Fieldwire for approximately $300 millionJones Day is advising the Hilti Group in its acquisition of Fieldwire, a San Francisco, California, based construction technology company specialized in construction project management software, for approximately $300 million.
  • Skyworks Solutions acquires Infrastructure and Automotive business of Silicon Laboratories for $2.75 billionJones Day advised Skyworks Solutions, Inc., an innovator of high-performance analog semiconductors, in connection with its acquisition of the Infrastructure and Automotive business of Silicon Laboratories Inc. (NASDAQ: SLAB), a leading provider of silicon, software, and solutions, in an all-cash asset transaction valued at $2.75 billion.
  • Astellas returns rights to Eligard® in Europe, Middle East, CIS, and Asia to TolmarJones Day represented Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd. in connection with a series of transactions, including the sale of related assets, in which Astellas returned its in-licensing rights to Eligard® (leuprorelin acetate for injectable suspension), a treatment for advanced prostate cancer, sold by Astellas in Europe, the Middle East, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Asia, to Tolmar International Limited.
  • JTC acquires NES Financial for up to $116 millionJones Day advised JTC PLC in the acquisition of NES Financial, a technology-enabled provider of specialist fund administration and treasury services recognized on the San Francisco Business Times top Bay Area fintech list, for up to $116 million.
  • Western Digital sells ActiveScale™ business to QuantumJones Day advised Western Digital Corporation's subsidiary Western Digital Technologies, Inc. in the sale of its ActiveScale™ business to Quantum Corporation.
  • SHV Energy collaborates with Oberon Fuels, Inc., producer of renewable dimethyl etherJones Day advised SHV Energy N.V. with its collaboration and the entering into of a convertible note purchase agreement with Oberon Fuels, Inc., a producer of renewable DME, to accelerate the use of renewable DME to decarbonize transportation.
  • Western Digital sells IntelliFlash™ business to DataDirect Networks, Inc. (DDN®)Jones Day advised Western Digital Corp. in the sale of its IntelliFlash™ business to DataDirect Networks, Inc. (DDN®), a global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) and multi-cloud data management.
  • Western Digital acquires Kazan NetworksJones Day advised Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ:WDC) in its acquisition of Kazan Networks Corp., a provider of industry leading NVMe™-over-Fabric (NVMe-oF) ASIC and adapter products for next-generation data center architectures.
  • ABB invests in EverActiveJones Day represented ABB Ltd. in connection with its investment in EverActive f/k/a PsiKick, a company pioneering wireless, batteryless Internet of Things (IoT) systems.
  • KKR completes investment in OneStream SoftwareJones Day advised Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. in connection with its affiliated funds' investment in OneStream Software LLC, a leading provider of cloud or on-premise Corporate Performance Management solutions for mid-sized to large enterprises, in a transaction that values the privately held company at more than US$1 billion.
  • Minted raises $208 million in Series E roundJones Day advised Minted, the leading independent design company that brings unique, best-selling design to market at scale, in connection with its $208 million Series E financing from Permira and funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.
  • Total invests in Clean Energy Fuels Corp.Jones Day represented Total S.A., a French multinational integrated oil and gas company, in connection with its purchase of 25 percent of Clean Energy Fuels Corp., a leading provider of natural gas fuel and renewable natural gas fuel for transportation in North America, for $83.4 million, and the credit support to be provided by Total of up to $100 million.
  • Dignity Health and Select Medical combine Concentra and U.S. HealthWorks for $753 millionJones Day advised Dignity Health in its $753 million sale of its U.S. HealthWorks, Inc. subsidiary to Concentra Group Holdings, LLC.
  • SAP acquires GigyaJones Day advised SAP SE in its acquisition of Gigya, Inc., a market leader for customer identity and access management.
  • The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.

    Advised Triton Partners, a pan-European private equity fund, on: the acquisition of global recycling specialist BEFESA from the Spanish-listed energy and environment technology company ABENGOA S.A. with a total transaction value of more than €1 billion; the acquisition of Dywidag Systems International (DSI), the global market leader in post-tensioning control systems, from Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Barclays, and CVC; and the sale of Dunkermotoren, a group of companies engaged in the engineering and manufacturing of precision motion control solutions, to NYSE-listed AMETEK for more than €250 million.

    Advised ThyssenKrupp AG, a German-listed steel and technology company, on various cross-border transactions, including the disposal of their civil shipyard and repair activities to Star Capital Partners, a U.K.-based private equity investor.

    Advised E.ON SE, the leading German utility, on the sale of 5,000 MW generation capacity to various major European utility players, including GDF Suez, Électricité de France, and EnBW.

    Advised Knauf, a privately held global building materials company, on various transactions, including the acquisition of the European ceiling grid and compound business from NYSE-listed USG Corporation.

    Advised Waterland Private Equity on the acquisition of a majority stake in Ranger, a German-based leading provider of direct sales services in Europe, from its founders, and the subsequent add-on acquisition of Omnigroup B.V., a direct sales services provider based in The Netherlands.