BenjaminChouka (Ben)

Associate

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Ben Chouka has represented a variety of clients in M&A and private equity transactions as well as growth equity financings for more than eight years. Ben's practice is also focused on cross-border deals in the technology, health care, and energy sectors. In addition to his transactional work he frequently advises public and private companies on internal restructurings, corporate governance, and general corporate housekeeping matters. Representative clients include SAP, KKR, Western Digital, Total, Minted, AGIC Capital, Triton Partners, Dignity Health, 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 the United States, Germany, and throughout Europe. 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 disposals in various Middle Eastern jurisdictions.

Experience

  • 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.
  • KKR completes investment in OneStream SoftwareJones Day advised Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts & Co. L.P. in connection with its 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 $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.
  • AGIC Capital acquires Fotona from The Gores GroupJones Day advised Asia-Germany Industrial Promotion Limited ("AGIC Capital"), an Asian-European private equity investor focused on industrial technology companies in the European and North American mid-market, in connection with the acquisition and related financing of Fotona, a U.S. and Slovenia based developer of high-tech laser systems and components, primarily used in medicine, aesthetics, surgery, gynecology, and dentistry, from private equity firm, The Gores Group.
  • Western Digital acquires Tegile SystemsJones Day represented Western Digital, a leading provider of storage technologies and solutions that enable people to create, leverage, experience, and preserve data, in connection with its acquisition of Tegile Systems, Inc., a developer of flash and persistent-memory storage solutions for enterprise data center applications.
  • Western Digital acquires Upthere, Inc.Jones Day advised Western Digital in its acquisition of Upthere, Inc., a leading developer and producer of cloud storage technology.
  • Riverside acquires Comprehensive Loss ManagementJones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with the add-on acquisition and related financing to the Health & Safety Institute platform of Comprehensive Loss Management, Inc., a provider of safety and compliance-related courses to a diverse customer base.
  • Intersil acquired by Renesas Electronics for $3.2 billionJones Day advised Intersil Corporation, a provider of power management and precision analog solutions, in its $3.2 billion acquisition by Renesas Electronics Corporation, a supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions.
  • SAP acquires Abakus, Inc.Jones Day advised SAP SE in its acquisition of Abakus, Inc., a developer of marketing optimization software.
  • Celgene acquires Triphase Accelerator's first compound, MarizomibJones Day advised Celgene Corporation in the acquisition, through an affiliate, of Triphase Accelerator Corporation's assets related to its proteasome inhibitor, marizomib (MRZ), which is in development for glioblastoma and relapsed and/or refractory multiple myeloma.
  • 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.

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