Denise A.Carkhuff

Partner

Cleveland + 1.216.586.1079

Denise Carkhuff has been the lead lawyer on M&A and private equity transactions for more than 26 years. Her experience includes diverse industries, jurisdictions, and deal structures. Denise has experience in the full life cycle of a company (from formation, capital raising, dividend recapitalizations, IPOs, sales, and dissolutions). Denise's main focus is representing private equity funds. She has served in a general counsel function for countless private companies, including portfolio companies of private equity funds.

Denise has worked with many private equity funds, including Blue Point Capital Partners, Centre Lane Partners, Cortec Group, Morgan Stanley Private Equity, The Riverside Company, and Wellspring Capital. She also represents private companies or their management teams in their ultimate sale and has been involved with many complex M&A transactions involving public and private clients.

She is a member of the Board of the Achievement Centers for Children, a nonprofit whose mission is to empower children and adults with disabilities, and First Tee, a youth development organization introducing golf and its values to kids and teens. For 14 years, she was a member of the Board of Friends of Breakthrough Schools, a top-rated network of free public charter schools. She is a member of In Counsel With Women, an invitation-only networking group for top women leaders in Northeast Ohio and led for a dozen years, Women In Transactions, a networking group for women doing transactional work. She co-leads RRAIN, a Cleveland women lawyers group at Jones Day. Denise was a member of the 2018 Leadership Cleveland class.

Experience

  • Cortec Group portfolio company acquires Teslaccessories, LLCJones Day advised the Cortec Group in connection with the acquisition and financing by portfolio company Enthusiast Auto Holdings, LLC, a direct-to-enthusiast, digitally native platform that invests in and helps operate some of the most innovative e-commerce retailers in the performance automotive industry, of Teslaccessories, LLC, d/b/a EVANNEX, an aftermarket electric vehicle and Tesla accessories dealer.
  • Cortec Group acquires Little Sleepies, LLCJones Day advised the Cortec Group in connection with the acquisition of Little Sleepies, LLC, a retailer of high-quality children’s sleepwear products.
  • PPC Flexible Packaging acquires Consumer Packaging Group, LLCJones Day represented Morgan Stanley Capital Partners and its portfolio company, PPC Flexible Packaging, LLC, in PPC's acquisition and financing of the Harland, Wisconsin, based Consumer Packaging Group, LLC.
  • Cortec Group portfolio company acquires Kino Flo, Inc.Jones Day advised the Cortec Group and Chauvet & Sons, LLC in connection with the acquisition by portfolio company Chauvet & Sons, LLC, a developer and manufacturer of entertainment lighting products, of Kino Flo, Inc., a multi-award-winning manufacturer of lighting systems engineered for cinema and television production.
  • Morgan Stanley Capital Partners acquires Nivel Parts & ManufacturingJones Day advised Morgan Stanley Capital Partners in the acquisition and financing of Nivel Parts & Manufacturing Co., LLC, a global manufacturer, distributor, and seller of aftermarket parts and accessories for niche vehicles and heavy-duty equipment.
  • Morgan Stanley Capital Partners portfolio company acquires Pierian DataJones Day represented Morgan Stanley Capital Partners in connection with the acquisition by portfolio company, Education 360, LLC, of Pierian Data, Inc., a leading provider of high-quality technology training, with a focus on Python programming language courses, data science courses, and machine learning courses.
  • Morgan Stanley Capital Partners portfolio company acquires Target Labels & Packaging LLCJones Day represented Morgan Stanley Capital Partners in connection with the acquisition by portfolio company, PPC Flexible Packing LLC, of North Salt Lake, Utah-based Target Labels and Packaging LLC.
  • Morgan Stanley Capital Partners invests in AWT Labels & Packing and Citation Healthcare LabelsJones Day advised Morgan Stanley Capital Partners in connection with its investment in and financing of Advanced Web Technologies Holding Company, which operates as AWT Labels & Packaging and Citation Healthcare Labels, from Mason Wells, a Midwest-based private equity firm.
  • Morgan Stanley portfolio company acquires Custom Poly Bag, Inc.Jones Day represented Morgan Stanley Capital Partners in connection with the acquisition and financing by portfolio company PPC Flexible Packaging, LLC of Custom Poly Bag, LLC, a leading manufacturer of custom flexible packaging for bakery, protein, medical, and specialty consumer markets, based in Alliance, Ohio.
  • Range Media Partners raises initial capital for companyJones Day represented Range Media Partners, LLC (f/k/a 3M Media Company, LLC) and its founders in connection with the seed financing round of the company, which will operate a talent management and media company business.
  • Morgan Stanley Capital Partners portfolio company acquires iMark MoldingJones Day represented Morgan Stanley Capital Partners in connection with the acquisition and related financing by portfolio company Comar Holding Company, LLC of iMark Molding, LLC ("iMark") from the original iMark founders.
  • Blue Point Capital Partners acquires Specialized Waste SystemsJones Day represented Blue Point Capital Partners in connection with the add-on acquisition and related financing for its Fund IV portfolio company, TAS Environmental Services, of Specialized Waste Systems, a provider of hazardous and nonhazardous waste management, transportation, and washout services.
  • Cortec Group acquires Enthusiast Auto HoldingsJones Day advised the Cortec Group in connection with the acquisition and related financing of Ohio-based Enthusiast Auto Holdings, LLC and its subsidiaries, an e-commerce distributor of automobile aftermarket and performance parts, including for Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, and Volkswagen.
  • YETI Holdings completes $333.5 million secondary offering of Common StockJones Day represented YETI Holdings, Inc., a designer, marketer, retailer, and distributor of a variety of innovative, branded, premium products, in connection with the $333.5 million underwritten secondary public offering of 11,500,000 shares of Common Stock by certain of its stockholders.
  • Founders of Perduco sell Perduco Group to LinQuest CorporationJones Day represented the founders of Perduco in connection with their sale of The Perduco Group, a high-growth and leading provider of advanced data analytics, data architecting, and model-based simulation to defense and civilian agencies, to LinQuest Corporation, a leader in space systems technology solutions for U.S. defense and intelligence communities.
  • PPC Flexible Packaging acquires Popular Ink, LLCJones Day represented Morgan Stanley Capital Partners and its portfolio company, PPC Flexible Packaging, LLC, in PPC's acquisition and related financing of Popular Ink, LLC, a leading provider of custom printed flexible packaging for the consumer products market throughout the United States.
  • Cortec Group sold VidarisJones Day advised the Cortec Group in connection with the sale of ArchEng Holding Company d/b/a Vidaris, Inc., a provider of niche consulting services within the architecture, engineering, and construction industries focusing on high-performance buildings and specialty structures.
  • Blue Point Capital Partners recapitalizes TAS Environmental ServicesJones Day represented Blue Point Capital Partners in connection with the recapitalization and related financing of TAS Environmental Services, a leading regional environmental services company.
  • Cortec Group sells WU Holdco to The Carlyle Group and TA AssociatesJones Day advised the Cortec Group in the sale of WU Holdco, Inc., the holding company for Weiman Products, LLC and Urnex Brands, LLC, which are leading developers, manufacturers, and distributors of specialty cleaning products for the consumer and commercial markets, to The Carlyle Group and TA Associates.
  • PPC Flexible Packaging acquires HFM PackagingJones Day represented Morgan Stanley Capital Partners and its portfolio company, PPC Flexible Packaging, LLC, in PPC’s acquisition and related financing of HFM Packaging Ltd., a market leader in the production of flexible packaging using labels as peel and reseal closures for personal care markets.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • December 2014
      Minimizing Post-Closing Disputes: Tips On What To Watch For And What To Avoid