Joseph K.Claffey (Joe)

Associate

London + 44.20.7039.5662

Joe Claffey practices corporate law with a focus on M&A, private equity, and venture capital and counsels sponsors and management teams on domestic and cross-border transactions. He also advises on a wide range of company and commercial matters, including acquisitions, exits, buyouts, investments into founder-led businesses, and joint ventures.

Joe's representative transactions include: Goldman Sach International's £4.66 billion sale of the iQ student housing platform, CVC Capital Partners' $703 million acquisition of a portfolio of assets from Teva's International Women's Health division, Hansteen Holdings PLC's £500 million recommended cash acquisition by Blackstone, J.F. Lehman's buyout of Global Marine Group, and True's buyout of Hush (the UK women's clothing and homewear retailer). Other clients Joe regularly advises include CBRE Global Investment Partners, StepStone Group, Greystar Real Estate Partners, The Riverside Company, and Castlelake Group.

In 2018, Joe spent seven months on secondment as legal counsel to True, a sector specialist investor in the retail/consumer market, where he had primary execution responsibility for all private equity and venture capital transactions.

Experience

  • Goldman sold iQ Student Accommodation dorms to Blackstone for £4.66 billionOn May 15, 2020, Jones Day clients Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division and the Wellcome Trust completed the sale of iQ Student Accommodation to Blackstone for £4.66 billion (US$5.73 billion), representing the largest ever private real estate transaction in the UK.
  • Convoy Global Holdings invests £10 million in Tandem MoneyJones Day advised Convoy Global Holdings Limited in its acquisition of 49,476,049 Ordinary B Shares in Tandem Money Limited, a digital retail banking provider, for £10 million.
  • True Capital invests in Hush Homewear LimitedJones Day advised True Capital on its investment in Hush Homewear Limited, a digital fashion and lifestyle brand.
  • J.F. Lehman acquires Global Marine GroupJones Day advised long-standing client J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading middle-market private equity firm focused exclusively on the aerospace, defense, maritime, government, and environmental sectors, in connection with the acquisition and related financing of Global Marine Group.
  • Sumitomo Heavy Industries invests $46 million into Highview PowerJones Day advised Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd., a technology leader in industrial machinery and environmental and power technologies, in its $46 million investment into Highview Power, a global leader in long-duration energy storage solutions.
  • Hansteen acquired by Potter UK Bidco Limited for £500 millionJones Day advised Hansteen Holdings PLC in the £500 million recommended cash acquisition of Hansteen by Potter UK Bidco Limited, a newly-formed company indirectly owned by investment funds advised by affiliates of The Blackstone Group Inc., effected by means of a Scheme of Arrangement.
  • Pepper Group to sell Pepper European Servicing to Link Group for €165 millionJones Day is advising Pepper Group Limited, a leading diversified global consumer finance business, in connection with its sale of Pepper European Servicing (PES) to Link Group.
  • True Capital portfolio company acquires TotsBots LimitedJones Day represented True Capital Ltd in connection with the acquisition by its portfolio company Frugi of TotsBots, an environmentally-friendly cloth nappy company headquartered in Glasgow, United Kingdom.
  • Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets to divest stakes in Autoroutes Paris-Rhin-RhoneJones Day is advising Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (Europe) Limited in the sale by subsidiaries Macquarie Infrastructure Fund 2, Macquarie Mercer Infrastructure Trust 1, and Macquarie Mercer Infrastructure Trust 2 of remaining stakes in Autoroutes Paris-Rhin-Rhone for an aggregate price of €867 million, subject to timing of completion.
  • Pinewood Group lets part of Pinewood Studios to Walt DisneyJones Day advised Pinewood Group Limited in respect of the letting of part of Pinewood Studios to Walt Disney for an undisclosed rent.
  • StepStone Group forms joint venture with ActivumJones Day advised StepStone Group LP on the formation of a joint venture with Activum SG, an investor in European real estate related sectors, in connection with its investment in four residential and commercial real estate assets located in Spain and Germany.
  • Goode Partners invests in Strong RootsJones Day advised Goode Partners LLC on its $18.3 million Series A investment in Strong Roots, the fastest growing food and beverage brand in the UK.
  • True Capital Ltd invests in FunnelAIJones Day represented True Capital Ltd in connection with its investment in FunnelAI, a software platform that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to find online indications of intent for businesses looking for customer prospects.
  • True Capital Ltd invests in ThirdEyeJones Day represented True Capital Ltd in connection with its investment in ThirdEye, an AI-driven security platform for retailers.
  • Daphni participates in €7 million financing round of Trusk LimitedJones Day advised Daphni in connection with the €7 million financing round of Trusk Limited, a French company that provides a digital platform to connect individuals to local freight delivery services.
  • True Capital Ltd invests in Jump Staff LimitedJones Day represented True Capital Ltd in connection with its seed investment into Jump Staff Limited, an innovative recruitment platform.
  • True Capital Ltd completes buyout of Cut4ClothJones Day represented True Capital Ltd in connection with its buyout of Cut4Cloth Ltd. trading as Frugi, a retailer of organic children's clothing, toys, and accessories, alongside existing management.
  • CVC Capital Partners acquires Teva's International Women's Health assets for $703 millionJones Day advised CVC Capital Partners in its $703 million acquisition of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd's International (non-US), Women's Health assets.
  • Hansteen completes acquisition of Industrial Multi Property Trust PLC sharesJones Day advised Hansteen Holdings PLC in connection with a voluntary recommended cash offer of £25,228,560 (US$31.3 million) for the entire issued share capital of Industrial Multi Property Trust PLC, an Isle of Man close-ended property investment company admitted to trading on the Specialist Fund Segment of the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange.
  • Riverside acquires Bright & BeautifulJones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with its acquisition of Bright & Beautiful (B&B), an add-on for its Dwyer Group platform.
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