Diana Y.Defino

Associate

Pittsburgh + 1.412.394.9548

Diana Defino practices in the area of employee benefits and executive compensation. Her practice focuses primarily on the employee benefits aspects of corporate acquisitions, dispositions, and mergers.

Diana has experience preparing employment, separation, bonus, and change-of-control agreements as well as equity incentive arrangements and securities-related disclosures. She also counsels clients regarding the administration and compliance of employee benefit plans, programs, and arrangements with the Internal Revenue Code and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and has reviewed and commented on proxy and other disclosures for public company clients.

Diana is an active member of the community. She is a member of the Friends Board of Sisters Place, a Pittsburgh-based charity that provides a supportive housing community to single parent families who are homeless. Diana is also a member of the Propel Schools Young Professionals Council, a team of young professionals dedicated to raising awareness and support for Propel Schools (a group of nonprofit charter schools in the Pittsburgh area that are dedicated to providing high-performing public schools to economically disadvantaged students and families).

Experience

  • LendingTree announces strategic investment in StashJones Day advised LendingTree, Inc. in its strategic investment in Stash, one of the fastest-growing banking and investing services in the U.S.
  • Twin River Worldwide Holdings to acquire three casinos from Eldorado and Caesars for $180 millionJones Day is advising Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. in the $155 million acquisition of Eldorado Shreveport Resort and Casino in Shreveport, Louisiana, and the Mont Bleu Resort Casino & Spa in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, from Eldorado Resorts, Inc., and Bally's Atlantic City Hotel & Casino in New Jersey from Caesars Entertainment Corporation and Vici Properties Inc. for $25 million.
  • USI Insurance Services acquires Full Service Insurance AgencyJones Day advised USI Insurance Services in its acquisition of Franklin, Tennessee-based insurance agency Full Service Insurance Agency, Inc.
  • 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.
  • Bad Boy receives investment from The Sterling GroupJones Day advised Bad Boy, Inc., a leading manufacturer of high-performance zero-turn riding lawn mowers, in its cash and stock sale to The Sterling Group.
  • Shiseido acquires Drunk Elephant™ for $845 millionJones Day advised Shiseido Americas Corporation in its $845 million acquisition of Drunk Elephant™.
  • LORD Corporation acquired by Parker Hannifin for $3.675 billionJones Day advised LORD Corporation in its $3.675 billion acquisition by Parker Hannifin Corporation.
  • Conagra Brands sells Direct Store Delivery snacks business to Utz Quality Foods, LLCJones Day advised Conagra Brands, Inc. in connection with its divestiture of its Direct Store Delivery snacks business to Utz Quality Foods, LLC.
  • USI Insurance Services acquires Scheetz, Hogan, Freeman & PhillipsJones Day advised USI Insurance Services in its acquisition of Greenville, South Carolina-based insurance agency Scheetz, Hogan, Freeman & Phillips.
  • NEP Group acquires SOS Global ExpressJones Day advised NEP Group in its acquisition of SOS Global Express, an independent international freight forwarding and full-service logistics company that specializes in supporting clients in broadcast, entertainment, music, and professional sports teams and leagues.
  • 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.
  • DataBank acquires LightBoundJones Day advised DataBank in connection with the acquisition and related financing of LightBound, an Indianapolis-based provider of colocation, Internet, voice, network, and cloud services.
  • DataBank to divest LightBound fiber/CLEC assets to EverstreamJones Day is advising DataBank in the divestiture of the LightBound fiber/CLEC assets to Everstream, a business-only fiber network provider.
  • Deutsche Beteiligungs AG sold investment in InfianaJones Day advised DBAG Fund VI, a fund advised by Deutsche Beteiligungs AG (DBAG), on the auction sale of the portfolio company Infiana Group GmbH and indirectly all of its subsidiaries to funds advised by Pamplona Capital Management.
  • USI Insurance Services acquires JRG Advisors, LLCJones Day advised USI Insurance Services in its acquisition of Wexford, Pennsylvania-based employee benefits services firm, JRG Advisors, LLC.
  • USI Insurance Services acquires Employee Benefit Concepts, Inc.Jones Day advised USI Insurance Services in its acquisition of Employee Benefit Concepts, Inc., one of the largest employee benefit consulting and human capital management firms in western New York.
  • USI Insurance Services acquires Chernoff Diamond & Co., LLCJones Day advised USI Insurance Services in its acquisition of New York-based retirement, benefits and risk management advisory firm, Chernoff Diamond & Co., LLC.
  • Twin River Worldwide Holdings combines with Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc.Jones Day advised Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. in its merger with Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc.
  • 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.
  • LendingTree acquires ValuePenguin for $105 millionJones Day advised LendingTree, Inc. in its $105 million acquisition of Value Holding Inc., the parent company of ValuePenguin.com, a personal finance website that conducts in-depth research and analysis on a variety of topics from insurance to credit cards.
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