James P.Dougherty

Practice Leader M&A

New York + 1.212.326.3409

James Dougherty leads the Firm's M&A Practice. He advises companies on transactional matters, including takeover defense, leveraged buyouts, proxy contests, shareholder activism, and corporate governance.

James has worked on a variety of mergers and acquisitions transactions representing acquirors, targets, and special committees, including Goodrich Corporation in its acquisition by United Technologies; The Lubrizol Corporation in its acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway; Exelis in its acquisition by Harris Corporation; the special committee of Hawk Corporation in connection with its sale to the Carlisle Companies; Nationwide Mutual in its acquisition of Nationwide Financial Services in a going private transaction; and multiple other significant transactions, including spinoffs.

Other companies with which James has worked on substantial matters include: Cintas, Cleveland-Cliffs, Developers Diversified Realty, Diebold, Greystar, Lincoln Electric, Marathon Petroleum, Nordson, Olympic Steel, OM Group, Parker Hannifin, PolyOne, Sherwin-Williams, STERIS, and Timken. He also regularly advises investment banking firms as financial advisors on a variety of transactions.

James was born in Brooklyn, New York. He joined Jones Day in 2004 and became a partner in 2008.


  • Parker Hannifin acquires CLARCOR for $4.3 billionJones Day advised Parker Hannifin Corporation in its $4.3 billion acquisition of filtration company CLARCOR Inc.
  • Cintas acquires G&K Services for $2.2 billionJones Day advised Cintas Corporation in its acquisition of all of the outstanding shares of G&K Services, Inc. for $97.50 per share in cash, for a total enterprise value of approximately $2.2 billion, including acquired debt.
  • Goodrich merges with industrial conglomerate United Technologies for $18.4 billionJones Day advised Goodrich Corporation in its $18.4 billion merger with United Technologies Corp., marking a major milestone for the company and strengthening its position in the commercial aerospace industry.
  • Sherwin-Williams acquires Valspar for $11.3 billionJones Day advised The Sherwin-Williams Company in its $11.3 billion acquisition of The Valspar Corporation.
  • Lubrizol acquired by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway for $9.7 billionJones Day advised The Lubrizol Corporation in its acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway for $9.7 billion.
  • Exelis acquired by Harris Corporation for $4.8 billionJones Day advised Exelis, Inc. in its acquisition by Harris Corporation in a cash and stock transaction valued at $23.75 per share, or approximately $4.8 billion enterprise value.
  • Associated Estates acquired by Brookfield Asset Management for $2.5 billionJones Day advised Associated Estates Realty Corporation in the acquisition by an affiliate of Brookfield Asset Management for $2.5 billion including the assumption of debt.
  • Polypore sells the Company to Asahi Kasei for $3.2 billionJones Day advised Polypore International, Inc. (NYSE:PPO) in its definitive agreements for the sale of the Company to Asahi Kasei Corporation (TSE1:3407), through a U.S. subsidiary, for $60.50 per share in cash.
  • STERIS and Synergy Health close $6.2 billion cash and stock combinationJones Day represented STERIS Corporation in its combination with Synergy Health plc in a cash and stock transaction.
  • OM Group acquired by Apollo Affiliated Funds for $1.03 billionJones Day advised OM Group, Inc. in its acquisition by funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC, for $34.00 per share in cash, or approximately $1.03 billion.
  • FTD acquires Liberty Interactive's Provide Commerce floral and gifting businesses for $430 millionJones Day advised FTD Companies, Inc. in the acquisition of Liberty Interactive Corporation's Provide Commerce floral and gifting businesses for $430 million.
  • Weiss Family acquires American Greetings for $878 millionJones Day advised the Weiss Family in its take private of American Greetings Corporation for approximately $878 million, including assumption of company's 7 3/8% Notes due 2021, which will remain outstanding after the transaction, the repayment of borrowings under the company's revolving credit facility, and the settlement of stock options not held by the Weiss Family.
  • Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. acquires Nationwide Financial Services for $2.4 billionJones Day advised Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company (Mutual) in its $2.4 billion acquisition of Nationwide Financial Services, Inc.
  • EXCO Resources' Special Committee of Board of Directors advised in proposed $4 billion buyout by CEO Douglas H. MillerJones Day is advising The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of EXCO Resources, Inc. in the proposed $4 billion offer from Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Douglas H. Miller, to purchase all of the outstanding shares of stock of the Company not already owned by Mr. Miller.
  • Special Committee of Board of Directors of Hawk Corporation advised in $413 million acquisition by Carlisle CompaniesJones Day advised the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Hawk Corporation in its $413 million acquisition by Carlisle Companies Incorporated ("Carlisle).
  • American Capital Agency Corp. acquires American Capital Mortgage Management, LLC for $562 millionJones Day advised American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ: AGNC), a mortgage REIT that invests primarily in agency securities, in its $562 million cash acquisition of American Capital Mortgage Management LLC from American Capital Asset Management, LLC ("ACAM"), a wholly-owned portfolio company of American Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ: ACAS).
  • TriMas announces tax-free spin-off of Cequent businessesJones Day advised TriMas Corporation in the tax-free spin-off of 100 percent of its Cequent businesses into a new stand-alone, publicly traded company named Horizon Global Corporation.
  • Timken completes plan to separate its businesses into two independent publicly traded companiesJones Day advised The Timken Company in its spin-off of its steel business from its bearing and power transmission business.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • June 3, 2015
      Global Insights: The Future of M&A
    • April 8, 2015
      Transaction Liability Insurance--Strategic Tools for M&A, Presented by Lazard/AON
    • January 20, 2011
      Association of Corporate Counsel, Corporate Governance, Executive Compensation and Hostile Takeovers: How to Prepare for the Boardroom in 2011
    • September 30, 2010
      2010 Transaction Update, panelist, Jones Day/Ernst & Young CPE/CLE Event
    • September 20 - 23, 2010
      Jones Day's Louis Rorimer and James Dougherty to Speak at NASPP Annual Conference
    • July 2010
      Doing Business in Greater China: A Candid Discussion of Current Issues
    • September 25, 2007
      Resolving Post-Closing Disputes, Jones Day
    • September 2006
      State of the Market-Mergers and Acquisitions Review, Cleveland Bar Association
    • September 2005
      SEC Hot Topics Seminar, panelist, Glasser Legalworks/RR Donnelly
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