Seth E.Engel


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Seth Engel advises clients on cross-border transactions, securities offerings, and alternative dispute resolution. Having practiced in France and New York, he works hand in hand with public and private companies throughout the world to advise on strategic transactions and disputes. He has represented clients in international arbitrations under the ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL, and SCC rules.

Seth's experience prior to joining Jones Day includes representing: Asta Funding (Nasdaq: ASFI) in the creation of an independent special committee of the board of directors and response to hostile actions by an activist shareholder, Mangrove Partners; Orchestra S.A., a French data management company, in the sale of the French company and its U.S. and global subsidiaries to a European competitor; a Chinese investment bank in its $1 billion acquisition of an industrial company with operating companies in 11 countries worldwide; Havas Voyages (France) in the sale of its global travel management business; and Zodiac (France) in the sale of its leisure nautical businesses to a Luxembourg private equity fund.

Seth teaches business law at the Sorbonne in Paris and acted as assistant counsel in multiple pretrial cases at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Seth is proud of his commitment to pro bono, including having represented the corporate amici curiae in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in the matter of Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. He successfully represented a West African LGBT asylum seeker in proceedings before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. He has served as coach, judge, and participant in the Jessup Competition and Willem Vis Moot Court.


  • DataBank to acquire zColoJones Day is advising DataBank, a leading provider of enterprise-class colocation, connectivity, and managed services, on its acquisition of zColo, including certain U.S. and European data center assets, from Zayo Group Holdings, Inc.
  • Smith & Nephew to acquire extremity orthopedics business of Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation for $240 millionJones Day is advising Smith & Nephew plc, the global medical technology company, in its acquisition of the extremity orthopedics business of Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: IART) for $240 million on a cash and debt-free basis.
  • Aurora Resurgence sold International Cookware to KartesiaJones Day advised Aurora Resurgence, a Los Angeles-based private equity fund, on the sale of International Cookware Group and its subsidiaries to Kartesia, the European specialist provider of capital solutions for small and mid-sized companies.
  • Société Générale sold SKB Banka (Slovenia) and its subsidiaries to OTP BankJones Day advised Société Générale in the sale to OTP Bank Nyrt. of its shareholding in the share capital of its subsidiary specializing in retail banking, SKB Banka d.d. Ljubljana (Slovenia), and of its subsidiaries SKB Leasing d.o.o. and SKB Leasing Select d.o.o.
  • UCB S.A. completes €3 billion EMTN ProgrammeJones Day advised UCB S.A. in connection with the set-up of their €3 billion EMTN Programme for issuance of notes.
  • CARMAT completes €60 million reserved offering for specialized and strategic investorsJones Day advised CARMAT SA, a designer and developer of the world's most advanced heart project, aiming to provide a therapeutic alternative for people suffering from end-stage biventricular heart failure, in connection with its €60 million (US$66.3 million) share capital increase, reserved for investors, specialists of the healthcare and life sciences industry, or strategic partners of CARMAT.
  • Panalpina and DSV join forces by way of CHF 4.6 billion (US$4.6 billion) public exchange of stockJones Day advised Panalpina Welttransport (Holding) AG, Basel, Switzerland, one of the world's leading freight forwarders, with respect to German, EU, and U.S. securities law aspects and foreign direct investment filings in connection with the combination with DSV A/S, Hedhusene, Denmark, by way of a CHF 4.6 billion (US$4.6 billion) public exchange offer of DSV to all Panalpina shareholders to tender their Panalpina shares (listed at SIX Swiss Exchange) against DSV shares (listed at NASDAQ Copenhagen).
  • Lincoln Electric buys out its joint venture partner in Kaynak Teknigi Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S.Jones Day advised Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. in the buyout of its joint venture partner in Kaynak Teknigi Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S. ("Askaynak") to advance Lincoln Electric's regional growth strategy.
  • Syndicate of leading banks complete €715 million share capital increase by Tikehau CapitalJones Day advised Berenberg, Credit Suisse, Natixis, BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, and Société Générale, as global coordinators, joint lead managers and joint bookrunners, and Citigroup and RBC Capital Markets, as joint lead managers and joint bookrunners, in connection with the €715 million share capital increase without shareholders' preferential subscription rights and with a priority subscription period for existing shareholders by Tikehau Capital, an asset management and investment group.
  • The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.

    Represented the trustee for the liquidation of the Estate of Bernard L. Madoff Securities, LLC in connection with the ongoing sale of a portfolio of interests in private and publicly listed companies previously held by the Madoff family and entities.

    Represented the underwriters, led by Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, in connection with the $50 million offering of 6.25 percent 5-year bonds by Newtek Business Services Corp., a business development company that provides lending and financial services.

    Represented ECN Capital Corp., a publicly traded Canadian bank and financing company, in connection with its $334 million investment in a U.S.-based consumer financial services company, Kessler Financial Services, LLC.

    Represented the underwriters, led by JMP Securities LLC, in connection with the at-the-market offering of 2,900,000 shares of common stock of Newtek Business Services Corp.

    Represented a consortium of Singapore-based investors in connection with its acquisition of 19.99 perceent of the common stock of a NASDAQ-listed company.

    Represented the underwriters, led by Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, in connection with the offering of 2,250,000 shares of common stock of Newtek Business Services Corp.

    Represented the special committee of the board of directors of Asta Funding in its defense to a shareholder activist campaign by Mangrove Partners, including entering into a settlement agreement with Mangrove Partners and $5.3 million share buy-back.

    Represented Exo Inc., a nutrition company using cricket protein, in its Series A round led by AccelFoods.

    Represented Laboratoires Servier (France) in connection with its minority investment in the Swiss research and development company GeNeuro.

    Additional Publications

    • October 24, 2019
      Jones Day Climate Report - Fall 2019: Update on the EU's Efforts to Finance Sustainable Growth
    • August 26, 2019
      Jones Day Climate Report - Summer 2019: Impact of Climate Change on Banking Products in Europe
    • March 20, 2019
      How Green Are You? EU Proposes Climate-Related Update to Guidelines on Non-Financial Reporting

    Publications Prior to Jones Day

    January 10, 2017
    The Developing CFIUS Framework and Recent Presidential Order Prohibiting the Aixtron Transaction

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagements Prior to Jones Day

    October 15, 2018
    Webinar for Lawline (rated a perfect 5 stars with 230+ reviews), GDPR Compliance & Due Diligence for M&A Transactions

    October 16, 2018
    Startup Funding 101, French-American Chamber of Commerce
    New York, New York

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