Michael P.Gurdak (Mike)


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Mike Gurdak's practice focuses on helping clients comply with United States sanctions and trade controls. Mike advised on one of the first, if not the first, shipment of goods from the United States to Cuba in 2016 following the easing of U.S. sanctions against Cuba.

Mike regularly provides advice to clients on economic sanctions programs and embargoes administered by the United States Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), including anti-boycott regulations, administered by the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) administered by the Department of State. He also has assisted clients with various other trade-related issues such as antidumping and Made in USA matters.

Mike has assisted clients develop or strengthen compliance programs in connection with sanctions and trade controls, and he provides training on those issues. He also assists clients in the preparation and submission of voluntary disclosures, advisory opinions, and license applications. Mike frequently analyzes the applicability of U.S. trade controls to business transactions, often in due diligence reviews in connection with M&A transactions.

Mike has traveled to Cuba to assist a client in its mission of restoring and conserving Ernest Hemingway's home outside of Havana. He also has written extensively and presented frequently on the scope of U.S. sanctions and trade controls.

Mike maintains an active pro bono docket and has spent significant time assisting Jones Day's efforts to provide legal services to immigrant detainees in Texas seeking asylum.


  • Arsenal Capital Partners acquires Seal for Life Industries from Berry Global Group Inc. for $328 millionJones Day advised Arsenal Capital Partners on the $328 million acquisition of Seal for Life Industries from Berry Global Group Inc.
  • ENGIE-led consortium wins competitive bidding process in Brazil for $8.6 billion acquisition of TAGJones Day advised ENGIE in the $8.6 billion acquisition and related financing of 90 percent of Transportadora Associada de Gás SA ("TAG"), the largest natural gas transmission network owner in Brazil, from Brazilian state oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras).
  • LORD Corporation to be acquired by Parker Hannifin for $3.675 billionJones Day is advising LORD Corporation in its $3.675 billion acquisition by Parker Hannifin Corporation.
  • Diamond S Shipping merges with tanker business of Capital Product Partners for $1.65 billionJones Day advised Diamond S Shipping L.P. in its $1.65 billion merger with the tanker business of Capital Product Partners (CPP).
  • Crestline Direct Lending provides $96 million secured credit facility to identity verification providerJones Day represented Crestline Direct Lending, as lead arranger and agent, in connection with a $96 million senior secured credit facility provided to an international identity verification, document authentication, and fraud prevention technology services provider.
  • Fairmount Santrol and Unimin merge creating CoviaJones Day advised Fairmount Santrol in its merger with Unimin Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of SCR-Sibelco NV, in a tax-free, cash and stock transaction, creating a leader in proppant and industrial materials solutions.
  • BWXT obtains $800 million senior secured credit facilityJones Day represented BWX Technologies, Inc. in connection with a US$800 million senior secured credit agreement consisting of a US$500 million senior secured revolving credit facility; a US$50 million senior secured term loan A; and a CAD$250 million senior secured term loan A.
  • Owens Corning obtains $800 million credit facilityJones Day represented Owens Corning, a global developer and producer of insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composites, in connection with a $800 million revolving credit facility.
  • International Automotive Components Group completes refinancing of Senior Secured NotesJones Day advised International Automotive Components Group, S.A., a leading global supplier of automotive components and systems, in connection with the issuance of $215 million of Senior Secured Notes due 2023 to Gamut Capital Management, L.P. in a private placement.
  • Nextel Participações amends and restates two existing loan agreementsJones Day advised Nextel Participações Ltda., the Brazilian operating subsidiary of NII Holdings, Inc., in connection with the amendment and restatement of two existing loan agreements in an aggregate principal amount of $245 million with China Development Bank, as administrative agent.
  • Citizens Bank provides $45 million senior secured financing to veterinary specialty hospital practiceJones Day represented Citizens Bank, N.A., as administrative agent, in connection with a $45 million secured credit facility provided to a veterinary specialty hospital practice.
  • Citizens Bank provides $150 million credit facility to Golden West Packaging GroupJones Day represented Citizens Bank, N.A. in connection with a $150 million credit facility provided to Golden West Packaging Group LLC, a holding company for investments in the packaging industry.
  • Canacol Energy obtains $265 million senior secured credit facilityJones Day advised Canacol Energy Ltd., a vertically integrated, publicly listed, international energy company engaged in the acquisition, development, exploration, and production of crude oil and natural gas, in connection with the $265 million senior secured credit facility provided by a multinational consortium of banks led by Credit Suisse, as lead arranger and administrative agent.
  • Wabtec acquires Faiveley Transport for $1.8 billionJones Day advised Wabtec Corporation in the acquisition of Faiveley Transport S.A., a global supplier of high added value integrated systems for the railway industry, for a total of $1.8 billion in cash and stock, including assumed debt.
  • CITIC CLSA, CICC, Goldman Sachs, and Agricultural Bank of China International underwrite $1.7 billion IPO on Hong Kong Stock Exchange by China Zheshang BankJones Day acted as counsel for the underwriters, led by CITIC CLSA, China International Capital Corporation (CICC), Goldman Sachs, and Agricultural Bank of China International, on the US$1.7 billion initial public offering of China Zheshang Bank Co., Ltd. on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange ("HKSE").
  • 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.
  • Jefferies finances AMAG Pharmaceuticals' acquisition of Cord Blood Registry®Jones Day advised Jefferies Finance LLC, as administrative agent, collateral agent, joint lead arranger and joint bookrunner, and Jefferies LLC, as representative of the initial purchasers, in connection with the $850 million in financing provided to AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company with a focus on maternal health, anemia, and cancer supportive care, to finance a portion of its acquisition of Cord Blood Registry® (CBR®), a large stem cell collection and storage company.
  • Chevron sells companies holding Vietnam Block B offshore gas development project interests to Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam)Jones Day advised Chevron Corporation affiliates on the sale of their shares in three Bermuda companies that held Chevron's interests in the Block B offshore gas development project in Vietnam.
  • Peaked Hill Partners completes equity injection with Arc InternationalJones Day represented Peaked Hill Partners LLC ("PHP") in connection with an equity injection from an investor group led by PHP in Arc International, a producer of glass tableware, completing the group's recapitalization, and providing funds for the modernization of their main production site in Arques, France, funding of a Social Plan linked to the restructuring plan, and various growth initiatives.
  • Ferro sells Polymer Additives business for $154 millionJones Day advised Ferro Corporation, a leading global supplier of technology-based performance materials, in its sale of the majority of the assets of its Polymer Additives business to Polymer Additives, Inc., a wholly owned portfolio company of H.I.G. Capital, LLC, for approximately $154 million in cash.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • September 9, 2016
      Legal Challenges of Doing Business in Cuba, Association of Caribbean Corporate Counsel Summit
    • September 15, 2015
      Executive Roundtable Series - Opportunities and Risks in the International Marketplace: Developments and Trends in International Trade, Export Controls, and Global Cybersecurity
    • December 14, 2011
      2011 Export Briefing - Export Essentials for In-House Counsel and Compliance Personnel: What Every In-House Counsel and Export Compliance Personnel Should Know to Advise Their Clients on US Export Laws and Regulations
    • October 20, 2011
      Executive Roundtable Series - National Security and Export Control Reform, Take Two. Or Three. Or Four ... ?
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