George M.Hunter

Associate

Cleveland + 1.216.586.7858

George Hunter advises companies and their boards on M&A and governance situations. Focusing on public mergers, he has counseled clients on U.S. and cross-border transactions involving a variety of deal structures. George also has significant experience representing public companies and boards in shareholder activism matters.

George has represented clients on M&A transactions in a wide range of industries, including aerospace, defense, energy, mining, banking, consumer goods, and consumer retail.

George also regularly counsels investment banking firms as transactional financial advisors.

Experience

  • 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.
  • Merchant banking firm provides $122.5 million acquisition financing to provider of construction accounting software and payroll servicesJones Day advised a merchant banking firm in connection with a $122.5 million senior secured credit facility, comprised of a $110 million term loan and a $12.5 million revolving credit facility, supporting the acquisition of a leading provider of construction accounting software and payroll services for small- to mid-sized specialty contractors in Ohio.
  • Privately held company obtains term loan and amends existing credit agreementJones Day represented a privately held company in connection with a senior secured subordinated term loan from a fund and an amendment to its existing credit and security agreement, lease documents, and equipment notes with a national bank.
  • OmniMax to be sold to SVPGlobalJones Day is advising OmniMax International, Inc., the leading national manufacturer of residential roof drainage systems and a top supplier of products for outdoor living, recreational vehicle, and other building end markets, in its acquisition by Strategic Value Partners, LLC and its affiliates ("SVPGlobal").
  • 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.
  • OMNOVA acquired by Synthomer plc for $824 millionJones Day advised OMNOVA Solutions Inc. in its $824 million acquisition by Synthomer plc, a United Kingdom-based specialty chemical company.
  • Centerview Partners acts as financial advisor to Special Committee of Smart & Final Stores, Inc. in $1.12 billion sale of Smart & Final Stores, Inc. to affiliates of Apollo Global ManagementJones Day acted as counsel to Centerview Partners LLC, financial advisor to the Strategic Transactions Committee of the Board of Smart & Final Stores, Inc., in connection with the $1.12 billion acquisition of Smart & Final Stores, Inc. by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC by acquiring all outstanding shares of Smart & Final's common stock for $6.50 per share in cash.
  • Westmoreland chapter 11 plan confirmedJones Day represented Westmoreland Resource Partners LP (WMLP) and its debtor-subsidiaries (the WMLP Debtors) and the Conflicts Committee in their chapter 11 cases commenced on October 9, 2018, in the Southern District of Texas.
  • Polychem acquired by The Sterling GroupJones Day advised Polychem Corporation in its acquisition by The Sterling Group.
  • Black Box acquired by AGC NetworksJones Day advised Black Box Corporation (Nasdaq: BBOX) in its acquisition by AGC Networks Ltd, a majority-owned subsidiary of Essar Global Fund.
  • Black Box sells IT unit for $75 million to Arlington Capital PartnersJones Day advised Black Box Corporation in the $75 million sale of its federal government IT services business (the "Federal Business") to Arlington Capital Partners.
  • DDR spins off $3 billion portfolio into separate publicly-traded REITJones Day advised DDR Corp. in its spin-off of a portfolio of 50 assets, comprised of 38 Continental U.S. assets and the entirety of the Puerto Rico portfolio into a separate publicly-traded REIT named Retail Value Inc. ("RVI").
  • 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.
  • American Greetings sells majority interest in company to Clayton, Dubilier & RiceJones Day advised American Greetings Corporation in its sale of a 60 percent ownership stake to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice.
  • Calgon Carbon acquired by Kuraray for $1.3 billionJones Day advised Calgon Carbon Corporation (NYSE:CCC) in its $1.3 billion all-cash acquisition by Kuraray Co., Ltd. (TSE:3405).
  • Stewart & Stevenson businesses sold to Kirby Corporation for $756.5 millionJones Day advised Stewart & Stevenson LLC in the sale of its businesses and assets to Kirby Corporation for $756.5 million.
  • FelCor Lodging Trust and RLJ Lodging Trust merge creating $7 billion leading lodging REITJones Day advised the Independent Directors of FelCor Lodging Trust Incorporated in its $7 billion all-stock merger with RLJ Lodging Trust.
  • Wayne Savings involved in successful proxy contest defense against activist shareholder Stilwell Activist InvestmentsJones Day advised Wayne Savings Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: WAYN) in its successful defense of a proxy solicitation for board representation by activist shareholder Stilwell Activist Investments.
  • One Source Technology secures minority investment from North Bridge Growth EquityJones Day represented One Source Technology, LLC, a designer and developer of an integrated system of background screening products, in securing a minority investment from North Bridge Growth Equity.
  • Materion acquires Heraeus' target materials businessJones Day advised Materion Corporation, a global supplier of highly engineered advanced enabling materials, in its $30 million acquisition of the principal portion of the high-performance target materials business of the Heraeus Group.
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