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

  • 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.
  • Defense of FelCor against $1.27 billion hostile bid by AshfordJones Day advised the Board of Directors of FelCor Lodging Trust Incorporated in a hostile $1.27 billion acquisition proposal made by Ashford Hospitality Trust.
  • American Apparel sells IP rights to Gildan ActivewearJones Day represented American Apparel, LLC ("AA") in its second chapter 11 case, which was filed on November 14, 2016.
  • FirstMerit acquired by Huntington Bancshares for $3.4 billionJones Day advised the Board of Directors of FirstMerit Corporation in the $3.4 billion sale of FirstMerit to Huntington Bancshares.
  • 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).
  • Atlas Holdings completes first phase of purchase of NCR Corporation's Interactive Printer Solutions DivisionJones Day represented affiliates of Atlas Holdings, LLC in its acquisition of the Interactive Printer Solutions ("IPS") division of NCR Corporation.
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