Thomas A.Hamilton (Tom)

Partner

Cleveland + 1.216.586.7036

Tom Hamilton assists clients in achieving practical and creative solutions to complex environmental issues in the context of litigation, business transactions, and compliance counseling. Tom defends clients in complex environmental litigation matters involving governmental CERCLA/Superfund claims, private party claims concerning allocation of responsibility for contaminated properties, governmental enforcement actions concerning violations of environmental laws, toxic tort claims, environmental crimes, contractual indemnity claims and environmental claims in bankruptcy proceedings.

With respect to compliance with environmental laws, Tom often counsels clients in the steel, metals and mining, automotive, chemical, and manufacturing sectors, including with respect to Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act permitting and compliance audit issues. Tom also counsels clients with respect to releases of hazardous substances and contamination matters, including with regard to reporting and notification requirements, vapor intrusion, exposure pathways, required investigations and remediation, and voluntary cleanup and brownfield programs.

Tom has advised clients on environmental liability issues in hundreds of successfully consummated corporate and real estate transactions and bankruptcy asset sales and restructurings, including tailoring environmental diligence investigations to deal-specific concerns, retaining and supervising technical consultants, counseling clients on risk mitigation and allocation strategies, negotiating targeted indemnification provisions, and pursuing resolution of identified liabilities post-closing.

Tom frequently counsels clients regarding environmental insurance coverage matters, including negotiation of environmental insurance policies to facilitate business and real estate transactions.

Tom has recently provided counsel on successfully closed transactions for such clients as Ferro Corporation, High Road Capital Partners, Resilience Capital Partners, The Riverside Company, The Sherwin-Williams Company and The Timken Company.

Experience

  • Kinzie Capital acquires Arctic IndustriesJones Day represented Kinzie Capital Partners LP, a Chicago-based private equity firm, in the acquisition and financing of Arctic Industries, a leading manufacturer of commercial grade walk-in coolers and freezers.
  • Riverside portfolio company acquires U.S. LawnsJones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with its acquisition by portfolio company EverSmith Brands of U.S. Lawns, a provider of lawncare franchisor services, including commercial landscaping and snow removal services, for U.S. commercial properties through a network of franchisees, from an indirect subsidiary of BrightView Holdings Inc. (NYSE: BV).
  • Peabody Energy obtains $320 million revolving credit facilityJones Day represented Peabody Energy Corporation in connection with the establishment of a $320 million revolving credit facility with PNC Bank, National Association, as administrative agent.
  • Radial Equity portfolio company acquires American Chrome CompanyJones Day advised Radial Equity Partners portfolio company Multi Parts in the acquisition and financing of American Chrome Company (ACC), a key supplier to OEMs and tier supplies in the heavy-duty truck and trailer markets, providing both aftermarket and products parts and accessories.
  • MPE Partners acquires P&S Detail ProductsJones Day advised MPE Partners in the acquisition and financing by portfolio company Appearance Technology Group of P&S Detail Products, a leading designer and manufacturer of branded, consumable car care liquid chemicals for professional and do-it-yourself ("DIY") users.
  • Signature Aviation acquires MeridianJones Day advised Signature Aviation in the acquisition of Meridian, an award-winning private aviation company with bases in Teterboro, NJ (TEB) and Hayward, CA (HWD).
  • Swander Pace Capital sells Patriot Pickle to H.I.G. CapitalJones Day advised Swander Pace Capital in the sale of Patriot Pickle, a manufacturer and distributor of high-quality refrigerated pickles across the United States to restaurant chains, supermarkets, and delis, to an affiliate of H.I.G. Capital.
  • American Pacific Group acquires Spark Power Group Inc.Jones Day acted as U.S. counsel to American Pacific Group, L.P. in the approximately C$140 million acquisition of Spark Power Group Inc., a leading independent provider of end-to-end electrical services and operations and maintenance services to the industrial, utility, and renewable asset markets in North America.
  • EagleTree Capital acquires Summit Hill FoodsJones Day advised EagleTree Capital in the acquisition and financing of Summit Hill Foods, Inc., a leading branded food company producing nationally recognized, premium brands, including Better Than Bouillon and The Original Louisiana Hot Sauce.
  • Riverside portfolio company acquires Miracle MethodJones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with the acquisition and financing by portfolio company Threshold Brands of Miracle Method, the leading franchised provider of bath and kitchen refinishing services in the United States.
  • Norwest Equity Partners acquires United Sports BrandsJones Day represented Norwest Equity Partners in the acquisition and financing of United Sports Brands, a global leader in sports performance and protective products, including the Shock Doctor, McDavid, Cutters, Nathan, PEARL iZUMi, and Glukos brands.
  • Affiliate of Centre Lane Partners acquires appliance business from Instant BrandsJones Day advised an affiliate of Centre Lane Partners in the acquisition and financing of the appliances business of Instant Brands, designer and distributor of kitchen and home appliances, including the Instant Pot, pursuant to Section 363 of title 11 of the United States Code.
  • Cortec Group sells Chauvet & Sons to Court Square Capital PartnersJones Day advised Cortec Group in the sale of its Chauvet & Sons platform to Court Square Capital Partners.
  • Flottec sold to Nalco WaterJones Day represented Flottec, LLC, a company focused on the development of advanced flotation technology and the supply of flotation reagents and mineral processing chemicals, in connection with its sale to Nalco Company LLC, an Illinois-based supplier of water, energy and air improvement solutions and services for industrial markets and Ecolab Inc. company.
  • Riverside portfolio company acquires Frenchies Modern Nail CareJones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with the acquisition by portfolio company Bishops Cuts/Color of Frenchies Modern Nail Care (Frenchies), a nail salon franchisor that provides nail care services with more than 20 locations across 13 states in the U.S.
  • MPE Partners' portfolio company Appearance Technology Group ("ATG") acquires RBL Products and Kwik Paint Products ("RBL Products" or "RBL")Jones Day advised MPE Partners' portfolio company Appearance Technology Group ("ATG") in connection with its acquisition and financing of RBL Products and Kwik Paint Products ("RBL Products" or "RBL").
  • Integrated Power Services acquires Lighthouse Global EnergyJones Day advised Integrated Power Services in its acquisition of Lighthouse Global Energy, an OEM wind turbine parts supplier and manufacturer with in-house engineering, testing, and repair expertise.
  • WEG acquires industrial electric motors and generators business from Regal Rexnord CorporationJones Day is advising WEG S.A. in the $400 million acquisition of the industrial electric motors and generators business of Regal Rexnord Corporation.
  • J.F. Lehman & Company portfolio company acquires White Lake Dock & DredgeJones Day advised J.F. Lehman & Company in the acquisition and financing by portfolio company, ENTACT, LLC, of White Lake Dock & Dredge, Inc.
  • The Potomac Edison Company completes $150 million private placement of First Mortgage BondsJones Day represented The Potomac Edison Company, an electric public utility subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., a diversified energy holding company, in connection with its private placement of $100 million aggregate principal amount of its 5.64% First Mortgage Bonds due 2028 and $50 million aggregate principal amount of its 5.73% First Mortgage Bonds due 2030.