Benjamin S.Jacobs (Ben)

Associate

New York + 1.212.326.3726

Ben Jacobs practices primarily in the area of U.S. federal income tax, representing clients with U.S. and cross-border M&A, investments, reorganizations, and joint ventures; international tax planning; financing; and withholding and reporting obligations. He also regularly represents debtors and creditors to develop tax-efficient structures in bankruptcy and distressed restructurings.

Ben's recent experience on M&A transactions includes advising Fairmount Santrol in its pending $4.7 billion merger with the Unimin Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of SCR-Sibelco NV; Verizon in the sale of its cloud business; ABM Industries in its $1.25 billion acquisition of GCA Services; and Orchestra Prémaman in its attempted acquisition of U.S. retailer Destination Maternity. His bankruptcy and restructuring experience includes advising the coal company Alpha Natural Resources and the rare-earth mining company Molycorp in their chapter 11 cases and creditor groups in the restructurings of retailer rue21, inc. and the internet content and solutions provider Answers Corporation.

Ben coauthored the Bloomberg BNA Portfolio Tax Aspects of Restructuring Financially Troubled Businesses, No. 541-5th. While in law school, he represented clients before the IRS and the U.S. Tax Court as a student attorney with the Janet R. Spragens Federal Tax Clinic, assisting them with tax controversy and collections matters.

Experience

  • TopBuild acquires Distribution International in all-cash transaction valued at $1.0 billionJones Day represented TopBuild in its acquisition of Distribution International from global private equity firm Advent International in an all-cash transaction valued at $1.0 billion.
  • DigitalBridge Group, Inc. expands Vantage SDC (Stabilized Data Centers)Jones Day advised Vantage Data Centers on the expansion of the Vantage SDC (Stabilized Data Centers) platform by DigitalBridge Group, Inc. with the acquisition of CA22, a 24MW hyperscale data center serving the strategic Santa Clara, California market, for $539 million.
  • American Industrial Partners subsidiary Vertex Aerospace announces acquisition of Raytheon Technologies' Defense Training and Mission Critical Solutions business linesJones Day is advising American Industrial Partners in the acquisition by portfolio company, Vertex Aerospace, of Raytheon Technologies' Defense Training, Professional Services, Mission Critical Solutions, and Modernization and Sustainment business lines.
  • ABM to acquire Able Services for $830 millionJones Day is advising ABM Industries Incorporated in the acquisition of Able Services, a leading facilities services company headquartered in San Francisco, in a cash transaction valued at $830 million.
  • Building Systems Holdings sells company to Therma HoldingsJones Day advised Building Systems Holdings, Inc. in the sale of the company to Therma Holdings.
  • Follett sells Follett School Solutions to Francisco PartnersJones Day advised Follett Corporation in the sale of Follett School Solutions to Francisco Partners.
  • Cypress Group sells majority stake to Milestone PartnersJones Day advised Cypress Group Holdings, Inc., a property and casualty insurance holding company with wholly-owned downstream operating entities in Florida, Texas, Louisiana and South Carolina, in the sale of the majority of Cypress and certain affiliated companies to funds managed by Milestone Partners.
  • Noble Environmental acquires GFL landfills, collection assets in Pennsylvania and MarylandJones Day advised Noble Environmental Inc. in the acquisition of multiple disposal, transfer and collections assets in Pennsylvania and Maryland from GFL Environmental Inc.
  • Refrigeration Sales Corporation sells company to Rotunda Capital PartnersJones Day advised Refrigeration Sales Corporation in its sale of the company to Rotunda Capital Partners.
  • U.S. Steel sells Transtar, LLC to Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors for $640 millionJones Day represented United States Steel Corporation, an integrated steel producer with major production operations in the United States and Central Europe, in connection with the sale of its wholly owned short-line railroad subsidiary, Transtar, LLC, to a subsidiary of Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC for $640 million.
  • Rester Management acquires ELAD Canada Realty for up to CA$528 millionJones Day advised Rester Management, a real estate management and development company based in Montreal, Quebec, as U.S. counsel on its acquisition of ELAD Canada Realty, a real estate development, investment, and asset management company based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, for total consideration of up to CA$528 million, including future payments and earnouts.
  • Koch Equity Development acquires Transaction Network ServicesJones Day advised Koch Equity Development LLC, the acquisition and investment subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., in the acquisition of Transaction Network Services, Inc. (TNS) from affiliates of Siris Capital Group, LLC and TNS' other minority equity holders.
  • Hornblower Group acquires WalksJones Day advised Hornblower Group, Inc. in its acquisition of Walks, a technology-enabled services platform for sightseeing tours and travel activities.
  • FuseFX acquires Rising Sun PicturesJones Day advised FuseFX, a portfolio company of EagleTree Capital, in connection with the acquisition and financing of Rising Sun Pictures, a world-renowned, high-end visual effects studio headquartered in Adelaide, Australia.
  • TopBuild acquires American Building SystemsJones Day advised TopBuild Corp., a leading installer and distributor of insulation and building material products in the United States, in its acquisition of American Building Systems Group of Companies ("ABS").
  • Affiliates of American Industrial Partners obtain asset-based revolving credit facilityJones Day represented affiliates of American Industrial Partners, Gardner Denver Petroleum Pumps, LLC; Boardwalk Enterprises, LLC; and Highspeed Intermediate HoldCo, LLC, in connection with an asset-based revolving credit facility provided by Ally Bank.
  • American Industrial Partners acquires High Pressure Solutions Segment of Ingersoll Rand for $300 millionJones Day advised American Industrial Partners in its $300 million acquisition of a majority interest in the High Pressure Solutions Segment of Ingersoll Rand, a premier market leader in the manufacturing, service, and repair of high-pressure pumps and related consumables in the upstream energy market.
  • American Industrial Partners invests $50 million in Orizon AerostructuresJones Day advised American Industrial Partners in its $50 million investment in Orizon Aerostructures, LLC, a market leader in the manufacturing, processing, and assembly of complex aerostructure components for both commercial and defense applications that has significant content on the industry’s highest-profile platforms, including the F-35 and 737.
  • DataBank acquires zColo for $1.4 billionJones Day advised DataBank, a leading provider of enterprise-class colocation, connectivity, and managed services, in connection with the acquisition and financing of zColo, including certain U.S. and European data center assets, from Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. for $1.4 billion.
  • Portobello Capital portfolio company acquires BDS Natural ProductsJones Day advised Portobello Capital Gestion SA SGEIC in connection with the acquisition by portfolio company Sabater Spices of BDS Natural Products, a California based producer of botanical and spice ingredients in the North American market, and a key supplier to the food, nutraceutical, and tea industries.