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

  • DataBank acquires zColoJones 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.
  • 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.
  • Furukawa Electric and Superior Essex global joint venture finalizedJones Day advised Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. in its finalization of a global joint venture with Superior Essex Inc.
  • Laureate Education to sell Brazilian operations to Ser Educacional S.A. for R$3.862 billionJones Day is acting as special tax counsel to Laureate International, Inc. in its entering into a definitive agreement with Ser Educacional S.A. for the sale of its Brazilian operations.
  • OVHcloud acquires EXTEN Technologies, Inc.Jones Day advised OVHcloud, a global cloud leader and the largest European cloud provider, in its acquisition of technology and certain assets of EXTEN Technologies, Inc., a U.S.-based storage software company specializing in NVMe over Fabrics.
  • Materion acquires Optics Balzers, AG for $160 millionJones Day advised Materion Corporation, a global supplier of highly engineered advanced enabling materials, in its $160 million acquisition of Optics Balzers, AG, an industry leader in thin film optical coatings.
  • PolyOne acquires Clariant color and additive masterbatch business for $1.5 billionJones Day advised PolyOne Corporation in the $1.5 billion purchase of Clariant’s global color and additive masterbatch business.
  • Financial holding company provides secured term loan credit facility to mid-market hedge fundJones Day advised a financial holding company in connection with a secured term loan credit facility provided to a mid-market hedge fund that invests in asset-backed securities, mortgage servicing rights, and other mortgage and consumer-related assets.
  • Financial holding company provides secured term loan credit facility to mid-market private equity fundJones Day advised a financial holding company in connection with a secured term loan credit facility provided to a mid-market private equity fund that invests in asset-backed securities, mortgage servicing rights, and other mortgage and consumer-related assets.
  • Sequential Technology International sold to APC HoldingsJones Day advised Sequential Technology International LLC, an innovative leader in the software, consulting, and BPO sectors, in its sale to APC Holdings.
  • Bank of Montreal amends credit agreement for Blue Bird Body CompanyJones Day represented Bank of Montreal, as administrative agent, in connection with an amendment to its credit agreement with Blue Bird Body Company, a school bus manufacturer, pursuant to which the revolving credit commitments were increased by $41.9 million.
  • Lam Research completes $2 billion public offering of Senior NotesJones Day advised Lam Research Corporation, a global supplier of wafer fabrication equipment and services to the worldwide semiconductor industry, in connection with its underwritten public offering of $2 billion of Senior Notes, consisting of $750 million of 1.900% Senior Notes due 2030, $750 million of 2.875% Senior Notes due 2050, and $500 million of 3.125% Senior Notes due 2060.
  • Koch Real Estate Investments made $200 million preferred equity investment in Amherst Holdings' single-family rental businessJones Day advised Koch Real Estate Investments, LLC, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., in the $200 million preferred-equity investment in Amherst Holdings LLC's single-family rental business.
  • U. S. Steel executes Option Agreement for potential joint venture with Stelco Inc. to acquire 25% interest in Minntac at enterprise value of $2.4 billionJones 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 execution of an Option Agreement for a potential joint venture with Stelco Inc., a vertically integrated Canadian steelmaker.
  • Athersys completes $57.6 million public offering of Common StockJones Day represented Athersys, Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing novel and proprietary best-in-class therapies designed to extend and enhance the quality of human life, in connection with the $57.6 million underwritten public offering of 25,587,500 shares of Common Stock.
  • FuseFx merges with Folks VFXJones Day advised FuseFX, a portfolio company of EagleTree Capital, in the merger of FuseFX with Folks VFX, a high-end, independent visual effects studio headquartered in Montréal with additional studio locations in Toronto and Bogotá, Colombia.
  • U.S. Steel acquires remaining 50% ownership interest in USS-POSCO Industries from POSCO-California CorporationJones Day advised United States Steel Corporation in its acquisition of POSCO-California Corporation's 50% partnership interest in USS-POSCO Industries, a Pittsburg, California-based producer of cold-rolled sheets, galvanized sheets, and tin mill products made from hot bands, resulting in USS-POSCO Industries becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary of U.S. Steel.
  • Dorilton Capital portfolio company acquires Element Integrity Group, Inc.Jones Day represented Dorilton Capital in the acquisition by portfolio company, Versa Integrity Group, Inc., of the assets of Element Integrity Group, Inc., a provider of innovative mechanical integrity and non-destructive testing services to the petrochemical industry, including in consulting, program implementation, inspection, verification, and testing.
  • FlaglerCE sold assets to Alta Equipment Holdings Inc.Jones Day advised FlaglerCE Holdings, LLC in the sale of substantially all of its assets to Alta Equipment Holdings Inc.
  • Huntington Ingalls to sell San Diego Shipyard to Titan Acquisition HoldingsJones Day is advising Huntington Ingalls Industries in the sale of its San Diego Shipyard to Titan Acquisition Holdings.
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