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

  • 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.
  • Materion to acquire Optics Balzers, AG for $160 millionJones Day is advising 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.
  • 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.
  • CoStar Group to acquire RentPath from Chapter 11 bankruptcyJones Day is advising CoStar Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSGP), the leading provider of commercial real estate information, analytics, and online marketplaces, in connection with its $588 million acquisition of RentPath from a Chapter 11 bankruptcy process.
  • Flat River Group receives investment by Guardian Capital PartnersJones Day advised Flat River Group, LLC, an eCommerce distributor, marketer, and service provider, in connection with the investment by Guardian Capital Partners.
  • Athersys establishes equity purchase facility for sale of up to $100 million of common stockJones Day represented Athersys, Inc. in connection with the establishment of an equity purchase facility for the sale of up to $100 million of Athersys’ shares of common stock to Aspire Capital Fund LLC.
  • HOERBIGER Group acquires Deublin CompanyJones Day advised HOERBIGER Group, a privately-held industrial company headquartered in Switzerland, on the acquisition of Deublin Company, the leading manufacturer of rotating unions in the world.
  • PolyOne sells its Performance Products and Solutions business to SK Capital Partners for $775 millionJones Day advised PolyOne Corporation (NYSE: POL), a leading global provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions, in its $775 million cash sale of its Performance Products and Solutions business to SK Capital Partners.
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