Edward T.Kennedy (Ed)

Practice Leader Tax

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Ed Kennedy, who co-leads the Firm's global Tax Practice, works with Fortune 500 companies, strategic investors, private equity groups, and hedge funds to structure their investments in a tax-efficient manner. He also works with large U.S.-based multinational corporations in connection with their global tax planning. Ed works with foreign entities and foreign sovereign wealth funds in connection with their inbound investments in the U.S., including investments in stock, securities, partnerships, and real estate. His practice involves all aspects of federal and international taxation, including M&A, Subpart F planning, contract manufacturing, hedging programs, cross-border structured finance, partnership planning, tax controversy, and cost sharing.

Ed worked on the federal and international tax aspects of the restructuring of Chrysler LLC in chapter 11. He worked with Reynolds American in connection with its acquisition by British American Tobacco Plc in a deal valued at $49 billion. He advised Monster Beverage Corporation in connection with its long-term commercial relationship with The Coca Cola Company, with Monster Beverage Corporation receiving a net cash payment of $2.15 billion. He represented Gtech S.p.A. in connection with its acquisition of International Game Technology for $6.4 billion. Ed also played a leading role in structuring Pfizer's $16.6 billion sale of its consumer health care business to Johnson & Johnson.

Ed, a member of the New York State Bar Association Tax Section, has lectured at conferences on numerous topics involving federal and international taxation.

Experience

  • Northstar Travel Group acquires travAlliancemediaJones Day advised Northstar Travel Group, a company owned by funds managed by EagleTree Capital, in its acquisition of travAlliancemedia, a leading marketing services, digital media, event and information company serving the retail travel community in North America.
  • Ad hoc group of senior secured lenders advised in landmark restructuring of the syncreon groupJones Day acted for the ad hoc group of senior secured lenders in the landmark restructuring of the global logistics syncreon group which was implemented via English Schemes of arrangement, with chapter 15 recognition in the U.S. and CCAA recognition in Canada.
  • Modern Media Acquisition completes merger agreement with Akazoo Ltd.Jones Day advised Modern Media Acquisition Corp. ("MMDM"), a special purpose acquisition company, in its business combination with Akazoo Limited, a U.K.- based digital music streaming platform specializing in emerging markets.
  • Deltek acquires ComputerEaseJones Day advised Deltek, a subsidiary of Roper Technologies, Inc., a technology company that operates businesses that design and develop software and engineered products for global niche markets, in its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of ComputerEase, a provider of construction accounting software.
  • Trafigura acquires majority stake in Nyrstar operating businessJones Day advised Trafigura Group Pte. Ltd. (“Trafigura”), a market leader in the global commodities industry, in connection with its acquisition of a majority stake in the operating business of Nyrstar, a multi-billion dollar global metals business.
  • CORSAIR acquires ORIGIN PCJones Day advised CORSAIR®, a portfolio company of EagleTree Capital and manufacturer of high-performance gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, in connection with the acquisition of custom gaming PC manufacturer, ORIGIN PC.
  • Cineworld Group completes asset monetization strategies in United States through cinema sale-leaseback transactionsJones Day advised UK headquartered, Cineworld Group PLC in connection with an asset monetization strategy in the United States involving a combined cash consideration of $556.3 million cinema sale-leaseback transactions to convert a substantial portion of Cineworld’s U.S. real estate holdings into cash to leverage its equity and optimize efficiency.
  • Finacity Corporation acquired by Greensill CapitalJones Day advised Finacity Corporation, a leader in specialized receivables securitization, in its acquisition by Greensill Capital, the leading non-bank provider of working capital finance for companies globally.
  • Newell Brands to sell The United States Playing Card Company to Cartamundi GroupJones Day is advising Newell Brands Inc. in the sale of The United States Playing Card Company ("USPC") to Cartamundi Group, a leading manufacturer and distributor of playing cards and board games.
  • iAero Group acquires Swift AirJones Day advised iAero Group LLC (f.k.a. Blue Skies Aerospace Group LLC), as majority shareholder of the iAero Group, in its purchase of Swift Air, the leading independent U.S. airline charter business.
  • Ideavillage sells Flawless and Finishing Touch business to Church & Dwight for $900 millionJones Day advised Ideavillage Products Corporation in the sale of its Flawless Finishing Touch business to Church & Dwight for $900 million.
  • Newell Brands sells Process Solutions to One Rock Capital Partners, LLC for $500 millionJones Day advised Newell Brands Inc. in the sale of its Process Solutions business to One Rock Capital Partners, LLC for $500 million in cash.
  • Twin River Worldwide Holdings combines with Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc.Jones Day advised Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. in its merger with Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc.
  • Diamond S Shipping merges with tanker business of Capital Product Partners for $1.65 billionJones Day advised Diamond S Shipping L.P. in its $1.65 billion merger with the tanker business of Capital Product Partners (CPP).
  • Nutrien acquires Actagro, LLC for $340 millionJones Day advised Nutrien Ltd. in its $340 million acquisition of Actagro, LLC, a developer, manufacturer, and marketer of environmentally sustainable soil and plant health products and technologies.
  • UPL acquires Arysta LifeScience from Platform Specialty Products Corporation for $4.2 billionJones Day advised UPL Limited ("UPL"), a leading global generic agrochemical company based in India, in connection with its subsidiary, UPL Corporation Limited’s, US$4.2 billion acquisition and related $3 billion term financing of Arysta Lifescience Inc. (“Arysta”), a global provider of crop protection solutions, including bio-solutions and seed treatment, from NYSE listed Platform Specialty Products Corporation (“Platform”).
  • Newell Brands sells Pure Fishing to Sycamore Partners for $1.3 billionJones Day advised Newell Brands Inc. in the sale of its Pure Fishing business to Sycamore Partners for approximately $1.3 billion in cash.
  • EagleTree Capital acquires majority stake in FuseFXJones Day advised EagleTree Capital in connection with the acquisition of a majority stake in and related financing of FuseFX, LLC, a visual effects studio providing visual effects services for episodic television, feature films, commercials, and VR productions.
  • EagleTree Capital sells Paris Presents to Yellow Wood PartnersJones Day advised EagleTree Capital in its sale of Paris Presents, Inc., a leading provider of branded cosmetic and bath accessories to mass merchants, drug stores, specialty beauty stores, and online retailers, to Yellow Wood Partners.
  • CORSAIR acquires Elgato GamingJones Day advised Corsair Gaming, Inc., a portfolio company of EagleTree Capital, in connection with the acquisition of the gaming division of Elgato Systems GmbH, which develops, designs and manufactures video game streaming software and hardware products.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • June 22-23, 2015
      2015 Tax Executives Institute Region II Conference
    • January 13, 2010
      Executive Roundtable Series: Navigating the Tax Laws Under Current Economic Conditions: What the New Administration Is Doing and What the Future May Hold for Businesses
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