Edward T.Kennedy (Ed)

Practice Leader Tax

New York + 1.212.326.3775

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

  • Riverside to sell Lexipol to GTCRJones Day is representing The Riverside Company in the sale of Lexipol, a leader in policy management and training platforms for state and local governments, to GTCR.
  • Bally's acquires Gamesys for $2.7 billionJones Day advised Bally's Corporation in its $2.7 billion acquisition of Gamesys Ltd., an LSE-listed online gaming company.
  • Roper Technologies sells TransCore to Singapore Technologies Engineering for $2.68 BillionJones Day is advising Roper Technologies, Inc. in the sale of TransCore Partners, LLC and TLP Holdings, LLC to an affiliate of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd. for $2.68 billion in cash, subject to customary purchase price adjustments.
  • Sasser Family Companies acquires Falcon LeaseJones Day advised Sasser Family Companies in the acquisition of Singapore-based global container lessor Falcon Lease Holdings Pte Ltd and its group of companies.
  • Arc acquires Farmers Guardian and LAMMA Ltd from AgriBriefingJones Day advised Arc, a business partnership between EagleTree Capital and Simon Foster, in its acquisition of Farmers Guardian Ltd and LAMMA Ltd, the UK agriculture division of AgriBriefing.
  • Riverside sells portfolio company Greenphire to Thoma BravoJones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with the sale of portfolio company Greenphire, the global leader in financial lifecycle management software for clinical trials, to Thoma Bravo, a software focused private equity firm.
  • EagleTree Capital acquires IntegreonJones Day advised EagleTree Capital in connection with the acquisition and financing of Integreon, a leading global managed services provider, from NewQuest Capital Partners.
  • Bespoke Capital Acquisition Corp. combines with Vintage Wine EstatesJones Day advised Bespoke Capital Acquisition Corp., a TSX listed special acquisition company ("BCAC"), on its business combination with Vintage Wine Estates, one of the fastest growing U.S. wine producers.
  • Funds managed by EagleTree Capital complete sale of Corsair Gaming Inc.’s Common Stock for $160 million in block tradeJones Day acted as legal counsel to funds managed by EagleTree Capital, LP in connection with the sale of Corsair Gaming Inc.’s Common Stock for aggregate consideration of $160 million in a block trade pursuant to Rule 144.
  • Bally's Corporation acquires Tropicana Evansville casino in series of transactions valued at $624 million in the aggregateJones Day advised Bally's Corporation in the $624 million acquisition of the Tropicana Evansville casino operations from Caesars Entertainment, Inc.
  • Bally's acquires Bet.Works for $125 million and announces strategic partnership with Sinclair BroadcastJones Day advised Bally's Corporation in its $125 million acquisition of Bet.Works, a U.S. based sports betting platform provider to operators in New Jersey, Iowa, Indiana, and Colorado, and a long-term strategic partnership with Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., pursuant to which 21 FOX RSN brands will be rebranded using the Bally’s name and Bally’s will integrate content into the 190 television stations that Sinclair owns, operates, or provides services to across 88 markets and sports networks.
  • Bunge Limited completes $1 billion Senior Notes offering by Bunge Limited Finance CorporationJones Day represented Bunge Limited, an exempted company incorporated under the laws of Bermuda, in connection with the public offering of $1 billion aggregate principal amount of 2.750% Senior Notes due 2031 by its wholly owned finance subsidiary, Bunge Limited Finance Corporation.
  • Riverside to sell ARCOSJones Day is advising The Riverside Company in its sale of ARCOS, the market leader in resource management software for utilities, airlines, and other critical infrastructure industries, to Vista Equity Partners.
  • Bally's to acquire Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel and Casino for $308 millionJones Day is advising Bally’s Corporation in its $308 million acquisition of the Tropicana Las Vegas, Nevada, casino from Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc.
  • Ferraro Foods sells company to Kelso & CompanyJones Day advised the management sellers in the sale by Kainos Capital of Ferraro Foods, a specialty foodservice distributor delivering quality food and supplies, primarily to the Italian restaurant and pizzeria segment in the Eastern U.S., to funds managed by Kelso & Company.
  • KKR advised in sale of Cherwell Software to Clearlake Capital and TA Associates-Backed IvantiJones Day advised affiliated funds of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. as lead investor in Cherwell Software in connection with its acquisition by Ivanti, Inc., backed by Clearlake Capital Group and TA Associates.
  • Bally's acquires Monkey Knife FightJones Day advised Bally's Corporation in its acquisition of Monkey Knife Fight, the award-winning, fastest-growing gaming platform and third-largest daily fantasy sports operator in North America, in an all-stock transaction.
  • Bally's forms $120 million joint venture with Ira Lubert to construct and operate state-of-the-art casino in Centre County, PennsylvaniaJones Day is advising Bally's Corporation in its $120 million joint venture with Ira Lubert to jointly design, develop, construct, and manage a Category 4 licensed casino to be located within a 15-mile radius of Unionville Borough, Centre County, Pennsylvania, and majority equity interest in the partnership, including 100% of the economic interests of all retail sports betting, online sports betting, and iGaming activities associated with the project.
  • Helios Technologies acquires Balboa Water Group for $218.5 millionJones Day advised Helios Technologies in the $218.5 million acquisition of BWG Holdings I Corp. (operating as Balboa Water Group) from investment funds affiliated with AEA Investors LP.
  • Funds managed by EagleTree Capital complete $238 million IPO of Corsair GamingJones Day acted as legal counsel to funds managed by EagleTree Capital, LP in Corsair Gaming Inc.’s $238 million initial public offering, reflecting an enterprise value of approximately $1.7 billion.
  • 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