John K.Kane

Of Counsel

New York + 1.212.326.3933

John Kane has more than 25 years experience representing clients in corporate transactions. His practice is focused on the purchase and sale of privately held companies or divisions, joint ventures, venture capital investments, and transactions involving distressed or bankrupt targets or sellers. John has represented a wide range of domestic and foreign clients, including both publicly traded and private strategic buyers, private equity funds, chapter 11 debtors, and management groups.

Recent clients and transactions include: acquisitions, sales, and joint ventures for Hachette Book Group, International Automotive Components Group, and Quintiles Transnational Holdings; bankruptcy sales by Alpha Natural Resources, NII Holdings (Nextel Mexico), Radio Shack, Hostess, and Chrysler; WL Ross & Co.'s investments in the automotive, insurance, railcar, textile, coal, and steel industries; and multiple preferred stock investments by Celgene Corporation and Invesco Asset Management Limited in early-stage companies.

Earlier in his career, John was the general counsel of ClickThings, Inc., a New York-based software company that developed software for the management and publishing of internet-based content.


  • Red Stone and its affiliates sell its business to Ready Capital CorporationJones Day represented Red Stone and its affiliates in the sale of its business to Ready Capital Corporation.
  • 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.
  • NII Holdings sold Nextel Brazil to América Móvil for $948.5 millionJones Day advised NII Holdings, Inc. in the sale of its 70% interest in its Brazilian operations ("Nextel Brazil") to América Móvil S.A.B. de C.V. for $948.5 million on a debt-free and cash-free basis.
  • 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.
  • International Automotive Components Group completes refinancing of Senior Secured NotesJones Day advised International Automotive Components Group, S.A., a leading global supplier of automotive components and systems, in connection with the issuance of $215 million of Senior Secured Notes due 2023 to Gamut Capital Management, L.P. in a private placement.
  • Auria Solutions obtains $350 million credit facilityJones Day advised Auria Solutions USA Inc., a supplier of soft trim and acoustical products for the automotive industry, in connection with a $350 million facility with Bank of America, N.A., as administrative agent. The new credit facility consisted of a $100 million term loan, a $150 million revolving credit facility, and a $100 million delayed draw term loan, and was made in connection with long-time client International Automotive Components Group North America LLC's spin-off of its soft-trim business into a joint venture with Shanghai Shenda Co., Ltd.
  • International Automotive Components and Shanghai Shenda complete joint venture transaction forming AuriaJones Day advised International Automotive Components Group S.A. ("IAC") in the formation of Auria Solutions Ltd., a new global supplier of soft trim and acoustical products for the automotive industry and joint venture with Shanghai Shenda Co. Ltd. ("Shenda") .
  • Stewart & Stevenson businesses sold to Kirby Corporation for $756.5 millionJones Day advised Stewart & Stevenson LLC in the sale of its businesses and assets to Kirby Corporation for $756.5 million.
  • Starbucks invests in solar photovoltaic generating facility in Maxton, North CarolinaJones Day advised Starbucks Corporation, the premier roaster, marketer, and retailer of specialty coffee in the world, in connection with its tax equity investment in a 33.8 MW (AC) ground mounted solar photovoltaic generating facility located in Maxton, North Carolina developed and sponsored by VivoPower (the "Project") and in its purchase of solar renewal energy certificates related thereto from an affiliate of VivoPower.
  • Goode Partners invests in Silver DinerJones Day advised Goode Partners LLC in connection with its investment in Silver Diner, Inc., operator of the successful Silver Diner, Silver Diner Airport, and Silver restaurants that bring an innovative menu to the classic American diner.
  • Alpha Natural Resources plan confirmed by U.S. Bankruptcy CourtOn July 12, 2016, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia entered an order confirming the Second Amended Joint Plan of Reorganization of Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. and 148 of its debtor affiliates, less than one year after Alpha, one of the largest coal companies in the United States, entered chapter 11 with liabilities of approximately $7.1 billion amidst the most challenging economic environment for coal producers in decades.
  • Monster acquires JobrJones Day advised Monster Worldwide, Inc. in its acquisition of Jobr, a mobile job discovery app.
  • Hachette Book Group and KADOKAWA form joint venture to operate Yen PressJones Day advised Hachette Book Group ("HBG") in its formation of a joint venture, joining HBG’s Yen Press imprint, a leader in the U.S. publication of Japanese manga and light novels, with KADOKAWA, a major Japanese publisher.
  • DENKA buys Neoprene polychloroprene business of DuPont™Jones Day advised Denki Kagaku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha (DENKA) in the purchase of the Neoprene polychloroprene business of DuPont™ by Denka Performance Elastomer LLC, a joint venture company owned 70 percent by DENKA and 30 percent by Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
  • NII Holdings sells Nextel Mexico to AT&T for $1.875 billionJones Day advised NII Holdings, Inc., a provider of differentiated mobile communication services operating under the Nextel brand in Latin America, in connection with the sale of its Mexican operations managed by its indirect subsidiary, Nextel de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., to AT&T for $1.875 billion, less the outstanding net debt of the business at closing.
  • RadioShack sells Latin American business at auctionJones Day represented RadioShack in connection with the sale of its Latin American business to Regal Forest Holdings.
  • RadioShack sells Mexican business to Office DepotJones Day represented RadioShack in connection with the $32 million sale of its Mexican business to Office Depot de Mexico SA de CV.
  • RadioShack sells prepaid phones to Quality One WirelessJones Day represented RadioShack in connection with the sale of prepaid mobile phones to Quality One Wireless, LLC, which had also purchased handsets and accessories.
  • RadioShack successfully navigates contentious bankruptcy saleJones Day represented RadioShack Corporation, the century old, iconic American retailer as lead restructuring counsel in chapter 11 cases filed in Delaware bankruptcy court on February 5, 2015.
  • Quintiles and Quest Diagnostics to form joint venture to provide clinical trials laboratory servicesJones Day is advising Quintiles Transnational Holdings Inc. in its joint venture with Quest Diagnostics Inc. to form a global clinical trials laboratory services business.
  • Additional Publications

    • November 2010
      Stock-for-Stock Exchange Offers in the United States: Underutilized Infrastructure, MARR
    • December 30, 2004
      Distressed M&A - Section 1145: Theory Versus Practice, coauthored with Corinne Ball, New York Law Journal
    • 2003
      Bidding Procedures and Sale Orders: The Keys to Distress M&A, American Law Institute-American Bar Association Publication (SJ025 ALI-ABA 411)
    • November 1, 2003
      Section 363 Sales: Bidding Procedures and Sale Orders, 26th Forum on Negotiating Corporate Acquisition - Public and Private
    • November 1, 2003
      Section 363 Sales: Bidding Procedures and Sale Orders, 35th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation
    • October 29, 2003
      Fallen Angels: An Acquisition Opportunity, with Corinne Ball and assistance from Randi Lesnick, New York Law Journal