Michael M.McGovern


New York + 1.212.326.3463

Michael McGovern advises public and private companies on the employee benefits and executive compensation elements of corporate transactions. These include mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, spin-offs, private equity, and leverage buyouts.

Michael also provides ongoing advice to public and private companies with respect to day to day executive compensation matters including equity and incentive design, implementation and administration and negotiation and drafting of employment agreements, retention programs, and separation agreements. He also advises clients regarding the administration and compliance of retirement, savings, and welfare benefit plans with the Internal Revenue Code and ERISA.

Michael is also committed to pro bono service. Most recently, he represented a victim of gang-based violence in Latin America seeking asylum protection within the United States.


  • SunPower announces sponsored spin-off of solar panel production operationsJones Day is advising SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR), one of North America's largest solar-panel makers, in a sponsored spin-off of its solar panel production operations into a new public company – Maxeon Solar Technologies – which will be headquartered in Singapore.
  • J.F. Lehman acquires Lone Star Disposal, Delta Waste Services, and Tanner Road FacilityJones Day advised long-standing client J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading mid-market private equity firm focused on the defense, aerospace, and maritime sectors, in connection with the acquisition and related financing of Lone Star Disposal, L.P.; Delta Waste Services, L.P.; and Tanner Road Facility, L.P.
  • Airtech acquires Champion Valves Inc. and Valve & Pump Specialties, Inc.Jones Day advised Airtech Group, a portfolio company of EagleTree Capital, in connection with the acquisition and related financing of Champion Valves Inc. and Valve & Pump Specialties, Inc., a designer, assembler, and distributor of industrial check valves and butterfly valves.
  • EagleTree Capital acquires Invincible Boat CompanyJones Day advised EagleTree Capital in connection with the acquisition and related financing of Invincible Boat Company, a manufacturer of saltwater fishing boats.
  • Milliken & Company acquires PolartecJones Day advised Milliken & Company in its acquisition of Polartec, a strong global brand known for its innovative performance textiles for outdoor and military apparel, from Versa Capital Management, LLC.
  • Milliken & Company acquires Andover Healthcare, Inc. and Andover Resources, Inc.Jones Day advised Milliken & Company, an industrial manufacturer that is active in a breadth of disciplines, including specialty chemical, floor covering, performance and protective textile materials, in connection with the acquisition of Andover Healthcare, Inc. and Andover Resources, Inc., leading manufacturers of cohesive bandages and tapes for healthcare, animal health, and sports medicine industries.
  • International Wire Group acquired by affiliates of Atlas HoldingsJones Day advised International Wire Group Holdings, Inc. ("IWG") in connection with its acquisition by affiliates of Atlas Holdings LLC.
  • USG acquired by Gebr. Knauf for $7 billionJones Day advised USG Corporation in the acquisition by Gebr. Knauf KG ("Knauf") of all of the outstanding shares of USG in a transaction valued at $7 billion.
  • OMNI Environmental Solutions acquires Force Environmental SolutionsJones Day advised OMNI Environmental Solutions, Inc., a portfolio company of One Equity Partners, in connection with the acquisition and related financing of Pennsylvania-based Force Environmental Solutions, LLC, a provider of environmental equipment and transportation and disposal services to energy producers in the northeast U.S.
  • 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.
  • Babcock & Wilcox sells MEGTEC and Universal for $130 millionJones Day advised Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises Inc. in the $130 million sale of its Universal/Megtec businesses to Dürr AG.
  • 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.
  • Nine Dragons Paper acquires Catalyst Paper Corporation for $175 millionJones Day advised Nine Dragons Paper in its $175 million acquisition of the Rumford, Maine and Biron, Wisconsin paper mills of Catalyst Paper Corporation.
  • Scotts Miracle-Gro acquires Sunlight Supply Inc. for $450 millionJones Day advised The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Hawthorne Hydroponics LLC ("Hawthorne Gardening"), in connection with Hawthorne Gardening's purchase of the assets of Sunlight Supply, Inc. and various of its affiliates for $450 million.
  • EagleTree Capital acquires Airtech GroupJones Day advised EagleTree Capital in its acquisition of a majority stake in and related financing of Airtech Group, a provider of specialized pressure technologies.
  • Goode Partners invests in Marolina OutdoorJones Day represented Goode Partners LLC in connection with its investment in Charleston, South Carolina-based Marolina Outdoor Inc., a manufacturer of performance apparel for fishing and hunting enthusiasts.
  • Riverside sells Outward HoundJones Day advised The Riverside Company in connection with its sale of The Kyjen Company, LLC d.b.a. Outward Hound, a designer and distributor of interactive pet toys and accessories.
  • GE sells industrial solutions business to ABB for $2.6 billionJones Day advised General Electric Co. with respect to labor, employment, and employee benefits matters in connection with the sale of GE's industrial solutions business to Switzerland-based ABB for $2.6 billion.
  • Verizon sells its cloud and managed hosting service to IBMJones Day advised Verizon Communications, Inc. in the sale of its cloud and managed hosting service to International Business Machines Corporation.
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