Michael J.McGuinness


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Michael McGuinness brings his more than two decades of experience on high-profile transactions to his work for clients of the Firm. Over the course of his career, his practice has focused on managing global cross-border M&A transactions, including across Europe and Latin America. Prior to returning to private practice in 2009, Michael also held several prominent roles at GE, including general counsel of one of its industrial business units. Michael currently serves as an independent director of the board and member of the audit committee of LatAmGrowth SPAC (Nasdaq: LATGU), a publicly traded blank check company targeting high-growth businesses operating in Latin America.

Michael's experience while at Jones Day includes representing Verizon in its $5 billion sale of its wireless tower portfolio to American Tower, J&F Investimentos in its attempted $4 billion sale of Brazilian pulp & paper company Eldorado to Celulosa Arauco, and Signature Aviation in its $1.4 billion sale of Ontic to CVC Capital Partners. Prior to joining the Firm, Michael represented GE in its $4.3 billion acquisition of the aviation business of Avio S.p.A.; GrupoSura in its approximately $3.6 billion acquisition of ING's Latin America pensions, life insurance, and investment operations; and Anglo American plc in its $5.4 billion sale to Mitsubishi of a 24.5% stake in Anglo American Sur, a Chilean copper mining company.

Michael, who has appeared on Bloomberg News to discuss U.S.-Mexico relations and published widely on Latin American matters, has been recognized as a "legal star" by the Latin Business Chronicle and described by The Legal 500 as a "Latin America M&A Heavyweight."


  • Sonepar to sell Vallen Distribution to Nautic PartnersJones Day is representing the Sonepar Group – a Paris-headquartered global leader in B-to-B distribution of electrical products, solutions and related services – in the sale of Sonepar's subsidiary business, Vallen Distribution, to Nautic Partners, a middle-market private equity firm based in Rhode Island.
  • Signature Aviation purchases Vail Valley Jet Center FBOJones Day advised Signature Aviation Ltd. in the acquisition of Vail Valley Jet Center, the fixed-base operator (“FBO”) at Eagle County Regional Airport (Airport code: EGE) in Gypsum, Colorado, serving the Vail Valley.
  • Signature Aviation sells Global Engine Services business to StandardAero for $230 millionJones Day advised Signature Aviation plc, a market-leading provider of global aviation support services, in the $230 million sale of the Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO) business to StandardAero, a portfolio company owned by The Carlyle Group and a leading provider of maintenance, repair, and overhaul services.
  • BBA Aviation sells Ontic for $1.365 billionJones Day advised BBA Aviation plc ("BBA") in the sale of its Ontic business to an investment fund affiliated with CVC Capital Partners for $1.365 billion.
  • 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.
  • Baker Hughes sells natural gas solutions business to First Reserve and Pietro FiorentiniJones Day advised Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), in the sale of its global Natural Gas Solutions (NGS) business to two separate buyers, First Reserve and Pietro Fiorentini.
  • GE Digital acquires IQP CorporationJones Day advised GE Digital in its acquisition of IQP Corporation, a start-up operating in Israel, Japan, and the U.S. that provides a no-code or low-code IoT app builder, with a visual interface available on mobile, tablet, and PC, includes data apps, and is installable on public cloud, private cloud, and on premise.
  • GE Healthcare acquires RapidscanJones Day advised GE Healthcare in connection with its acquisition of Rapidscan Pharma Solutions, Inc., which is a single product pharmaceutical company with the exclusive rights to produce and sell the pharmacological stress agent Rapiscan® (regadenoson) in territories outside of North America.
  • Verizon leases over 11,300 wireless towers to American Tower for $5 billionJones Day represented Verizon Communications, Inc. with respect to the lease of over 11,300 of its company-owned wireless towers to American Tower Corporation, which also purchased approximately 165 Verizon towers, for a total up-front payment of approximately $5 billion.
  • Smith & Nephew acquires EuroCiencia ColombiaJones Day represented Smith & Nephew Plc in the acquisition of the Colombian entity EuroCiencia.
  • The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.

    Represented General Electric Company in numerous transactions, including: the $4.3 billion acquisition of Avio S.p.A.'s aviation business; the $4.8 billion purchase of Smiths Aerospace, the aviation division of Smiths Group plc; the $9.3 billion sale of GE Insurance Solutions, GE's property and casualty business, to Swiss Re; the $825 million sale of Medical Protective Liability, GE's malpractice insurance business, to Berkshire Hathaway; the $500 million sale of a majority interest in Genpact (formerly known as Gecis), GE's business process outsourcing business, to General Atlantic Partners and Oakhill Capital; and the $800 million sale of Global Exchange Services, GE's information services division, to Francisco Partners.

    Represented Anglo American in the $5.4 billion sale to Mitsubishi of a 24.5 percent interest in Anglo American Sur, a Chilean copper mining company, and the subsequent settlement of a related dispute; the $2.8 billion sale of an interest in AA Sur to CODELCO, a Chilean state-owned company, and Mitsui; and the $1 billion auction sale of Moly Cop and AltaSteel to OneSteel Limited.

    Represented Helm Corporation in its sale of Helm Bank SA to CorpBanca Colombia, a subsidiary of CorpBanca SA, for cash and shares.

    Represented JBS in its joint venture with U.S.-based Link Snacks; multiple acquisitions of blocks of shares of Pilgrim's Pride from Pilgrim Interests; and the $2.8 billion acquisition of a majority stake and certain assets of Pilgrim's Pride through a U.S. bankruptcy proceeding.

    Represented Indústrias Romi, the Brazilian machine tools manufacturer, in its unsolicited offer to purchase the U.S. company Hardinge.

    Represented Eton Park Capital Management in its controlling equity investment in HydroChile, a small Chilean hydroelectric energy company.

    Represented Cyrela Commercial Properties in its Brazil-focused $400 million real estate venture with GIC Real Estate (the real estate investment arm of the Singapore Investment Corporation) and CPPIB US RE-A (a subsidiary of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board).

    Represented SmithKline Beecham in the $1.63 billion sale of antiviral drugs Famvir and Denavir/Vectavir to Novartis and the $1.23 billion sale of anti-emitic drug Kytril to Roche Holding.

    Represented Intermagnetics General Corporation in its initial unsolicited bid for, and subsequent friendly $152 million acquisition of, Invivo Corporation.

    Represented Quest Diagnostics in its strategic alliance with Enterix, a provider of colorectal cancer screening tests.

    Represented Thomson Corporation in its strategic alliance with Unext, an online provider of business education backed by an academic consortium, including Stanford and Columbia Universities.

    Represented Fondo Mexicano para la Conservacion de la Naturaleza in its fundraising activities in connection with the development of the IMAX film "Flight of the Butterflies."

    Represented Cantarell Nitrogen Company (a Mexican project company) and its principal shareholders, BOC Group, Marubeni Corporation, and Westcoast Energy, in the start-up construction and $623 million limited recourse financing of the world's largest nitrogen production facility.

    Represented a domestic partner of a victim of WTC tragedy before Federal Victims Compensation Fund.

    Additional Publications

    Publications Prior to Jones Day

    Beijing the Matchmaker in China and Latin America's Courtship, International Financial Law Review, July/August 2013 (coauthor)

    Investment: The Middle East Comes to Latin America, Americas Quarterly, Spring 2010 (coauthor)

    "Corporate Governance for Foreign Private Issuers: Overview, Practical Law Company Corporate and Securities web service, 2009 (coauthor)

    Going Private Transactions: A Practitioner's Guide, 30 The Delaware Journal of Corporate Law 2, 2005 (coauthor)

    The Politics of Labor Regulation in North America: A Reconsideration of Labor Law Enforcement in Mexico, 21 University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Economic Law 1, 2000

    The Landscape of Labor Law Enforcement in North America: An Examination of Mexico's Labor Regulatory Policy and Practices, 29 Law & Policy in International Business, The Internal Law Journal of Georgetown University Law Center 365, 1998

    Recent Development, The Protection of Labor Rights in North America: A Commentary on the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation, 30 Stanford Journal of International Law 579, 1994

    Hacia una Politica Social para America del Norte: Ensayo sobre Ia Importancia de Ia Carta Social y el Fondo Estructural Europeos para el TLCAN, in MEXICO, EST ADOS-UN IDOS, CANADA, 1991-92 at 131 (Gustavo Vega Canova ed., 1993)