William E.H.McDonald (Will)

Partner

London + 44.20.7039.5150

Will McDonald is a corporate lawyer and works principally in the areas of private and public M&A and corporate finance, both in domestic and cross-border transactions. He advises across multiple industries, including aerospace and aviation, technology, real estate, and natural resources. Will has particular experience in UK public transactions, having been seconded for two years to the UK Takeover Panel as a case officer.

During his time at the Panel, he regulated more than 250 transactions governed by the Takeover Code, including Anheuser-Busch InBev's £71 billion offer for SABMiller, Zurich's abortive £6 billion bid for RSA, Liberty Global's £4 billion offer for Cable & Wireless Communications, Lonestar's £700m offer for Quintain Estates and Development, the competitive takeover of Salamander Energy by Ophir Energy, and the hostile takeover of ISG by Cathexis.

Recent transactions on which Will has advised includes Hansteen Holdings £500m takeover by funds advised by Blackstone, J.F. Lehman's acquisition of Global Marine Group, British Land's disposal of £429 million of Sainsbury's superstores to Realty Income Corporation, Roper Technologies' £410 million acquisition of the Foundry, and Huadong Medicine's £170m offer for Sinclair Pharma plc.

Experience

  • 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.
  • J.F. Lehman & Company sells BEI PrecisionJones Day advised J.F. Lehman & Company in the sale of BEI Precision Systems & Space Company, Inc. to Quantic Corporate Holdings, Inc., a portfolio company of Arcline Investment Management.
  • TransDigm Group sells Technical Airborne Components to Searchlight Capital PartnersJones Day advised TransDigm Group Incorporated in the sale of Technical Airborne Components, a leading designer and manufacturer of rods and struts for the aerospace industry, to Searchlight Capital Partners.
  • J.F. Lehman & Company acquires Trillium Engineering, LLCJones Day advised J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading middle-market private equity firm focused exclusively on the aerospace, defense, maritime, government and environmental sectors, on its acquisition of a substantial investment in Trillium Engineering, LLC, a leading designer and manufacturer of highly engineered camera gimbals for unmanned aerial systems ("UAS") performing mission-critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, from its founders.
  • TransDigm Group acquires Cobham Aero Connectivity for $965 millionJones Day advised TransDigm Group Incorporated as regulatory counsel in the $965 million acquisition of Cobham Aero Connectivity, a leading provider of highly engineered antennas and radios for the aerospace end market.
  • British Land sells 75% interest in London's West End offices for £401 millionJones Day is advising The British Land Company PLC on the sale of a 75% interest in a portfolio of three buildings in London's West End to Allianz Real Estate for £401 million.
  • J.F. Lehman & Company acquires CTS EnginesJones Day advised J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading middle-market private equity firm focused exclusively on the aerospace, defense, maritime, government and environmental sectors, in the acquisition of CTS Engines, LLC and CTS Testing, LLC.
  • Swissport completes cross-border restructuringJones Day has advised sponsor, HNA, on the cross-border restructuring of the air freight and logistics business, Swissport.
  • Koch Equity Development invests preferred equity in AIM listed Victoria plcJones Day advised Koch Equity Development LLC ("KED"), the acquisition and investment subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., on its investment into AIM listed Victoria plc ("Victoria"), a UK-based global designer, manufacturer, and distributor of flooring products.
  • L Brands announces partnership with Next PLC for Victoria's Secret UKJones Day represented L Brands, Inc. in its partnership with Next PLC for its company-owned Victoria's Secret business in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
  • Freudenberg acquires Low & Bonar PLCJones Day represented Freudenberg SE, the global technology group, in connection with the £107 million takeover offer by group member, FV Beteiligungs-GmbH, of Low & Bonar PLC via a Scheme of Arrangement.
  • OMNOVA acquired by Synthomer plc for $824 millionJones Day advised OMNOVA Solutions Inc. in its $824 million acquisition by Synthomer plc, a United Kingdom-based specialty chemical company.
  • J.F. Lehman acquires Global Marine GroupJones Day advised long-standing client J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading middle-market private equity firm focused exclusively on the aerospace, defense, maritime, government, and environmental sectors, in connection with the acquisition and related financing of Global Marine Group.
  • Sumitomo Heavy Industries invests $46 million into Highview PowerJones Day advised Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd., a technology leader in industrial machinery and environmental and power technologies, in its $46 million investment into Highview Power, a global leader in long-duration energy storage solutions.
  • Hansteen acquired by Potter UK Bidco Limited for £500 millionJones Day advised Hansteen Holdings PLC in the £500 million recommended cash acquisition of Hansteen by Potter UK Bidco Limited, a newly-formed company indirectly owned by investment funds advised by affiliates of The Blackstone Group Inc., effected by means of a Scheme of Arrangement.
  • Hansteen sells Belgian portfolio to Belgian real estate investorJones Day assisted Hansteen Holdings PLC in the sale of its Belgian real estate portfolio to a Belgian real estate investor.
  • Delancey and APG Joint Venture acquires Earls Court for £425 millionJones Day represented Earls Court Investment Holdings Ltd, a subsidiary of a joint venture between a fund advised by Delancey and APG on behalf of its pension fund clients, in connection with its £425 million acquisition of EC Group Holdings Limited from a subsidiary of Capital & Counties Properties Plc.
  • Sumitomo Heavy Industries acquires InvertekJones Day advised Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd. in the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Invertek Drives Ltd.
  • GCA Altium acts as financial advisor to Project Sword Bidco Limited in £90 million acquisition of Catalis PlcJones Day advised GCA Altium as financial advisor to Project Sword Bidco Limited, a vehicle established by private equity firm NorthEdge Capital LLP, in connection with its £90 million acquisition of Catalis Plc, a provider of development, testing, and publishing services for the global video games market.
  • AURELIUS sells Solidus Solutions for €330 million (US$375.6 million)Jones Day advised AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA on the full shop auction sale of the Solidus Solutions group to funds advised by Centerbridge Partners, L.P.