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

  • 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.
  • British Land exchanges on disposal of £429 million of Sainsbury's superstoresJones Day advised The British Land Company PLC ("BL") on the disposal of 12 superstores held by a joint venture between BL and J Sainsbury PLC to Realty Income Corporation, an entity listed on the NYSE, for aggregate consideration of £429 million (representing a net initial yield of 5.0%).
  • Roper Technologies acquires Foundry for £410 million (US$543.4 million)Jones Day advised Roper Technologies, Inc. in its acquisition of Foundry in an all-cash transaction valued at £410 million (US$543.4 million).
  • Huadong Medicine announces £169 million (US$222 million) takeover offer for and acquisition of Sinclair Pharma PlcJones Day advised Huadong Medicine Co. Ltd. ("HMC") and its subsidiary, Huadong Medicine Aesthetics Investment (HongKong) Limited ("Huadong"), on Huadong's takeover offer for and acquisition of Sinclair Pharma Plc with a total value of approximately £169 million (US$222 million).
  • J.F. Lehman portfolio company acquires Thistle Design (MMC) LimitedJones 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 by portfolio company BEI Precision Systems & Space Company, Inc., a leader in high-accuracy positioning sensor technologies, providing advanced design, manufacturing, and testing for reliable and resilient products and systems, of Thistle Design (MMC) Limited, a supplier of encoders, resolvers, and other positioning and measurement sensors for the defense and industrial markets.
  • Greystar recapitalizes Chapter student accommodation portfolio in Central LondonJones Day advised Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC in a recapitalization of its and PSP’s Chapter portfolio of student accommodation properties, one of the largest in Central London, by consolidating the portfolio under a new joint venture in which Allianz acquired an interest.
  • Houlihan Lokey acts as financial advisor in up to £3.9 billion (US$5.2 billion) acquisition of Ladbrokes Coral Group plcJones Day advised Houlihan Lokey EMEA, LLP in its capacity as financial adviser to GVC Holdings PLC in connection with its up to £3.9 billion (US$5.2 billion) cash and share combination with Ladbrokes Coral Group plc.
  • J.F. Lehman portfolio company acquires Clean Line Waste Water Solutions LimitedJones 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 by portfolio company National Response Corporation of Clean Line Waste Water Solutions Limited, a provider of environmental, industrial and emergency response services in the United Kingdom.
  • Verint Systems acquires eg solutions plcJones Day advised Verint Systems Inc. in its £26.3 million (US$34 million) acquisition of eg solutions plc.
  • CB Richard Ellis acquires interest in H2O Rivas Shopping Centre in MadridJones Day advised CB Richard Ellis Real Estate Group Services Inc. in its acquisition of an interest in the H2O Rivas Shopping Centre in Madrid, Spain.
  • J.F. Lehman investment affiliate acquires Aish Technologies LimitedJones 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 by investment affiliate AGI Holdings LLC of Aish Technologies Limited, a provider of ruggedized display systems, cathodic protection systems and other subsystems for the UK and U.S. navies, as well as other global defense and commercial customers.
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