Courtenay M.Nolan


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Courtenay Nolan practices in the area of employee benefits and executive compensation and has worked on more than 100 transactions. Her practice covers a wide variety of matters, including advising clients on the employee benefits aspects of corporate transactions and counseling clients on day-to-day general employee benefits and executive compensation issues. Courtenay has substantial experience assisting with equity incentive, employment, severance, separation, bonus, retention, and change-of-control arrangements. She also advises clients regarding the administration and compliance of employee benefit plans and arrangements with the Internal Revenue Code and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

Transactions that Courtenay has worked on include NVIDIA's $7 billion acquisition of Mellanox Technologies, OMNOVA's $824 million acquisition by Synthomer plc, Cylance's $1.4 billion acquisition by BlackBerry, and Cardinal Health's $1.115 billion acquisition of The Harvard Drug Group. The private equity funds with which Courtenay has worked include: Baird Capital, Cortec Group, Dorilton Capital, High Road Capital Partners, J.F. Lehman, HCI Equity Partners, MPE Partners, Resilience Capital Partners, and The Riverside Company. Courtenay has also assisted a top-tier national university with certain of its employee arrangements and deferred compensation plans for administrators and coaches.

Courtenay volunteers for Working in the Schools (WITS), a nonprofit that empowers young readers in Chicago Public Schools, and Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly, a nonprofit dedicated to relieving isolation and loneliness among Chicago's elders. She has also done pro bono work for Injustice Watch, the Grant Park Orchestral Association, and the Chicago History Museum.


  • EagleTree Capital acquires LigneticsJones Day advised EagleTree Capital in connection with the acquisition and financing of Lignetics, Inc., the largest consumer-focused wood pellet manufacturer in the U.S., from Taglich Private Equity and Mill Road Capital.
  • High Road Capital portfolio company acquires Static PowerJones Day advised High Road Capital Partners in the acquisition by portfolio company Exponential Power of Static Power Conversion Services Inc., a provider of comprehensive engineering, sales, and service to users and manufacturers of critical power systems.
  • Cortec Group portfolio company acquires Kino Flo, Inc.Jones Day advised the Cortec Group and Chauvet & Sons, LLC in connection with the acquisition by portfolio company Chauvet & Sons, LLC, a developer and manufacturer of entertainment lighting products, of Kino Flo, Inc., a multi-award-winning manufacturer of lighting systems engineered for cinema and television production.
  • ABM to acquire Able Services for $830 millionJones Day is advising ABM Industries Incorporated in the acquisition of Able Services, a leading facilities services company headquartered in San Francisco, in a cash transaction valued at $830 million.
  • Building Systems Holdings sells company to Therma HoldingsJones Day advised Building Systems Holdings, Inc. in the sale of the company to Therma Holdings.
  • Pacific Avenue Capital Partners completes continuation vehicle investment with Emerald TextilesJones Day advised Pacific Avenue Capital Partners, LLC in the new capital raise to purchase Emerald Textiles, the leading provider of fully outsourced healthcare linen management services in the Western United States, from existing limited partner investors through a continuation vehicle.
  • Integrated Power Services acquires Rotek ServicesJones Day represented Integrated Power Services Holdings, Inc., a leading provider of electric motor, generator and mechanical power transmission component services, in the acquisition of Rotek Services, a full-service electrical apparatus company.
  • EagleTree Capital sells Airtech Group, US Valve Corporation, and related entities to IDEX Corporation for $470 millionJones Day represented investment funds managed by EagleTree Capital in the sale of Airtech Group, US Valve Corporation, and related entities to IDEX Corporation for $470 million.
  • HCI Equity Partners sells Go To LogisticsJones Day represented HCI Equity Partners in connection with the sale of Go To Logistics, a transportation and logistics service provider focused on the freight consolidation and LTL (less-than-truckload) market, to Stellex Capital Management.
  • AbbVie acquires Mitokinin, Inc.Jones Day advised AbbVie Inc. in its exclusive right to acquire Mitokinin, Inc., a biotechnology company developing PINK1-targeted therapeutics for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, following completion of IND enabling studies on Mitokinin's lead PINK1 compound.
  • J.F. Lehman & Company obtains financing for business combination of Trident Maritime Systems and Lake Shore SystemsJones Day advised J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading middle-market private equity firm focused on the aerospace, defense, maritime, government, and environmental sectors, in connection with the financing for the combination of Trident Maritime Systems and Lake Shore Systems, two formerly separate business groups.
  • High Road Capital sells portfolio company General Tools & Instruments Company LLC to Worthington Industries, Inc.Jones Day represented High Road Capital Partners in connection with the sale of portfolio company General Tools & Instruments Company LLC, a provider of over 1,200 feature-rich, specialized tools with well-established brands, to Worthington Industries, Inc.
  • SDS Rx acquires Medical Delivery ServicesJones Day advised Strategic Delivery Solutions ("SDS Rx"), backed by HCI Equity Partners, in the acquisition of Medical Delivery Services.
  • Prominent national university negotiates renewal of athletic coach's employment contractJones Day assisted a prominent national university with drafting and negotiating the renewal of an athletic coach's contract, which included a deferred compensation agreement and a split-dollar life insurance plan.
  • NVIDIA acquires Mellanox Technologies for approximately $7 billionJones Day advised NVIDIA Corporation in its acquisition of Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., an Israel-based leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage.
  • 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.
  • MPE Partners sells its interests in B&E GroupJones Day represented MPE Partners in connection with the sale of its interests in the B&E Group.
  • High Road Capital sells portfolio company Banner Solutions to Tailwind CapitalJones Day represented High Road Capital Partners in connection with the sale of portfolio company Banner Solutions, a leading wholesaler of door hardware, to Tailwind Capital.
  • Hard Rock International acquires JACK Cincinnati Casino and Turfway Park for $745 millionJones Day advised Hard Rock International on the acquisition of JACK Cincinnati Casino, located in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, together with VICI Properties, Inc., and Turfway Park, located in Florence, Kentucky, for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $745 million in cash.
  • High Road Capital acquires substantially all assets of Specialized Builder's HardwareJones Day represented High Road Capital Partners in connection with the acquisition and related financing of substantially all of the assets of Specialized Builder's Hardware, Inc., a wholesale distributor of electronic access control doors, door hardware, and security products, by SBH Solutions, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Mid-West Wholesale Hardware Co.