Courtenay M.Nolan


Chicago + 1.312.269.4132

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.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • High Road Capital acquires Berg WholesaleJones Day represented High Road Capital Partners in connection with the acquisition and related financing of Berg Wholesale, a wholesale distributor of door hardware, bath hardware, and security products for the residential and multifamily housing markets.
  • Cortec Group sells WU Holdco to The Carlyle Group and TA AssociatesJones Day advised the Cortec Group in the sale of WU Holdco, Inc., the holding company for Weiman Products, LLC and Urnex Brands, LLC, which are leading developers, manufacturers, and distributors of specialty cleaning products for the consumer and commercial markets, to The Carlyle Group and TA Associates.
  • Cylance acquired by BlackBerry for $1.4 billionJones Day advised Cylance, an artificial intelligence and cybersecurity leader, in its $1.4 billion acquisition by BlackBerry Limited, plus the assumption of unvested employee incentive awards.
  • Dorilton Capital invests in MEI Rigging & CratingJones Day represented Dorilton Capital in connection with its majority investment in MEI Rigging & Crating, LLC, a provider of machinery moving, millwrighting, installation, crating, and export packing services.
  • Black Box acquired by AGC NetworksJones Day advised Black Box Corporation (Nasdaq: BBOX) in its acquisition by AGC Networks Ltd, a majority-owned subsidiary of Essar Global Fund.
  • LaSalle acquires $7 billion Real Estate Multi-Manager business and management of €1.7 billion pan-European fund from Aviva InvestorsJones Day advised Jones Lang Lasalle Incorporated’s subsidiary LaSalle Investment Management on its agreement to acquire the entire Real Estate Multi-Manager (“REMM”) business of Aviva Investors and full ownership of the management of the Encore+ fund (“Encore+”).
  • Dorilton Capital portfolio company acquires assets of Maintenance & Turnaround ResourcesJones Day represented Dorilton Capital in connection with its acquisition by portfolio company, Versa Integrity Group, Inc., of the assets of Maintenance & Turnaround Resources, LLC, a specialist in asset integrity management and non-destructive testing provided to customers in the oil and gas industry.
  • Heidrick & Struggles amends and restates revolving credit facilityJones Day advised Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc., a premier global provider of executive search, leadership assessment and development, organization and team effectiveness, and culture shaping services, in connection with the amendment and restatement of its revolving credit facility.
  • Norwest Equity Partners makes significant investment in Institute for Integrative NutritionJones Day represented Norwest Equity Partners in connection with its significant investment in and related financing of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
  • U-C Coatings acquires ContechemJones Day represented High Road Capital Partners in connection with the acquisition and related financing by portfolio company U-C Coatings of Contechem Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of wood protection products for the logging, timber, lumber, woodworking, and agricultural industries.
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