Jessica L.Panza

Partner

Chicago + 1.312.269.4365

Jessica Panza has significant experience working with investment funds and their investors on a wide range of fund structures in both U.S. and non-U.S. jurisdictions. Her practice involves every aspect of an investment fund's life cycle — from initial structuring and formation (including fund sponsor/general partner internal firm arrangements and compensation matters) through ongoing operational matters and culminating with the fund's liquidation and dissolution.

Jessica represents a variety of private equity and real estate clients with respect to buyout, real estate, and venture funds and special purpose investment programs. She also regularly represents investors, including institutional investors, in connection with proposed investments in private equity funds as well as co-investment and direct investment opportunities. In addition, Jessica is regularly involved with representing corporate clients in investment activities, including venture capital investments, leveraged buyouts, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, and similar transactions. She also advises clients on securities issues, strategic relationships, corporate governance, and other general corporate matters.

Some of the clients Jessica has recently worked with include LaSalle Investment Management, Meyer Bergman Limited, Morgenthaler Partners, NTUC Income Insurance Cooperative, the private equity arm of a global sovereign investor (with respect to venture, buyout, real estate investment fund, and direct investment opportunities), The Riverside Company, The Townsend Group, and Whitman Peterson Partners.

In community matters, Jessica serves on the board of directors for the Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing and on the auxiliary board for Chicago Cares.

Experience

  • Gilde Healthcare V raises €416 million for its venture and growth capital fundJones Day represented Gilde Healthcare in connection with the establishment of Gilde Healthcare V, a venture & growth capital fund that invests in digital and home health, medtech, diagnostics, research tools and instruments, and therapeutics.
  • Concord Health Partners forms AHA Innovation Development FundJones Day represented Concord Health Partners LLC in connection with the formation of the AHA Innovation Development Fund, LP, a fund focused on investing in early-stage healthcare companies that provide products, services, and solutions to hospitals and health systems.
  • Whitman/Peterson forms Core Plus FundJones Day advised Whitman/Peterson LLC in connection with the formation of its Core Plus Fund, which raised $115 million.
  • Undisclosed investor participates in $550 million Series F financing round of PelotonJones Day represented an undisclosed investor in the $550 million Series F financing by Peloton Interactive, Inc., a global fitness technology company.
  • Riverside sells Tate’s Bake Shop to Mondelez International for $500 millionJones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with the sale of Tate’s Bake Shop to global snacks company Mondelez International, Inc. for approximately $500 million.
  • Riverside simultaneously acquires four businesses to create Netwatch Global GroupJones Day advised The Riverside Company on the simultaneous acquisition of four businesses resulting in the formation of the Netwatch Global Group.
  • Meyer Bergman closes European Retail Partners III FundJones Day acted as counsel to Meyer Bergman, Ltd. in the formation and closing of Meyer Bergman European Retail Partners III, which, together with its dedicated co-investment vehicles, is a €990 million real estate private equity fund making investments in the retail sector  across Europe.
  • Riverside invests in ComForCare Health Care HoldingsJones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with its investment in and related financing of ComForCare Health Care Holdings, LLC, the franchisor of ComForCare Home Care and At Your Side Home Care home care agencies.
  • Meyer Bergman negotiates fund with single investor partner and acquires 109 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, New YorkJones Day advised Meyer Bergman, Ltd., in its negotiation of a Brooklyn focused fund with single investor partner and the acquisition of 109 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, New York, by that fund.
  • MPE Partners acquires Bath Authority LLC d.b.a. DreamLineJones Day represented MPE Partners in connection with the acquisition and related financing of Bath Authority LLC d.b.a. DreamLine, a market leading, technology-driven designer, manufacturer, and marketer of premium bath and shower products.
  • StepStone closes Fund III with $700 million in capital commitmentsJones Day advised StepStone Group LP in the formation and closing of its $700 million fund, StepStone Real Estate Partners III, a U.S. and Europe-focused real estate private equity fund investing in special situations and providing capital solutions to managers and operators of institution real estate portfolios.
  • Riverside acquires Information TechnologiesJones Day advised The Riverside Company in connection with the acquisition and related financing of Information Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of software solutions that improve the safety of law enforcement officers, enhance officer efficiency and performance, and reduce the time required to report and respond to incidents.
  • Riverside acquires Nustef FoodsJones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with its acquisition of Nustef Foods, a manufacturer of Italian-inspired pizelle waffle cookies and artisan crackers under the Reko brand.
  • Morgenthaler forms MPE Partners II, L.P.Jones Day advised Morgenthaler Private Equity in the formation of MPE Partners II, L.P., a private equity buyout fund ("MPE II").
  • Peterson Partners co-invests with Towerbrook Capital in Gravity MediaJones Day advised Peterson Partners a private equity firm which invested in a vehicle formed to co-invest with Towerbrook Capital Partners in Gravity Media, a holding company which owns, operates and acquires businesses serving the live broadcast sector globally.
  • Chapman University obtains advice regarding investment in LL Capital Partners I, L.P.Jones Day provided advice to Chapman University, a mid-sized private university, regarding an investment in LL Capital Partners I, L.P.
  • Global fund invests in Sequoia Capital China Growth Fund IV, L.P.Jones Day represented a global fund in connection with its investment in Sequoia Capital China Growth Fund IV, L.P.
  • Global fund invests in Sequoia Capital China Ventures Fund VI, L.P.Jones Day represented a global fund in connection with its investment in Sequoia Capital China Ventures Fund VI, L.P.
  • Riverside acquires SafeTec Compliance SystemsJones Day advised The Riverside Company in connection with the acquisition and related financing of SafeTec Compliance Systems Inc., a provider of compliance software and services.
  • Riverside acquires The Dermatology GroupJones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with its acquisition of The Dermatology Group, a dermatology focused physician practice management company with 16 company affiliated locations throughout Northern and Central New Jersey.
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