JohnPapadakis

Of Counsel

London + 44.20.7039.5272

John Papadakis has a broad-based employee benefits practice covering all forms of share incentive and pension arrangements. He has extensive experience in setting up tax-advantaged and non-tax-advantaged share incentive plans for public and private companies, both globally and in the UK. He advises on the related tax, trust, corporate, and securities laws and UK corporate governance and institutional investor requirements. His pension experience covers personal and occupational pension plans, and he advises on trust, tax, and employment law and regulatory issues affecting pension plans. His recent pensions work has included advice to employers on ongoing funding issues and negotiations over employer covenants, the closure of plans to future accrual, the sectionalization of plans, the wind-up of plans, and restructuring issues.

Recent share incentive engagements include work for Hansteen Holdings Plc, Manpower Inc., Procter & Gamble, Quixant Plc, Samhi Hotels, STERIS Corporation, and Ted Baker Plc. He also has recently advised many companies in relation to their pension plans, including British Land, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, Materion Corporation, Starwood Hotels, State Street Bank, The Timken Company, and USG Corporation.

John is a member of the Share Plan Lawyers Organisation, the Association of Pension Lawyers, and the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals.

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.
  • Macquarie acquires Beauparc Utilities, Ireland’s largest waste management companyJones Day advised Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 6 in the acquisition of Beauparc Utilities, Ireland’s largest waste management company.
  • Signature Aviation sells Global Engine Services business to StandardAero for $230 millionJones Day advised Signature Aviation plc, a market-leading provider of global aviation support services, in the $230 million sale of the Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO) business to StandardAero, a portfolio company owned by The Carlyle Group and a leading provider of maintenance, repair, and overhaul services.
  • ThinCats’ institutional investors advised in £160 million investment by Wafra Capital PartnersJones Day advised BAE Systems Pensions Trustees Limited, ESO InvestCo VI S.à r.l. and Black Lion Limited, the existing institutional shareholders of ThinCats, in connection with a £160 million strategic investment by Wafra Capital Partners in ThinCats, a leading alternative finance provider to mid-sized UK SMEs.
  • Solvay sold Process Materials business to Composites OneJones Day advised Solvay S.A., a publicly listed chemical company based in Brussels, Belgium, in the sale of its Process Materials business, to Composites One, the leading North American supplier of composites materials and value added services.
  • JTC acquires INDOSJones Day advised JTC PLC in its acquisition of INDOS, an industry-leading specialist in the provision of depositary, Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) oversight services for c. $56 billion of assets held by UK and International alternative investment funds.
  • 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.
  • Goldman sold iQ Student Accommodation dorms to Blackstone for £4.66 billionOn May 15, 2020, Jones Day clients Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division and the Wellcome Trust completed the sale of iQ Student Accommodation to Blackstone for £4.66 billion (US$5.73 billion), representing the largest ever private real estate transaction in the UK.
  • 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.
  • The Stars Group combines with Flutter Entertainment in all share transaction to create world's largest online gaming company by revenueJones Day advised The Stars Group Inc. ("TSG"), listed on Nasdaq and TSX, on an all-share combination with Flutter Entertainment plc ("Flutter"), listed on LSE, implemented through an acquisition of TSG by Flutter pursuant to a Canadian plan of arrangement (the "Combination").
  • JTC acquires NES Financial for up to $116 millionJones Day advised JTC PLC in the acquisition of NES Financial, a technology-enabled provider of specialist fund administration and treasury services recognized on the San Francisco Business Times top Bay Area fintech list, for up to $116 million.
  • 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.
  • OmniMax to sell Euramax Coated Products to ParcomJones Day is advising OmniMax International, Inc. in the sale of its Euramax Coated Products Business, a provider of aluminum coil coating services to the architectural products, recreational vehicles, and transportation markets, to Parcom Capital.
  • 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.
  • Seal for Life acquires Flame Control Coatings, Highland International, LifeLast, and US CoatingsJones Day advised Arsenal Capital Partners ("ACP") on the four acquisitions by portfolio company Seal for Life of Flame Control Coatings, Highland International, LifeLast, and US Coatings, manufacturers of protective coating technologies.
  • Truck-Lite receives significant investment from Genstar CapitalJones Day advised Truck-Lite Co., LLC, a leading provider of safety lighting, filtration systems, and telematics services for commercial vehicles, in connection with Genstar Capital's significant investment in Truck-Lite.
  • 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.
  • CBRE acquires Laxfield CapitalJones Day represented CBRE Global Investors in connection with its acquisition of Laxfield Capital, a real estate debt investment business with £818 million of assets under management in the United Kingdom.
  • Sumitomo Heavy Industries acquires InvertekJones Day advised Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd. in the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Invertek Drives Ltd.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • September 26, 2011
      Recent Developments in Cross Border Pensions, Pensions Management Institute
    • October 9, 2009
      All is Not Quiet on the Executive Compensation Front: How to Prepare a Client for a Reasoned Defense Against the Current Assault on Executive Compensation, Internal Presentation
    • April 10, 2008
      Linking Performance Plans with Non-Competition Covenants, GEO (Global Equity Organisation) annual conference
    • September 26, 2007
      International Stock Plans: Pitfalls and Planning Opportunities, a View from Europe