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.


  • VSE Corporation partners with The Loar Group to acquire Desser AerospaceJones Day is advising VSE Corporation (NASDAQ: VSEC) ("VSE") in its acquisition (the "Acquisition") of Desser Aerospace ("Desser") for a purchase price of $124 million, subject to certain customary adjustments.
  • Stellex completes buyout of David Brown Santasalo GroupJones Day advised Stellex Capital Management LLC on its buyout of DB Santasalo S.à r.l from N4 Partners.
  • FLEETCOR acquires at-home EV charging software company, MinaJones Day advised FLEETCOR Technologies, Inc. in the acquisition of Mina, a cloud-based electric vehicle (EV) charging software platform.
  • Verint acquires QudiniJones Day advised Verint in the acquisition of Qudini Limited, a provider of appointment scheduling solutions.
  • FLEETCOR acquires Global Reach GroupJones Day advised FLEETCOR Technologies, Inc. in the acquisition of Global Reach Group, a UK-based cross-border payments provider.
  • Macquarie acquires Euston Solar FarmJones Day advised Macquarie in the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Euston Solar Farm Limited, a UK-based renewable energy developer focused primarily on the development of utility-scale solar plants.
  • Macquarie agrees to acquire Suez Recycling and Recovery UK Group for approximately €2.4 billionJones Day is advising Macquarie Asset Management in the execution of a put option agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of Suez Recycling and Recovery UK Group, for approximately €2.4 billion.
  • Deezer merges with and into I2PO S.A.Jones Day advised Deezer S.A. in the context of the SPAC transaction whereby Deezer S.A. merged with and into I2PO S.A., a French SPAC listed on the professional segment of the regulated market of Euronext Paris and the related PIPE financing.
  • Sun Communities Inc. acquires Park Leisure 2000 Ltd.Jones Day advised Sun Communities, Inc. in the £186 million acquisition of Park Leisure 2000 Ltd. from Midlothian Capital Partners.
  • Macquarie Asset Management acquires 50% shareholding in Island Green PowerJones Day advised Macquarie Asset Management ("MAM"), via Macquarie Green Investment Group Renewable Energy Fund 2 ("MGREF2"), in its acquisition of 50% of the shares in Island Green Power Limited, a UK-based renewable energy developer focused primarily on the development of utility-scale solar plants.
  • Ansys, Inc. acquires OnScale, Inc.Jones Day advised Ansys, Inc. in the acquisition of OnScale, Inc., a cloud simulation provider.
  • Sun Communities acquires Park Holidays UK for $1.3 billionJones Day advised Sun Communities, Inc. on its acquisition of Park Holidays UK for approximately $1.3 billion.
  • EagleTree Capital portfolio company acquires bChannelsJones Day advised EagleTree Capital in connection with the acquisition and financing by portfolio company The Channel Company of bChannels, a leading global marketing and data services agency specializing in the technology channel.
  • Arsenal Capital Partners' portfolio company Fenzi Holdings acquires Advanced Glass Technologies business of Johnson Matthey PLCJones Day represented Arsenal Capital Partners' portfolio company, Fenzi Holdings SPV S.p.A., in the acquisition and financing of the Advanced Glass Technologies business of Johnson Matthey PLC, which manufactures advanced glass enamels, precious metal pastes and conductive inks for use in automotive glass and other industry applications.
  • 360Learning acquires LooopJones Day advised 360Learning, the global collaborative learning SaaS leader, in its acquisition of Looop Online Limited, the UK's leading and top-rated learning management system.
  • Ensign-Bickford Industries acquires Cawood Scientific LimitedJones Day advised Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc. on its acquisition of Cawood Scientific Limited (Cawood).
  • MassMutual partners with Low Carbon to accelerate transition to renewable energyJones Day advised Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) on its debt and equity investment in Low Carbon Energy Holdings Limited (“Low Carbon”), a subsidiary of Low Carbon Limited, an established pan-European renewable energy developer and fund manager.
  • Bally's acquires Gamesys for $2.7 billionJones Day advised Bally's Corporation in connection with the $2.7 billion acquisition and financing 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 and financing of Beauparc Utilities, Ireland’s largest waste management company.
  • Pigment raises $73 million in Series B financing roundJones Day advised Pigment, a French-based company having developed a powerful strategic planning and forecasting platform that helps businesses implement and maintain company plans, in connection with its $73 million Series B round of financing led by Greenoaks.
  • 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