In his 20 years in practice, Jeff Symons has advised corporations and private equity firms on transactional matters with an aggregate value in excess of $150 billion. Jeff's practice focuses on domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, joint ventures, minority and preferred investments, restructurings, related-party transactions, and corporate finance. He has extensive experience advising clients on corporate governance, activism, takeover preparedness, and fiduciary duty matters.
Jeff's practice has involved transactions in a variety of industries, including health care and pharmaceuticals, technology services, telecommunications, energy, transportation and air freight services, retail, financial services, media and entertainment, and manufacturing.
Jeff's recent representations include: PHH Corporation in connection with the company's publicly announced review of strategic alternatives, which has resulted in three announced transactions to sell assets for proceeds of approximately $1.2 billion; Orchestra Prémaman in connection with its attempted acquisition of Destination Maternity; Galenica in its $1.53 billion acquisition of Relypsa; Axial in its $3.8 billion acquisition by Westlake Chemical; and TonenGeneral Sekiyu in connection with its integration with JX Group, which will form the largest oil refiner in Japan.
Other clients with which Jeff has worked on substantial matters include Allianz, Ally Bank, The Blackstone Group, Bristol Myers Squibb, Koch Equity Development, Hess Corporation, Pfizer, Teva Pharmaceutical, Vestar Capital, and Welsh, Carson, Andersen & Stowe.
Jeff is a member of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association.
The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.
Advised The Blackstone Group in connection with its approximately $26 billion acquisition proposal for Dell.
Advised Teva Pharmaceutical in its $6.8 billion acquisition of Cephalon.
Advised Hess Corporation in the $2.8 billion sale of its retail business to Speedway.
Advised Pfizer in connection with its $635 million acquisition of the marketed vaccines portfolio of Baxter International.
Advised Pfizer in connection with its collaboration agreement with Mylan for generic drugs in Japan.
Advised Bristol-Myers Squibb in its $885 million acquisition of ZymoGenetics.
Advised PHH Corporation in the $1.4 billion sale of its fleet management services business PHH Arval to Element Financial Corporation.
Advised Teva Pharmaceutical in its acquisition of NuPathe.
Advised Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe in its acquisition of Peak 10 and subsequent $730 million sale of Peak 10 to GI Partners.
Advised CSC ServiceWorks and its controlling shareholder Pamplona Capital Management in connection with the $524 million acquisition of Mac-Gray Corporation.
Advised Vestar Capital Partners in its acquisition of a majority interest in Roland Foods.
Advised Ally Bank in its sale of a portfolio of mortgage servicing rights to Ocwen Financial Corp. for approximately $585 million and in the sale of a separate portfolio of mortgage servicing rights to Quicken Loans for approximately $280 million.
Advised Accenture in connection in its acquisition of Mortgage Cadence.
Advised DHL in various matters, including the $1.05 billion acquisition of Airborne Express, various reorganizations of DHL’s U.S. business, the sale of DHL Airways to ASTAR, and DHL’s investment in and agreements with ASTAR.
Advised Asset Acceptance Capital Corp. (AACC) in the $205 million acquisition of AACC by Encore Capital Group.
Advised Angelo, Gordon & Co. in its $296 million acquisition of Benihana.
Advised Spectrum Equity, in its capacity as the largest shareholder of Ancestry.com, in the $1.6 billion acquisition of Ancestry.com by Permira.
Advised Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe in its capacity as the largest shareholder of ITC^Deltacom in the $524 million acquisition of ITC^Deltacom by EarthLink.
Advised AuRico Gold in its $408 million acquisition of Capital Gold Corporation and its $1.5 billion acquisition of Northgate Minerals Corp.
Advised Metavante Technologies in the $2.94 billion acquisition of Metavante by Fidelity National Information Services.
Advised Dakota Growers Pasta Company (DGPC) in the $240 million acquisition of DGPC by Viterra.
Advised ZM Capital in its acquisition of Cannella Response Television and Cable Response Television and in the $536 million acquisition of Airvana by S.A.C. Private Capital Group, GSO Capital Partners, Sankaty Advisors, and ZM Capital.
Advised Clearwire Corporation in connection with the combination of Clearwire and the WiMAX business of Sprint Nextel Corporation and the related $3.2 billion investment in the combined company by Comcast Corporation, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Google, and Intel Corporation.
Advised Sun Capital Partners in connection with its successful proxy contest for the election of a slate of directors to the board of Furniture Brands International and in its $750 million unsolicited tender offer for, and subsequent acquisition of, Kellwood Company.
Advised the special committee of the board of directors of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in the $7.8 billion acquisition of Alliance Data by an affiliate of The Blackstone Group.
Advised Paxar Corporation in the $1.34 billion acquisition of Paxar by Avery Dennison Corporation.
Advised Solutia in the $225 million acquisition of a 50 percent interest in the Flexsys Rubber Chemicals joint venture from Akzo Nobel.
Advised CVC Capital Partners in the $2.1 billion acquisition of Univar.
Advised Vestar Capital Partners and certain co-investors in the $695 million sale of all outstanding equity of AT Holdings Corp. to Eaton Corp.
- Dalhousie University (LL.B. 1997); McGill University (B.A. with honors in History and Philosophy 1992)
- New York
- "Dealmaker of the Year," The American Lawyer (2011)