John M.Saada Jr.

Partner

Cleveland + 1.216.586.7089

John Saada represents private equity and venture capital funds in their formation and governance and the organization and documentation of fund sponsors' internal firm arrangements and compensation matters. He also regularly represents investors in their investments in a wide variety of private funds. In addition, John represents private equity and venture capital funds and strategic investors in investment activities, including venture capital investments, leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, exits, restructurings, joint ventures, and mezzanine financings.

The private equity funds with which John has recently worked include Cortec, Edgewater Capital Partners, Goode Partners, High Road Capital Partners, Morgenthaler Partners, Private Advisors, Kirtland Capital Partners, Trinity Hunt Partners, Keystone National Group, Primus Capital Partners, Resilience Capital Partners, The Riverside Company, Drive Capital, Tecum Equity, and Rockwood Equity Partners.

John also advises private and emerging growth companies in sectors such as health care, technology, information services, and consumer products. His work with these companies focuses on strategic counsel, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financing transactions, executive compensation, and corporate governance matters.

In community matters, John has served as the co-chair of VeloSano since 2016, is the former chairman of the board of the Association for Corporate Growth, and former chairman of the board of trustees of the Positive Education Program. He is also a former board member of Urban Community School and is a member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2008.

Experience

  • Tecum Capital invests in National Power CorporationJones Day represented Tecum Capital Partners in connection with its investment in and related financing of National Power Corporation, a provider of power generators, products, and services.
  • Next Generation Films sold to Charter NEX Films, Inc. for $1.07 billionJones Day advised Next Generation Films, Inc. in its sale to Charter NEX Films, Inc., a manufacturer of specialty plastic films, for an aggregate purchase price of $1.07 billion.
  • Edgewater Capital forms Edgewater Capital Partners IV L.P.Jones Day advised Edgewater Capital Partners, L.P. in connection with the formation of Edgewater Capital Partners IV LP, a middle and lower market private equity buyout fund ("ECP IV").
  • Western Allegheny Capital acquires Oberg IndustriesJones Day advised Western Allegheny Capital in connection with the acquisition and related financing of Oberg Industries, a full-service contract manufacturer of precision machines and stamped components located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Trinity Hunt Partners forms Trinity Hunt Partners V, L.P.Jones Day advised Trinity Hunt Partners in connection with the formation of Trinity Hunt Partners V, L.P., a middle market private equity fund ("THP V").
  • Tecum Equity Partners and Western Allegheny Capital acquire controlling interest in High Tide Acquisition Corp.Jones Day represented Tecum Equity Partners and Western Allegheny Capital in connection with the acquisition and related financing of a controlling interest in High Tide Acquisition Corp.
  • Riverside forms Riverside Micro-Cap Fund V, L.P.Jones Day advised The Riverside Company in the formation of Riverside Micro-Cap Fund V, L.P., a private equity buyout fund ("RMCF V").
  • Resilience Capital portfolio company CR Brands sells leading cleaning and drain care brands to RPM InternationalJones Day represented Resilience Capital Partners LLC in connection with the sale by portfolio company CR Brands, Inc. of its Mean Green specialty cleaning products line and its exclusive United States and Canadian license for Roto-Rooter-branded drain care products to the Rust-Oleum group of RPM International.
  • Riverside makes minority investment in ScreenvisionJones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with its minority investment in Screenvision, a New York City-based cinema advertising company majority owned by ABRY Partners.
  • Complete Entertainment Resources Group sells certain assets to Live Nation EntertainmentJones Day represented Complete Entertainment Resources Group, Inc. (formerly Songkick.com, Inc.), a concert discovery and artist ticketing platform, in its sale of certain assets, including CERG’s ticketing commerce platform, anti-scalping algorithm, API applications and patent portfolio, to Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. in connection with the settlement of pending litigation.
  • Mutual Capital Partners forms Mutual Capital Partners Fund III, L.P.Jones Day advised Mutual Capital Partners III, L.L.C. in connection with the formation of Mutual Capital Partners Fund III, L.P., a venture capital fund ("MCPF III").
  • Major institution invests in Greenspring Micro II, L.P.Jones Day represented a major institution in connection with its investment as a limited partner in Greenspring Micro II, L.P.
  • Cleveland HeartLab acquired by Quest DiagnosticsJones Day advised Cleveland HeartLab, a leader in innovative diagnostic services for managing cardiovascular disease, in its acquisition by Quest Diagnostics.
  • KeyCorp acquires minority interest in BodyShopBidsJones Day represented KeyCorp in connection with its acquisition of a minority interest in BodyShopBids, Inc., which operates the app Snapsheet, a provider of self-service claims solutions for insurance carriers.
  • Tecum Equity Partners acquires the Gibraltar Cable Barrier Systems division of Gibraltar MaterialsJones Day represented Tecum Equity Partners in connection with its acquisition of the Gibraltar Cable Barrier Systems business, a leading manufacturer and distributor of high tension cable barrier products designed to contain and redirect errant vehicles from road hazards.
  • Songkick sells selected assets to Warner Music GroupJones Day represented Songkick, the award-winning live music platform, in its sale to Warner Music Group of selected assets, including Songkick's concert discovery app, website and trademark.
  • OEConnection Holdings acquires Clifford Thames GroupJones Day advised OEConnection Holdings, LLC in connection with its acquisition of Clifford Thames Group, a leader in automotive data creation and management with operations in Europe, the U.S., India, and Australia.
  • 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.
  • PartsSource acquired by Great Hill PartnersJones Day represented PartsSource, Inc., a provider of medical parts and supplies procurement solutions for hospitals, outpatient clinics, and physician offices, in its acquisition by Great Hill Partners.
  • Riverside forms Riverside Strategic Capital Fund I, L.P.Jones Day advised The Riverside Company in the formation of Riverside Strategic Capital Fund I, L.P. ("RSCF I"), Riverside's first non-control investment fund.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • May 25, 2017
      TechniCLE Speaking 2017: CLEaring Our Runway
    • April 14, 2016
      TechniCLE Speaking 2016: Fostering Innovation
    • May 20, 2015
      TechniCLE Speaking
    • October 15, 2010
      Michigan Private Equity Conference: Private Investment Funds - Negotiating Investment Agreement Terms in the Current Environment
    • October 2009
      Key's 2009 M&A Symposium: Opportunities Amidst Market Chaos
    • October 2006
      Structuring a Venture Capital Transaction, Kauffman Foundation - Power of Angel Investing
    • February 2003
      The State of Venture Capital, Case Western Reserve
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