Nicole D.Stanger


Cleveland + 1.216.586.7258

For nearly 20 years, Nicole Stanger has helped domestic and foreign enterprises and their executives maximize compensation-related tax benefits. Although she primarily focuses her practice on the income and payroll tax treatment of executive compensation arrangements, including omnibus equity incentive plans, long-term performance plans, deferred compensation plans, and fringe benefits and perquisites, she also regularly advises clients with the administration and compliance of qualified retirement plans under the Internal Revenue Code and ERISA and cross-border compensation issues. Each year, Nicole works with M&A teams Firmwide on multiple private and public company transactions regarding the golden parachute payment tax implications of executive compensation arrangements, including the preparation of quantitative analyses involving the calculation and payment of such tax.

Nicole's recent transactions include Reynolds American's $27.4 billion acquisition of Lorillard and its acquisition by British American Tobacco Plc at a value exceeding $90 billion; Sherwin-Williams' $11.3 billion acquisition of The Valspar Corporation; and Exelis' acquisition by Harris Corporation for $4.8 billion.

Prior to joining the Firm, Nicole practiced in Pennsylvania as a licensed certified public accountant during which time she handled a wide range of financial reporting and federal and state income tax matters, including advising clients during audits conducted by the Internal Revenue Service and state taxing authorities.


  • Swander Pace Capital sells T-Bev, Inc. to Florida Food ProductsJones Day advised Swander Pace Capital in the sale of T-Bev, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of tea extracts, instant tea, natural and organic caffeine and other botanical extracts catering to the functional beverage and dietary supplement markets, to Florida Food Products.
  • Avient to acquire DSM Protective Materials businessJones Day is advising Avient Corporation (NYSE: AVNT), a leading provider of specialized and sustainable material solutions, in its $1.485 billion purchase of Koninklijke DSM N.V.’s protective materials business, a leading specialty engineered materials business built around the invention of Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber.
  • Fortino Capital, Ventech, henQ and founders sell inSided B.V. to Vista portfolio company Gainsight Inc.Jones Day advised Fortino Capital, Ventech, henQ and founders in the sale of inSided B.V. to Vista Equity Partners portfolio company Gainsight Inc.
  • Riverside portfolio company acquires AptoJones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with the acquisition and financing by portfolio company Buildout, Inc. of Apto, a premier provider of CRM and deal management software for commercial real estate (CRE) brokers.
  • Dorilton Capital portfolio company acquires A&A TransferJones Day represented Dorilton Capital in the acquisition by portfolio company MEI Rigging & Crating, LLC of A&A Transfer, LLC, a leading full-service industrial rigging, storage, and hauling company in the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia area.
  • Blue Sea Capital sells RESA Power to InvestcorpJones Day represented Blue Sea Capital LLC on its sale of RESA Power, a provider of electrical services and products for industrial, commercial, institutional, government, and utility end-users across North America, to Investcorp.
  • EagleTree Capital acquires LigneticsJones Day advised EagleTree Capital in connection with the acquisition and financing of Lignetics, Inc., the largest consumer-focused wood pellet manufacturer in the U.S., from Taglich Private Equity and Mill Road Capital.
  • J.F Lehman successfully closes its first single asset continuation fund for NorthStar GroupJones Day represented 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 successful closing and debt financing of its first single asset continuation fund, which will allow the firm to maintain its ownership of NorthStar Group in partnership with management.
  • Neura acquired by Otonomo TechnologiesJones Day advised Neura, Inc., a leader in AI-powered mobility intelligence, in its acquisition by Otonomo Technologies Limited.
  • DMI secures strategic investment from OceanSound PartnersJones Day advised DMI in its strategic investment from an affiliate of OceanSound Partners, LP.
  • Riverside and Investcorp sell Arrowhead Engineered Products to GenstarJones Day advised The Riverside Company in the sale of Arrowhead Engineered Products to Genstar.
  • Sensata Technologies acquires Spear Power SystemsJones Day advised Sensata Technologies in its acquisition of Spear Power Systems, a leader in lithium-ion based energy storage solutions for mission-critical and demanding end user applications.
  • Building Systems Holdings sells company to Therma HoldingsJones Day advised Building Systems Holdings, Inc. in the sale of the company to Therma Holdings.
  • Laureate Education sells Walden University to Adtalmen Global Education Inc. for $1.48 billionJones Day acted as special tax counsel to Laureate Education, Inc. in its $1.48 billion sale of Walden University to Adtalem Global Education Inc.
  • VSE Corporation acquires Global Parts GroupJones Day advised VSE Corporation in the acquisition of Global Parts Group, Inc. in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $38 million.
  • Axion BioSystems completes sale of company to Summa EquityJones Day advised Axion BioSystems, Inc., a leading provider of MEA and impedance technology for single-cell analysis, in its sale of the company to Summa Equity.
  • J.F. Lehman & Company sells BEI PrecisionJones Day advised J.F. Lehman & Company in the sale of BEI Precision Systems & Space Company, Inc. to Quantic Corporate Holdings, Inc., a portfolio company of Arcline Investment Management.
  • Riverside portfolio company acquires PresenceJones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with the acquisition by portfolio company Modern Campus of Presence, a leading campus engagement and learning platform for higher education institutions.
  • Riverside sells portfolio company Greenphire to Thoma BravoJones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with the sale of portfolio company Greenphire, the global leader in financial lifecycle management software for clinical trials, to Thoma Bravo, a software focused private equity firm.
  • Riverside acquires Premier Specialties, Inc.Jones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with the acquisition of Premier Specialties, Inc., a New Jersey-based company engaged in the business of formulating, producing, manufacturing, distributing, repackaging, and reselling fragrances, flavors, cosmetic ingredients, essential oils and aroma chemicals for personal care, industrial and institutional, air care, household and laundry, and food and beverage applications.