Joel T.May


Atlanta + 1.404.581.8967

Joel May is co-chair of the Firm's corporate governance area and has more than 23 years of experience representing clients and their boards of directors in a broad range of financing and corporate transactions, as well as corporate governance, shareholder activism, proxy fights, and securities compliance matters. He has represented clients in domestic and international corporate financing transactions in the manufacturing, consumer products, chemical products, real estate, e-commerce, telecommunications, and information management industries, including public equity and debt offerings, initial public offerings (IPOs), special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), private investment in public equity (PIPE) transactions, Rule 144A high yield offerings, and reorganizations, restructurings, recapitalizations, and other M&A transactions.

Joel joined the Atlanta Office in 2012 after spending the first part of his career in Jones Day's Chicago Office. He currently serves as the administrative partner for Atlanta.

Joel's notable clients include Aaron's, Asbury Automotive Group, Allison Transmission, Bespoke Capital Acquisition Corp., Bunge Ltd., FleetCor Technologies, ExxonMobil, Flowers Foods, HanesBrands, Helios Technologies, Milliken, Laboratory Corporation of America® Holdings, Newell Brands, Nutrien, P&G, PureCycle Technologies, Rayonier, Roper Technologies, Southern Company, Vintage Wine Estates, and VSE Corporation.

Joel has been recognized as a leading lawyer by The Legal 500 United States. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Georgia.

Joel serves on the board of directors of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and Make-A-Wish Georgia.


  • 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.
  • Nutrien completes US$1.5 billion Senior Unsecured Notes offeringJones Day represented Nutrien Ltd. in connection with a public offering of US$1.5 billion of Senior Notes, consisting of (i) US$750 million aggregate principal amount of 4.900% Senior Notes due 2028 and (ii) US$750 million aggregate principal amount of 5.800% Senior Notes due 2053.
  • FLEETCOR enters into Cooperation Agreement with the D. E. Shaw GroupJones Day represented FLEETCOR Technologies, Inc., a $15 billion market cap business payments company, in connection with its entry into a cooperation agreement with shareholder D.E. Shaw.
  • NioCorp combines with GX Acquisition Corp. IIJones Day advised NioCorp Developments Ltd. (TSX: NB; OTCQX: NIOBF) in its business combination with GX Acquisition Corp. II (Nasdaq: GXII), a publicly-traded special purpose acquisition corporation.
  • Flowers Foods acquires Papa Pita BakeryJones Day advised Flowers Foods, Inc. in its acquisition of Papa Pita Bakery, a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-quality bagels, tortillas, breads, buns, English muffins, and flat breads.
  • HanesBrands completes $600 million Senior Notes offering and prices $900 million term loan B facilityJones Day represented HanesBrands Inc. in connection with (i) a Rule 144A and Regulation S offering of $600 million aggregate principal amount of 9.000% Senior Notes due 2031 and (ii) an amendment to the credit agreement that governs the company's existing senior secured credit facilities to provide for a new $900 million senior secured term loan B facility (the “Term Loan B”).
  • APRINOIA Therapeutics and Ross Acquisition Corp II announce business combinationJones Day is advising Ross Acquisition Corp II in the business combination with APRINOIA Therapeutics Inc. pursuant to which APRINOIA and Ross will each become a wholly owned subsidiary of the combined company, APRINOIA Therapeutics Holdings Limited, a newly formed entity.
  • Roper Technologies sells majority stake in industrial businesses to Clayton Dubilier & Rice, LLC for $2.6 billionJones Day advised Roper Technologies, Inc. on the sale of a majority stake in its industrial businesses, including its entire Process Technologies segment and the industrial businesses within its Measurement & Analytical Solutions segment, to an affiliate of Clayton Dubilier & Rice, LLC, for $2.6 billion in cash and contingent consideration of up to $51 million.
  • Nutrien completes US$1 billion Senior Unsecured Notes offeringJones Day represented Nutrien Ltd. in connection with a public offering of US$1 billion of Senior Notes, consisting of (i) US$500 million aggregate principal amount of 5.900% Senior Notes due 2024 and (ii) US$500 million aggregate principal amount of 5.950% Senior Notes due 2025.
  • Rayonier establishes $300 million at-the-market equity programJones Day represented Rayonier Inc. in connection with establishing an at-the-market equity program for the offering and sale of up to $300 million of its Common Shares.
  • Nutrien establishes $4.5 billion commercial paper facilityJones Day represented Nutrien Ltd., an integrated provider of crop inputs and services, in connection with the establishment of a $4.5 billion commercial paper facility.
  • Newell Brands completes $1 billion Senior Notes offeringJones Day represented Newell Brands Inc. in connection with a public offering of $1 billion of Notes, consisting of $500 million aggregate principal amount of 6.375% Senior Notes due 2027 and $500 million aggregate principal amount of 6.675% Senior Notes due 2029.
  • Labcorp to spin off Clinical Development businessJones Day is advising Labcorp (NYSE: LH), a leading global life sciences company, in its consideration of whether to pursue a spin-off of its Clinical Development business to its shareholders through a tax-free transaction.
  • Aaron's Company acquires BrandsMart U.S.A. for $230 millionJones Day advised The Aaron's Company, Inc., a leading technology-enabled, omnichannel provider of lease-to-own and purchase solutions, on its acquisition of BrandsMart U.S.A. for $230 million.
  • PureCycle Technologies completes $250 million private placement of Common Stock and WarrantsJones Day represented PureCycle Technologies, Inc. in connection with its private placement of $250 million of Common Stock and Warrants.
  • Roper Technologies sells TransCore to Singapore Technologies Engineering for $2.68 billionJones Day advised Roper Technologies, Inc. in the sale of TransCore Partners, LLC and TLP Holdings, LLC to an affiliate of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd. for $2.68 billion in cash, subject to customary purchase price adjustments.
  • Asbury Automotive Group acquires Larry H. Miller Dealerships and Total Care Auto for $3.2 billionJones Day advised Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE: ABG), one of the largest automotive retail and service companies in the U.S., in its acquisition of Larry H. Miller Dealerships, and Total Care Auto, Powered by Landcar for $3.2 billion.
  • Nutrien completes $300 million tender offer and redemption of $1.8 billion of debt securitiesJones Day represented Nutrien Ltd., the world's largest provider of crop inputs and services, in connection with the tender offer by Nutrien Ltd. and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Agrium Inc. and Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc., to purchase for cash up to $300 million in aggregate purchase price of their respective debt securities.
  • Koch invests in Footprint at $1.6 billion valuationJones Day advised Koch Strategic Platforms in its $150 million investment in the Class C Preferred Stock of Footprint International Holdco, Inc.
  • Luminex participates in business combination with Global Consumer Acquisition Corp.Jones Day advised Centre Lane Partners, LLC portfolio company Luminex Home Decor & Fragrance Holding Corporation in the attempted business combination with GP Global Limited and Global Consumer Acquisition Corp. (GACQ), a publicly-traded special purpose acquisition company.
  • Ponencias

    • December 1, 2016
      Jones Day/EY - Emerging Risks in Financial Reporting and Disclosures
    • October 27, 2016
      Georgia Bas Association / 35th Annual Business Law Institute - What Keeps In-House Law Departments Up At Night
    • January 7, 2016
      Jones Day Atlanta Hosts Diversity Meet & Greet
    • November 9, 2015
      Atlanta Bar Association / Scrutinizing Executive Compensation - The SEC's New Clawback and Pay Ratio Rules
    • March 23, 2012
      Introduction to the Resale of Restricted and Control Securities, ICLE Basic Securities Law Program