Courtenay M.Nolan


Chicago + 1.312.269.4132

Courtenay Nolan practices in the area of employee benefits and executive compensation and has worked on more than 100 transactions. Her practice covers a wide variety of matters, including advising clients on the employee benefits aspects of corporate transactions and counseling clients on day-to-day general employee benefits and executive compensation issues. Courtenay has substantial experience assisting with equity incentive, employment, severance, separation, bonus, retention, and change-of-control arrangements. She also advises clients regarding the administration and compliance of employee benefit plans and arrangements with the Internal Revenue Code and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

Transactions that Courtenay has worked on include NVIDIA's $7 billion acquisition of Mellanox Technologies, OMNOVA's $824 million acquisition by Synthomer plc, Cylance's $1.4 billion acquisition by BlackBerry, and Cardinal Health's $1.115 billion acquisition of The Harvard Drug Group. The private equity funds with which Courtenay has worked include: Baird Capital, Cortec Group, Dorilton Capital, High Road Capital Partners, J.F. Lehman, HCI Equity Partners, MPE Partners, Resilience Capital Partners, and The Riverside Company. Courtenay has also assisted a top-tier national university with certain of its employee arrangements and deferred compensation plans for administrators and coaches.

Courtenay volunteers for Working in the Schools (WITS), a nonprofit that empowers young readers in Chicago Public Schools, and Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly, a nonprofit dedicated to relieving isolation and loneliness among Chicago's elders. She has also done pro bono work for Injustice Watch, the Grant Park Orchestral Association, and the Chicago History Museum.


  • Integrated Power Services acquires Midwest Switchgear ServicesJones Day advised Integrated Power Services in its acquisition of Midwest Switchgear Services, a provider of low- and medium-voltage electrical services for customers in power generation, steel and aluminum, pulp and paper, and refineries.
  • AURELIUS acquires The Body ShopJones Day advised private equity investor AURELIUS on its acquisition of The Body Shop from Natura & Co S.A.
  • Integrated Power Services acquires Wind SolutionsJones Day advised Integrated Power Services in the acquisition of Wind Solutions LLC, a company that specializes in repair upgrades, accessory components, and patent-protected yaw system components.
  • Integrated Power Services acquires Lighthouse Global EnergyJones Day advised Integrated Power Services in its acquisition of Lighthouse Global Energy, an OEM wind turbine parts supplier and manufacturer with in-house engineering, testing, and repair expertise.
  • Helios Technologies acquires Schultes Precision ManufacturingJones Day advised Helios Technologies, Inc. in the acquisition of Schultes Precision Manufacturing, Inc., highly trusted specialist in manufacturing precision machined components and assemblies for customers requiring very tight tolerances, superior quality, and exceptional value-added manufacturing processes.
  • Sonepar acquires NEDCO SupplyJones Day represented Sonepar, a global market leader in B-to-B distribution of electrical products, in its acquisition of NEDCO Supply, a full-line distributor of electrical products and services operating throughout southern Nevada.
  • Deezer invests to create livestreaming powerhouse as Driift acquires DreamstageJones Day advised Deezer S.A. in its £4 million investment in the merger of Driift and Dreamstage, creating a livestreaming powerhouse.
  • BenefitMall acquires Mutual MedJones Day advised BenefitMall, the largest health benefits general agent in the U.S., in its acquisition of Mutual Med, a Davenport, Iowa-based insurance general agency providing sales counseling and support for insurance brokers primarily in rural markets and with an emphasis on small group business.
  • High Road Capital portfolio company acquires Elite Technologies & CommunicationsJones Day advised High Road Capital Partners in connection with its acquisition by portfolio company Exponential Power, Inc. of Elite Technologies & Communications, Inc. (Elite Tech), expanding the company's position as an industry leading supplier of DC power, products, solutions, and services.
  • Baird Capital acquires UGSI Solutions, Inc.Jones Day represented Baird Capital in the acquisition and financing of UGSI Solutions and its subsidiaries, which provide water quality management solutions and chemical feed systems to municipal water and wastewater utility markets.
  • Sonepar sells Vallen Distribution to Nautic PartnersJones Day represented the Sonepar Group – a Paris-headquartered global leader in B-to-B distribution of electrical products, solutions and related services – in the sale of Sonepar's subsidiary business, Vallen Distribution, to Nautic Partners, a middle-market private equity firm based in Rhode Island.
  • 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.
  • High Road Capital portfolio company acquires MaeTec Power, Inc.Jones Day advised High Road Capital Partners in connection with the acquisition and financing by portfolio company Exponential Power of MaeTec Power, Inc., known for its outstanding service in the telecom and broadband industries across the United States, with an emphasis on DC power plant services, battery services, grounding audits, and infrastructure design and support.
  • HCI Equity Partners-backed SDS Rx acquires Mission Critical Delivery SolutionsJones Day advised HCI Equity Partners in the acquisition and financing by portfolio company SDS Rx of Mission Critical Delivery Solutions, headquartered in Bangor, Maine.
  • 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.
  • High Road Capital portfolio company acquires Static PowerJones Day advised High Road Capital Partners in the acquisition by portfolio company Exponential Power of Static Power Conversion Services Inc., a provider of comprehensive engineering, sales, and service to users and manufacturers of critical power systems.
  • ABM acquires Able Services for $830 millionJones Day advised ABM Industries Incorporated in the acquisition of Able Services, a leading facilities services company headquartered in San Francisco, in a cash transaction valued at $830 million.
  • Cortec Group portfolio company acquires Kino Flo, Inc.Jones Day advised the Cortec Group and Chauvet & Sons, LLC in connection with the acquisition by portfolio company Chauvet & Sons, LLC, a developer and manufacturer of entertainment lighting products, of Kino Flo, Inc., a multi-award-winning manufacturer of lighting systems engineered for cinema and television production.
  • Building Systems Holdings sells company to Therma HoldingsJones Day advised Building Systems Holdings, Inc. in the sale of the company to Therma Holdings.
  • Pacific Avenue Capital Partners completes continuation vehicle investment with Emerald TextilesJones Day advised Pacific Avenue Capital Partners, LLC in the new capital raise to purchase Emerald Textiles, the leading provider of fully outsourced healthcare linen management services in the Western United States, from existing limited partner investors through a continuation vehicle.