Jeffrey D. Symons - Partner

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New York
Phone: +1 212-446-4825
Fax: +1 212-446-6460
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Professional Profile

Jeffrey Symons has been a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP since April 2006. Jeffrey's practice focuses on domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity investments, corporate governance, restructurings, corporate finance and related matters. Jeffrey regularly represents both principals and financial advisors in negotiated and unsolicited transactions, and he has represented numerous special committees in connection with related party transactions. His practice has involved transactions in a variety of industries, including the information services, healthcare and pharmaceutical, transportation and air freight services, insurance and reinsurance, telecommunications, media and entertainment, manufacturing and retail industries. Jeffrey has also represented both issuers and underwriters in securities offerings in the public and 144A/Regulation S markets. Jeffrey was named one of the "Dealmakers of the Year" for 2011 by The American Lawyer for his work on behalf of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited in connection with its $6.8 billion acquisition of Cephalon Inc. He was also recognized in the 2012 edition of the Legal 500 U.S. for M&A: mega-deals ($5bn+), praised by clients as "very personable, knowledgeable, quick to respond, and a pleasure to work with."


Representative Matters

Pfizer Inc. in connection with its pending $635 million acquisition of the marketed vaccines portfolio of Baxter International Inc.

PHH Corporation in connection with its pending $1.4 billion sale of its fleet management services business PHH Arval to Element Financial Corporation.

Hess Corporation in connection with its pending $2.6 billion sale of its retail business to Speedway LLC.

Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe in connection with its $730 million sale of Peak 10, Inc. to GI Partners.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries in connection with its acquisition of NuPathe Inc.

CSC ServiceWorks, Inc., and its controlling shareholder Pamplona Capital Management, in connection with the $524 million acquisition of Mac-Gray Corporation.

Vestar Capital Partners in connection with its acquisition of a majority interest in the American Roland Food Corp.

Accenture in connection with its acquisition of Mortgage Cadence LLC.

The Blackstone Group in connection with its approximately $26 billion acquisition proposal for Dell Inc.

Ally Bank in connection with its sale of a portfolio of mortgage servicing rights to Ocwen Financial Corp. for approximately $585 million, the sale of a separate portfolio of mortgage servicing rights to Quicken Loans Inc. for approximately $280 million and the sale of its Business Lending mortgage operation to Walter Investment Management Corp. for an undisclosed price.

Asset Acceptance Capital Corp. in connection with the $205 million acquisition of AACC by Encore Capital Group, Inc.

Angelo, Gordon & Co. in connection with the $296 million acquisition of Benihana Inc.

Spectrum Equity, in its capacity as the largest shareholder of Ancestry.com Inc., in the $1.6 billion acquisition of Ancestry.com by Permira.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited in connection with the $6.8 billion acquisition of Cephalon, Inc.

AuRico Gold, Inc. in its $1.6 billion acquisition of Northgate Minerals Corp.

AuRico Gold, Inc. in its $408 million acquisition of Capital Gold Corporation.

Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe in its acquisition of Peak 10, Inc.

Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, in its capacity as the largest shareholder of ITC^Deltacom, Inc., in the $524 million acquisition of ITC^Deltacom by Earthlink, Inc.

Metavante Technologies Inc. in the $2.94 billion acquisition of Metavante by Fidelity National Information Services Inc.

Dakota Growers Pasta Company in the $240 million acquisition of DGPC by Viterra Inc.

ZM Capital in connection with its acquisition of Canella Response Television, Inc. and Cable Response Televisions LLC.

ZM Capital in the $536 million acquisition of Airvana, Inc. by S.A.C. Private Capital Group, GSO Capital Partners, Sankaty Advisors and ZM Capital.

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, Inc., Bright House Networks, LLC, Google, Inc. and Intel Corporation.

Sun Capital Partners in its successful proxy contest for the election of a slate of directors to the Board of Directors of Furniture Brands International, Inc.

Sun Capital Partners in its $750 million unsolicited tender offer for, and subsequent acquisition of, Kellwood Company.

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.

Paxar Corporation in the $1.34 billion acquisition of Paxar by Avery Dennison Corporation.

Solutia, Inc. in the $225 million acquisition of a 50% interest in the Flexsys Rubber Chemicals joint venture from Akzo Nobel N.V.

CVC Capital Partners Ltd. in the $2.1 billion acquisition of Univar N.V.

MidOcean Partners III, L.P. and affiliated funds in the $450 million acquisition of Sbarro, Inc. from the Sbarro family.

Vestar Capital Partners and certain co-investors in the $695 million sale of all outstanding equity of AT Holdings Corporation to Eaton Corporation.

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association

New York State Bar Association


Prior Experience

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, New York, 1998-2006
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