H. John Michel, Jr.

Partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

H. John Michel, Jr.

H. John Michel, Jr.

Partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Biography

H. John Michel, Jr., a partner and member of the Corporate and Securities Practice Group, has practiced law at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP since 1985. He concentrates his practice in securities offerings, securities law compliance, and mergers and acquisitions. He also is the firm’s Partner for Planning and Practice Development and a member of its Operating and Practice Management Committees.

Securities Offerings and Compliance. A substantial portion of Jack’s practice has involved the representation of issuers and underwriters in public offerings of securities to raise capital and to effect restructurings and acquisitions. In the recent past, he has worked on the registration of approximately $7 billion in securities—including common and preferred stock and high yield debt instruments—with the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with a variety of transactions. He also serves as outside counsel to several public companies and a sizable hedge fund in securities compliance matters.

Mergers and Acquisitions. Jack’s mergers and acquisitions transactions include acquisitions of automotive and health care companies, foreign and domestic manufacturers, foreign and domestic retailers, banks, hedge funds and portfolio companies by the firm’s public and private clients in transactions ranging in size from less than $20 million to more than $2 billion. Jack has also represented public and private companies, investor groups, and private equity funds in all aspects of mergers and acquisitions work, including control and co-investment transactions, friendly and hostile tender offers, the design and implementation of poison pills and other antitakeover devices, the legal evaluation of tender and acquisition offers by boards of directors, “going private” transactions and leveraged buyouts and acquisitions through federal bankruptcy proceedings. At various times, Jack’s practice has focused on troubled companies and their attendant insolvency, SEC enforcement proceedings and shareholder derivative actions.

In General. Jack received his bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University, his master’s degree from The University of Chicago, and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was a member of the law review.

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Education
J.D.
Class of 1985

The University of Pennsylvania Law School, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the law school of the University of Pennsylvania. A member of the Ivy League, it is among the oldest and most selective law schools in the nation. It is currently ranked 7th overall by U.S. News & World Report, and 1st in terms of career prospects by the Princeton Review, a rank awarded also by the National Law Journal based on placement of graduates in top law firms.It offers the degrees of Juris Doctor (J.D.), Master of Laws (LL.M.), Master of Comparative Laws (LL.C.M.), and Doctor of the Science of Law (S.J.D.).

M.A.
Class of 1977

The University of Chicago's Office of Investments (COI) is responsible for managing the University's investment assets, which includes overseeing the endowment to ensure that it benefits both current and future generations of the University of Chicago. COI oversees the broad investment strategy and provides input to the development of the strategic and tactical investment policies of the University & UCMC endowments, pension plans and self-insurance trust assets. Their strategy combines qualitative and quantitative analysis, seeking to achieve superior investment performance on a risk-adjusted basis.COI's approach seeks to evaluate the investment strategy as an integrated part of the operating plans of the University rather than in isolation and focuses the the University's overall success, not investment returns. The endowment is well-diversified across a variety of asset classes, including global stocks and bonds, real estate, natural resources, private equity, absolute return strategies and protection (tail-hedging strategies). Asset class exposure is achieved primarily by selecting and engaging external managers. COI manages the global macro and the overlay portfolio to ensure that the portfolio's overall positioning is compliance with the endowment's investment guidelines.COI's strategies for investing in the public markets include: Absolute Return, Private Debt, Fixed Income and Credit. and Global Equities.COI's real assets team invests globally in real estate and natural resources using outside managers. The real estate portfolio invests globally in value-added and opportunistic strategies using both private partnerships and public vehicles. The natural resources portfolio invests globally in strategies that include, but are not limited to: oil and gas exploration & production; power generation; infrastructure; timber; mining and minerals; and agriculture.

A.B.
Class of 1970

Wesleyan University is known for the excellence of its academic and co-curricular programs. About 2,900 undergraduates—and some 200 graduate students—from around the world pursue their classroom studies, research projects, and co-curricular interests in ways that are demanding and intensely rewarding. Here, on a beautiful campus overlooking the Connecticut River, students learn to do productive and innovative work that makes a positive difference in the world—that’s what Wesleyan is about.

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Prior

The University of Pennsylvania Law Review (Bluebook abbreviation: U. Pa. L. Rev.) is a law review focusing on legal issues, published by an organization of second and third year J.D. students at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. It is the oldest law journal in the United States, having been published continuously since 1852.

Career History
Partner
1985 - Current

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP provides legal services in areas such as corporate and securities, corporate restructuring, investment management, health care, real estate, environment and energy, employee benefits and executive compensation, commercial litigation, life insurance and annuities, insurance coverage, labor and employment, intellectual property, government and regulatory affairs, communications litigation, products liability and mass tort litigation, and private client services. The company was founded in 1849 and it is headquartered in Philadelphia, PA.

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Member, Practice Management Committee
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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP provides legal services in areas such as corporate and securities, corporate restructuring, investment management, health care, real estate, environment and energy, employee benefits and executive compensation, commercial litigation, life insurance and annuities, insurance coverage, labor and employment, intellectual property, government and regulatory affairs, communications litigation, products liability and mass tort litigation, and private client services. The company was founded in 1849 and it is headquartered in Philadelphia, PA.

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Cott Corp. (Canada) purchases Crystal Rock Holdings Inc.

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Hamilton Lane, Inc. issued Class A Voting Common Stock

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Hamilton Lane, Inc. issued Class A Voting Common Stock

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Admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar
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