John K. Kane

Partner at Jones Day

John K. Kane

John K. Kane

Partner at Jones Day

Biography

John K. Kane
Partner Jones Day
Education

Georgetown University (J.D. cum laude 1991; The Tax Lawyer); University of Vermont (B.A. cum laude 1987; Phi Beta Kappa)

Bar Admissions

Missouri, Illinois, and New York

Experience Highlights

Hostess to sell Hostess and Dolly Madison snack cake business to Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co. for $410 million

Certain Hostess bread brands and bakeries to be acquired by Flowers Foods for $390 million

WL Ross and Ranieri Real Estate Partners acquire Deutsche Bank Berkshire Mortgage from Deutsche Bank

Areas of Focus

Mergers & Acquisitions
Private Equity
Joint Ventures & Strategic Alliances
Buyouts


John Kane practices primarily in the area of mergers and acquisitions, focusing on transactions involving the sale of privately held companies or divisions and transactions involving distressed or bankrupt targets or sellers. His practice also includes joint ventures and venture capital or other private investments.

John has represented a wide range of domestic and foreign clients, including publicly traded and private strategic buyers, private equity funds, chapter 11 debtors, and management groups.

His representative clients and transactions include: the restructuring of Chrysler; WL Ross & Co.'s investments in the automotive, insurance, railcar, textile, coal, and steel industries; American Greetings' acquisition of Recycled Paper Greetings; section 363 sales involving Boscov's, Norwood Promotional Products, Best Manufacturing, and Levitz Home Furnishings; multiple strategic preferred stock investments by Celgene Corporation; and Hachette Livre's acquisition of Time Warner Book Group.

John spent most of 2000 as the general counsel of ClickThings, Inc., a New York-based software company that developed software for the management and publishing of internet-based content.

Experience


Hostess to sell Hostess and Dolly Madison snack cake business to Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co. for $410 million
Jones Day is advising Hostess Brands, Inc. regarding the stalking horse bid by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC and Metropoulos & Co. to purchase the majority of the assets of the snack cake business, including both Hostess® and Dolly Madison® branded products, including the iconic Twinkies® brand for $410 million.

Certain Hostess bread brands and bakeries to be acquired by Flowers Foods for $390 million
Jones Day is advising Hostess Brands, Inc. regarding the sale of its Wonder, Merita, Nature's Pride, Home Pride, Butternut, and Beefsteak bread brands and associated bakeries to Flowers Foods, Inc. for $390 million.

WL Ross and Ranieri Real Estate Partners acquire Deutsche Bank Berkshire Mortgage from Deutsche Bank
Jones Day represented WL Ross funds in connection with their acquisition, in partnership with Ranieri Real Estate Partners, of Deutsche Bank Berkshire Mortgage, an originator of multifamily loans, from Deutsche Bank.

Omron sells equity interest in Power Systems
Jones Day advised Omron Corporation (TSE-listed) in its sale of its equity interest in Power Systems, Ltd., a maker of flexible, slim pack, electrical double layer capacitors, to Ioxus, Inc., a U.S. company in the energy storage business for clean energy, EV, transportation, and other applications.

WL Ross participates in €1.123 billion (US$1.6 billion) minority investment in Bank of Ireland
Jones Day advised W.L. Ross & Co. LLC in the €1.123 billion (US$1.6 billion) minority stake investment in Bank of Ireland. Co-investors included Fairfax Financial Holdings, Capital Research, Fidelity Investment, and Kennedy Wilson.

Cabot to divest its Supermetals business for $400 million
Jones Day is advising Cabot Corporation in the $400 million sale of its Supermetals business to Global Advanced Metals.

Invesco Asset invests in MaxWest Environmental Systems
Jones Day advised Invesco Asset Managed Ltd. in connection with a $32.5 million purchase of Preferred Stock by certain funds managed by it in a private placement by MaxWest Environmental Systems, Inc., a designer, builder, and operator of waste disposal systems, and a related $900,000 acquisition of 1.8 million Common Shares in MaxWest from Leaf Energy, an investor in renewable energy projects.

Lehman Brothers sells minority interest to Quadrant
Jones Day advised Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. in the $90 million sale of its minority interest in Quadrant Structured Products Ltd., a Cayman Islands limited company.

RHJ International sells its 77.9% ownership of Niles Co. to Valeo for ¥15.4 billion (€135 million)
Jones Day advised RHJ International SA in its sale of its 77.9% interest in Niles Co., Ltd., a Japanese auto parts manufacturer, to Valeo SA, a worldwide leader in the interior controls market, for a total cash consideration of ¥15.4 billion (€135 million).

ABB acquires Insert Key Solutions
Jones Day advised ABB, a leading power and automation technology group, in its acquisition of Insert Key Solutions, a privately owned specialist software provider.

WL Ross invests in loan portfolio
Jones Day advised WL Ross & Co. LLC in connection with its co-investment with Colony Financial, Inc., a real estate finance and investment company, in the Milestone North Loan Portfolio.

Chemtura plan confirmed and bondholders take majority equity stake in reorganized company
Jones Day successfully represented an ad hoc committee of bondholders in the Chemtura bankruptcy case, prevailing in a heavily-contested confirmation trial before Bankruptcy Judge Robert Gerber in the Southern District of New York.

International Automotive Components Group North America obtains credit facility
Jones Day advised International Automotive Components Group North America, Inc., a leading global automotive parts supplier, and certain of its North American subsidiaries in their $200 million senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility.

WL Ross acquires stake in Virgin Money Holdings
Jones Day represented WL Ross & Co. LLC in connection with its £100 million (US$152 million) acquisition of a 21% stake in Virgin Money Holdings (UK) Limited.

Aurora Capital acquires assets of Ames Taping Tools in a Section 363 bankruptcy
Jones Day advised Aurora Capital Group in connection with its acquisition of the assets of Ames Taping Tools, a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of automatic taping and finishing tools for drywall, in a Section 363 bankruptcy.

Noteholders' committee presented bid for Wind Hellas assets in its debt reorganization
Jones Day advised the Ad Hoc Committee of Subordinated Noteholders in the €3 billion (US$3.8 billion) debt reorganization of Hellas II and its bid for the assets of Wind Hellas Telecommunications.

WL Ross funds acquire interest in real estate loan portfolio from the FDIC
Jones Day advised WL Ross-managed funds on their participation in a consortium led by Starwood Capital Group that acquired from the FDIC a 40% interest in a portfolio of troubled real estate loans for $554 million.

Chrysler sold to Fiat-led "New Chrysler" after historic court proceedings
After a historic battle all the way to the United States Supreme Court, Chrysler LLC sold substantially all of its assets to Fiat-led "New Chrysler" (Chrysler Group LLC) on June 10, 2009, providing the opportunity for its iconic brands and U.S. operations to survive.

WL Ross invests in Assured Guaranty to fund Assured's acquisition of Financial Security Assurance Holdings
Jones Day advised WL Ross & Co. LLC in connection with its $361 million commitment to invest in Assured Guaranty Ltd. to fund Assured's acquisition of Financial Security Assurance Holdings Ltd. from Dexia SA.

American Greetings buys Recycled Paper Greetings for $152.4 million
Jones Day advised American Greetings Corporation in its $152.4 million acquisition of Recycled Paper Greetings, Inc.


Publications

November 2010
Stock-for-Stock Exchange Offers in the United States: Underutilized Infrastructure, MARR


December 30, 2004
Distressed M&A - Section 1145: Theory Versus Practice, coauthored with Corinne Ball, New York Law Journal


2003
Bidding Procedures and Sale Orders: The Keys to Distress M&A, American Law Institute-American Bar Association Publication (SJ025 ALI-ABA 411)


November 1, 2003
Section 363 Sales: Bidding Procedures and Sale Orders, 26th Forum on Negotiating Corporate Acquisition - Public and Private


November 1, 2003
Section 363 Sales: Bidding Procedures and Sale Orders, 35th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation


October 29, 2003
Fallen Angels: An Acquisition Opportunity, with Corinne Ball and assistance from Randi Lesnick, New York Law Journal


April 2003
How to Handle Corporate Distress Sale Transactions, ALI-ABA Business Law Course Materials Journal - PDF Only PDF


January/February 2003
A Practical Guide to Distress M&A, The M&A Lawyer - PDF Only

Overview
Career Highlights

ClickThings, Inc.

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John K. Kane
Partner at Jones Day
Education
JD, cum laude
Class of 1991

Georgetown University Law Center is the law school of Georgetown University, located in Washington, D.C. Established in 1870, the Law Center offers J.D., LL.M., and S.J.D. degrees in law.[5] As the second largest law school in the United States, Georgetown Law often touts the advantages of its wide range of program offerings and proximity to federal agencies and courts, including the Supreme Court

BA, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Class of 1987

Founded in 1791, University of Vermont is the fifth oldest university in New England (after Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth and Brown). UVM is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Called UVM for Universitas Viridis Montis, Latin for "University of the Green Mountains."

Memberships
Member
Prior

The Tax Lawyer and The State and Local Tax Lawyer are published by the Section of Taxation of the American Bar Association with the assistance of the Georgetown University Law Center and its students. The Tax Lawyer endeavors to provide scholarly articles and student notes and comments on topics of professional interest to members of the Section of Taxation and other readers. This website is maintained by the student editors of The Tax Lawyer.

Career History
Partner
Current

Jones Day LP provides legal services. The company's practice areas include banking and finance, capital markets, mergers & acquisitions, real estate, government regulations, tax, financial institutions litigation and regulation, business restructuring, and private equity. It offers services to the airlines, aviation, automotive, construction, energy, healthcare, insurance, media, pharmaceuticals and telecommunication industries. Jones Day was founded in March 1893 by Edwin J. Blandin and William Lowe Rice and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.

General Counsel
Prior
Political Donations
$2,000
2012

Former President of United States

$1,000
2012

Senator at Office of the Senator from Utah, Mitt Romney

$500
2008

Former President of United States

Transactions
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América Móvil, S.A.B. de C.V. purchases Nextel Telecomunicações Ltda. from NII Holdings, Inc.

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Kirby Corp. purchases Stewart & Stevenson LLC from Parman Capital Group LLC

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Mitsui & Co., Ltd., Denka Co., Ltd. purchase E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. /Chloroprene Rubber Business from DuPont resulting in a new company Denka Performance Elastomer LLC

Awards & Honors
Admitted to the New York Bar
Admitted to the Illinois Bar
Admitted to the Missouri Bar
Other Affiliations

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