John T. Gaffney

Partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

John T. Gaffney

John T. Gaffney

Partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Biography

?John T. Gaffney is a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and a member of Gibson Dunn’s Energy and Infrastructure, Mergers and Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Privacy, Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection, and Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance Practice Groups. He has extensive experience representing public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and capital markets transactions. Mr. Gaffney also advises boards of directors and special committees in corporate governance matters. Mr. Gaffney has considerable transactional experience advising domestic and international clients across numerous industries, including significant depth in the media, telecom, renewable energy and shipping industries.

Mr. Gaffney has been ranked as a leading corporate lawyer (Band 1) in Media & Entertainment by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and is described as “a dedicated and detailed lawyer,” “excellent, particularly on M&A issues” and “an eminently sensible dealmaker.” He has been recognized by the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers in Capital Markets as a leading practitioner in domestic and international capital markets transactions and by The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Corporate Law. Mr. Gaffney was also named 2017 BTI Client Service All-Star by BTI Consulting.

Prior to joining Gibson Dunn in 2011, Mr. Gaffney was a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. During his 22 years at Cravath, Mr. Gaffney’s practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, capital markets transactions and corporate governance matters. In 2008, Mr. Gaffney left Cravath to join his client, First Solar, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of thin-film photovoltaic solar modules, where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer and led the legal, corporate development and worldwide government affairs functions. In 2010, Mr. Gaffney joined Solyndra, Inc., a manufacturer of thin-film photovoltaic solar modules, where he served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and General Counsel and led the legal, corporate development, worldwide government affairs and business development-emerging markets functions.

Mr. Gaffney earned his Juris Doctor and Masters of Business Administration from New York University in 1986. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from The George Washington University in 1982, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

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Selected Mergers and Acquisitions Experience

* Evercore Partners, Inc.: Represented Evercore Partners as financial advisor to Knight Transportation in connection with its merger with Swift Transportation.
* GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Limited: Represented GCL-Poly in its acquisition of the Solar Materials division of SunEdison.
* Xiphos Bio LLC: Represented Xiphos Bio in connection with its acquisition of a minority interest in LAM Therapeutics, Inc., a developer of drugs for the treatment of rare diseases and cancer.
* Evercore Partners, Inc.: Represented Evercore Partners as financial advisor to General Maritime Corporation, an owner of crude tankers, in connection with GMC’s merger of equals transaction with Navig8 Crude Tankers Inc.
* Time Inc.: Represented Time Inc. in connection with its acquisition of American Express Co.’s publishing arm, which includes titles such as Food & Wine and Travel & Leisure.
* Steinway Musical Instruments: Represented Steinway in connection with its $512 million sale to Paulson & Co.
* Fender Musical Instruments Corporation: Represented Fender Musical Instruments in connection with the strategic investment by TPG Growth and Servco-Pacific.
* Time Warner Inc.: Represented Time Warner in connection with the $1.225 billion sale of its 50% interest in Comedy Central to Viacom, Inc.
* Time Warner Inc.: Represented Time Warner in connection with the $537.5 million sale of its Time Warner Book Group to Lagardère SCA.
* Time Warner Inc.: Represented Time Warner in connection with its $735 million acquisition of Liberty Media Corporation’s 50% interest in Court TV.
* Time Warner Inc. and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.: Represented Time Warner and Turner Broadcasting System in connection with the sale of the Atlanta Braves (MLB Franchise) to Liberty Media Corporation.
* Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.: Represented Turner Broadcasting System in connection with its sale of the Atlanta Thrashers (NHL Franchise) and the Atlanta Hawks (NBA Franchise) to Atlanta Spirit LLC.
* Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.: Represented Turner Broadcasting System in connection with the sale of its Turner South regional sports and entertainment network to Fox Cable Networks.
* Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.: Represented Turner Broadcasting System in connection with its acquisition of certain multichannel networks in Latin America from Claxson Interactive Group Inc.
* Time Inc.: Represented Time in connection with its $1.6 billion acquisition of IPC Magazines.
* Time Inc.: Represented Time in connection with the sale of its 50% interest in its Book-of-the-Month Club business to Bertelsmann AG.
* Time Inc.: Represented Time in connection with the sale of its Time4Media Group and its Parenting Group to Bonnier AB.
* Time Inc.: Represented Time in connection with its acquisition of Grupo Editorial Expansion.
* Time Inc.: Represented Time in connection with its investment in the FanNation.com business.
* Time Inc.: Represented Time in connection with the sale of its Time-Life direct marketing music and video business to a joint venture of Ripplewood Holdings and ZelnickMedia.
* Time Inc.: Represented Time in connection with its acquisition of Metros Cubicos, S.A. de C.V. (Mexico).
* Book-of-the-Month Club, Inc.: Represented Book-of-the-Month Club in connection with the sale of certain assets related to Book Club Operations to Doubleday Canada, Ltd.
* Time Warner Cable Inc.: Represented Time Warner Cable in connection with its joint venture with Comcast Corporation and the owners of the New York Mets to create SNY, a regional sports television network.
* Time Warner Cable Inc.: Represented Time Warner Cable in connection with its acquisition of Urban Cable Works.
* Creo Inc.: Represented Creo in connection with is $1 billion acquisition by Eastman Kodak Company.
* Rogers Communications Inc.: Represented Rogers Communications in connection with its $1.5 billion purchase of a 34.2% equity interest in Rogers Wireless Communications Inc. from AT&T Wireless.
* Rogers Wireless Communications Inc.: Represented Rogers Wireless Communications in connection with its $963 million acquisition of Microcell Telecommunications Inc.
* Rogers Communications Inc.: Represented Rogers Communications in connection with its $390 million acquisition of Call-Net Enterprises Inc.
* Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc.: Represented Overseas Shipholding Group in connection with its $1.3 billion acquisition of Stelmar Shipping Ltd.
* Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc.: Represented Overseas Shipholding Group in connection with its $455 million acquisition of Maritrans Inc.
* First Solar, Inc.: Represented First Solar in its acquisition of Turner Renewables Inc.
* PSEG: Represented PSEG in the $685 million sale of its 50% ownership interest in the Chilean electric distributor Chilquinta Energía S.A. and its 38% ownership interest in the Peruvian electric distributor Luz del Sur S.A.A.
* Ballard Power Systems: Represented Ballard Power Systems in connection with its $348 million acquisition of DaimlerChrysler AG’s and Ford Co.’s stakes in two fuel-cell companies, Xcellsis GmbH and Ecostar Electric Drive Systems LLC.
* Ballard Material Products, Inc.: Represented Ballard Material Products in connection with its acquisition of the material carbon business of Textron Systems Corporation.
* Cytec Industries Inc.: Repr

Overview
Career Highlights

Solyndra LLC

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Number of Boards

3

Birthday

1961

Age

59

Number of Awards

1

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John T. Gaffney
Partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Education
Master of Business Administration
Class of 1986

Since its inception in 1900, New York University Stern School of Business has been in and of New York City. Founded as the School of Commerce, Finance, and Accounting, the School initially offered training to students for careers in commerce in the burgeoning financial markets of New York City. Today, located in the heart of Greenwich Village with a campus in Westchester, Stern is one of the nation’s premier management education schools and research centers with a broad portfolio of academic programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels. With its global partnerships and engagement in NYU’s global network university, today NYU Stern is not only in and of the city, but also in and of the world.

JD
Class of 1986

Founded in 1835, New York University School of Law has a record of academic excellence and national scholarly influence. One of the first law schools to admit women, it has been long committed to welcoming students of diverse backgrounds, people who had been discriminated against by many other institutions. Located on the University's campus in Greenwich Village, NYU Law has been a leader, and continues to be, in areas such as law and business, clinical education, public service, interdisciplinary colloquia and global studies.

Bachelor of Arts, Phi Beta Kappa
Class of 1982

The George Washington University actively engages Washington, D.C., and the world. Their location in the heart of Washington places them at the core of U.S. government, policy and law. They sit where the worlds of science, technology, media and the arts converge. Their students and faculty have the unparalleled opportunity to study and work alongside leaders and practitioners in every discipline, to take part in the interchanges that shape our community and the world. The George Washington University was created in 1821 through an Act of Congress, fulfilling George Washington’s vision of an institution in the nation’s capital dedicated to educating and preparing future leaders. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. They have more than 20,000 students—from all 50 states, the District and more than 130 countries—studying a rich range of disciplines: from forensic science and creative writing to international affairs and computer engineering, as well as medicine, public health, the law and public policy. GW comprises three campuses—Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon in Washington, D.C., and the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Va.—as well as several graduate education centers in the metropolitan area and Hampton Roads, Va.

Career History
Senior Vice President, Corporate Department & General Counsel
2010 - 2011

Headquartered in Fremont, California, Solyndra designs and manufactures solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, comprised of panels and mounts, for the commercial rooftop market. Solyndra’s CIGS technology is a proven and scalable solar solution that offers strong ROI and economics for the rooftop owner . The company has installed its systems on more than 1000 rooftops in more than 20 countries. In 2010 Solyndra was named “One of the 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World” by MIT’s Technology Review Magazine. Using innovative cylindrical modules and thin film CIGS technology, Solyndra systems are designed to provide the lowest levelized cost of electricity and the highest kilowatt hour production per rooftop for typical installations. The unique Solyndra form factor is designed specifically for the commercial rooftop, offering the fastest and easiest installation, a non-penetrating mounting system, and superior wind, snow and soiling performance. In addition Solyndra offers energy and conservation advantages when installed in conjunction with a white or “cool” roof.Founded in 2005, today the company employs high-volume manufacturing based on proven technologies and processes to meet the needs of the global solar market. Solyndra manufactures its products in the United States where it currently operates a state-of-the-art 300,000 square foot front-end manufacturing factory and a 500,000 square foot back-end facility. The manufacturing facility has helped Solyndra drive costs down dramatically allowing the company to offer highly competitive “all in” installed cost on the rooftop. In 2011 Solyndra will double it’s production capacity, ramping toward 300MW in 2012. The company employs approximately 1050 employees around the world and has offices in the United States, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, and France. Revenues were approximately $140 million in 2010.

Partner
2011 - Current

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP provides legal services. The firm provides services in areas such as labor, employment, entertainment & media law, toxic torts and other environmental matters. Its clients include commercial & investment banks, government entities, individuals and startups. The company was founded in 1890 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA.

Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer
2008 - 2009

Founded in 1999, First Solar has become the world’s premier provider of fully integrated solar solutions, creating value-driven renewable energy projects that represent the leading edge of utility-scale solar technology and innovation. Having constructed and commissioned many of the world’s largest, state-of-the-art photovoltaic (PV) power plants in operation today, First Solar has established a portfolio of customers that include some of the world’s most sophisticated energy buyers. Our full service approach ensures the successful delivery of clean, affordable solar power—and spans the entire value chain, including module manufacturing; project development; engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC); financing; and operations and maintenance (O&M).

Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Directors
Prior - 2016

Safe Bulkers, Inc. is a holding company, which engages in the ownership and operation of dry bulk vessels. It offers marine dry bulk transportation services, transporting bulk cargoes, particularly coal, grain, and iron ore. Its fleet include Panamax, Kamsarmax, Post-Panamax, and Capesize class vessels. The company was founded on December 11, 2007 and is headquartered in Les Acanthes, Monaco.

Member, Committee on Sustainability
Tenure Unconfirmed

The George Washington University actively engages Washington, D.C., and the world. Their location in the heart of Washington places them at the core of U.S. government, policy and law. They sit where the worlds of science, technology, media and the arts converge. Their students and faculty have the unparalleled opportunity to study and work alongside leaders and practitioners in every discipline, to take part in the interchanges that shape our community and the world. The George Washington University was created in 1821 through an Act of Congress, fulfilling George Washington’s vision of an institution in the nation’s capital dedicated to educating and preparing future leaders. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. They have more than 20,000 students—from all 50 states, the District and more than 130 countries—studying a rich range of disciplines: from forensic science and creative writing to international affairs and computer engineering, as well as medicine, public health, the law and public policy. GW comprises three campuses—Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon in Washington, D.C., and the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Va.—as well as several graduate education centers in the metropolitan area and Hampton Roads, Va.

Member Trustee
Tenure Unconfirmed

MKA's challenging, engaging and innovative academic program provides a vibrant and transformative education. Our faculty's deep and genuine understanding of our students as individuals and learners fosters their ethical development, intellectual growth and personal success. MKA's diverse, collaborative and inclusive community inspires students to lead lives of noble character, purpose and distinction. Evidence of our mission is found in the Knowledge, the Vision and the Integrity of our students and our alumni: Knowledge: Academic excellence Intellectual independence Love of learning Vision: Personal engagement with the world Understanding of human complexity A sense of humility and compassion Integrity: Strength of character Responsibility as a citizen and leader An honorable and generous life

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$10K - $20K
2014

MKA's challenging, engaging and innovative academic program provides a vibrant and transformative education. Our faculty's deep and genuine understanding of our students as individuals and learners fosters their ethical development, intellectual growth and personal success. MKA's diverse, collaborative and inclusive community inspires students to lead lives of noble character, purpose and distinction. Evidence of our mission is found in the Knowledge, the Vision and the Integrity of our students and our alumni: Knowledge: Academic excellence Intellectual independence Love of learning Vision: Personal engagement with the world Understanding of human complexity A sense of humility and compassion Integrity: Strength of character Responsibility as a citizen and leader An honorable and generous life

$1,000 +
2012

The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) is the George Washington University's liberal arts and sciences college. The Columbian College bears the original name of the George Washington University when it was chartered by the United States Congress in 1821. It is the largest school at George Washington, with around 5,000 undergraduate students and 2,500 graduate students, and 42 academic departments, representing the majority of the University's instructional, scholarly and research activity.

$1,000 +
2011

The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) is the George Washington University's liberal arts and sciences college. The Columbian College bears the original name of the George Washington University when it was chartered by the United States Congress in 1821. It is the largest school at George Washington, with around 5,000 undergraduate students and 2,500 graduate students, and 42 academic departments, representing the majority of the University's instructional, scholarly and research activity.

Political Donations
$2,500
2012

Senator at Office of the Senator from Utah, Mitt Romney

$500
2012

Co-Founder at Xometry, Inc.

$1,000
2009

Director of Monetary Policy at American Principles Project

Transactions
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Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. issued CAD Common Shares - Bought Deal

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Piedmont Lithium Ltd. issued USD American Depositary Shares

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Servco Pacific, Inc. purchases Fender Musical Instruments Corp. from TPG Growth LLC, Cobalt Capital

Awards & Honors
Admitted to the New York Bar
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