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Biography

Jeff joined the Lexington office in January 1996. Before joining the firm, he practiced in the Los Angeles and District of Columbia offices of Latham & Watkins, and opened and worked in its Hong Kong office.

Jeff is the chair of the firm’s Business Department and has served as the Business Combinations and Capital Transactions Practice Group Leader. He has substantial experience representing domestic and foreign buyers and sellers in connection with the purchase and sale of private and public companies, and representing companies that are establishing a presence in the Midwestern and Southern United States. He also has significant experience representing lenders and borrowers in funding transactions involving the United States and foreign jurisdictions. Jeff works extensively on all stages of corporate and financial transactions, including structuring, negotiating, documenting and consummating such transactions.

 

Experience

Mergers, Acquisitions & Dispositions

Jeff represents clients in connection with mergers, acquisitions, and dispositions. Representative transactions include:

$860 million sale of coal company assets in a Section 363 sale

$820 million merger

$800 million tender offer and merger

$800 million acquisition of assets in three related transactions

$600 million purchase of a coal company

$515 million merger of a manufacturing company

$350 million sale of stock of a manufacturing company

$320 million sale of equity interests

$275 million sale of limited liability company interests

$150 million purchase of German entity with operations in Austria

$105 million sale of equity interests and assets

$100 million sale of human resources management business (involved the U.S. and twelve foreign jurisdictions)

$100 million purchase of several subsidiaries of a large mining company

$51 million stock acquisition

$35 million sale of majority interest in manufacturing company

$30 million acquisition of the divisions of a manufacturing company with operations located in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada

$25 million sale of coal company assets

$20 million sale of a majority interest in a technology and manufacturing company

Financing Transactions

Advises clients in connection with financing transactions.  Projects include:

$2 billion project financing of a power plant in Asia and syndication of loan to approximately 50 banks

$1.3 billion financing under two credit facilities

$750 million credit facility

$200 million senior credit facility

$200 million senior bond offering

$150 million subordinated bond offering

$115 million term and revolving credit financing for a company with operations in the U.S. and ten foreign countries

$115 million issuance of industrial revenue bonds

$50 million credit facility for company with operations in the U.S. and four foreign countries

$50 million senior credit facility

$31 million issuance of industrial revenue bonds

Other Info About Jeff

Education

Law School

Cornell Law School, J.D., 1988, cum laude
Note Editor for the International Law Journal

Undergraduate School

Bucknell University, B.A., 1985, magna cum laude
Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Membership

Jeff is licensed to practice in the following state(s):

California, 1989

District of Columbia, 1991

Kentucky, 1997

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

2014-2015 Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award: “Cross Border M&A Attorney of the Year in Kentucky”

The Best Lawyers in America®, Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, 2008-2019; Lexington “Lawyer of the Year,” Mergers & Acquisitions, 2013 & 2017

Chambers USA, Corporate/M&A, 2008-2016

Selected for inclusion in Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Mergers & Acquisitions, 2007-2009, 2012-2016

AV® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Kentucky Bar Association

American Bar Association

Fayette County Bar

District of Columbia Bar Association

California Bar Association

Bluegrass Peer Exchange Network

Kentucky World Trade Center, Board Member; Chair of Programs and Events Committee

Firm Committees

Jeff serves on the following committee(s) at Frost Brown Todd:

Business Department, Chair