John P. Edwards

John P. Edwards

Associate, Corporate

Bio

John Edwards focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and other corporate and securities matters.

Mr. Edwards represents acquirers, sellers and targets in a wide variety of transactions, including public and private mergers, acquisitions, dispositions (including auctions), joint ventures, shareholder activism and other corporate matters.

Significant U.S. and cross-border transactions include the representation of:

  • Brookfield Asset Management Reinsurance Partners Ltd. in its $5.1 billion acquisition of American National Group, Inc.;
  • Core Specialty Insurance Holdings, Inc., in its merger with Lancer Insurance Company, following which the combined business had over $1.1 billion in equity capital;
  • Black Diamond in its acquisition, with Investindustrial, of Hexion Inc.’s phenolic specialty resin, hexamine and European-based forest products resins business for $425 million;
  • Ball Corporation in its $225 million divestiture of its Chinese beverage can and end manufacturing business;
  • AutoNation, Inc. in:
    • its pending acquisition of RepairSmith for $190 million; and
    • its acquisition of CIG Financial for $85 million;
  • Kemper Corporation in its sale of its accident and health insurance business to Medical Mutual of Ohio for $90 million;
  • Dürr AG, a major German mechanical and plant engineering firm, in its acquisition of MEGTEC/Universal for $130 million;
  • Bakelite Synthetics in its acquisition of Georgia-Pacific’s chemicals business;
  • The Middleby Corporation in:
    • its acquisition of Zhuhai Guangdong China-based United Foodservice Equipment Group;
    • its acquisition of Standex International Corporation’s Cooking Solutions Group;
    • its acquisition of M-TEK Corporation; and
    • its acquisition of L2F Inc.;
  • TreeHouse Foods, Inc., in its cooperation agreement with activist investor JANA Partners LLC.

Mr. Edwards also helps provide training to junior associates at the firm.

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., Loyola University School of Law, Chicago, 2016 (summa cum laude)
  • B.S., University of Illinois, 2013

Admissions

  • Illinois

John P. Edwards