John Reiss | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice

John Reiss

Partner, New York

John Reiss “provides a remarkable level of leadership in tense situations,” and has “great intuition for deal dynamics.” He was lauded by one source as “the best lawyer I’ve ever worked with. He’s commercial, aggressive and smart.”

Chambers Global 2014

Overview

Global Head of White & Case's Mergers & Acquisitions Group, John has more than 30 years of experience representing parties in virtually all manner of M&A transactions in all industries.

The Global Mergers & Acquisitions Group includes more than 500 lawyers across all the Firm's offices. In the first half of 2016, it was ranked #1 by deal value in the US, Europe, Asia and Globally, according to Mergermarket's M&A League Tables. In 2016, Chambers ranked the US National and New York M&A Practice Band 1 (The Elite), and The Legal 500 ranked the practice as "2014 US M&A and Buyout Team of the Year."

John's practice focuses on complex, multijurisdictional transactions, some of which have set new market precedents, and many of which have been recognized with national and international awards. Such major deals include ICBC's acquisition of an 80 percent interest in The Bank of East Asia, Pilot Travel Centers LLC's acquisition of Flying J Inc.'s core travel plaza and truck stop businesses, and Toyota Industries Corporation's US$759 million acquisition of Cascade Corporation.

A diverse range of international clients has benefited from John's commercial experience. His clients, both public and private, from a range of industries, include Avast Software, Cobepa, CVC, DISH Network Corporation, Fortis, Hess, ICBC, Quad-C, Pilot Flying J, Regal Beloit, SSAB Svenskt Stål AB, Toyota Industries Corporation and Ahold NV.

John's leading contribution in the fields of M&A, Private Equity, and Corporate Governance is recognized by many highly respected professional publications, including Chambers, Euromoney and Legal 500. He has also appeared on a number of media outlets, including Bloomberg TV and CNBC.

Bars and Courts

  • New York State Bar

Education

  • JD, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • MBA, University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School of Finance and Commerce)
  • BS, University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School of Finance and Commerce)

Languages

  • English

Experience

Anthem, Inc., 2015

John is representing Anthem, Inc., one of the nation's largest health benefits companies, in its US$54.2 billion agreement to acquire Cigna Corporation, a combination that will create a premiere health benefits company with critical diversification and scale to lead the transformation of health care delivery for consumers.

Fortis Inc., 2016

John advised Fortis Inc. (TSX: FTS), Canada's largest publicly-owned distribution utility, in its pending US$11.3 billion acquisition of ITC Holdings Corp. (NYSE: ITC), an electric transmission company operating in the Great Lakes and Great Plains regions.

Quintiles, 2016

John advised Dr. Dennis Gillings, the founder and significant shareholder of Quintiles (NYSE:Q), in its pending merger with IMS Health Holdings (NYSE:IMS), creating a company with a combined enterprise value of more than US$23 billion.

Suzhou Dongshan Precision Manufacturing Co. Ltd., 2016

John advised Suzhou Dongshan Precision Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Suzhou, China), one of the largest suppliers of precision sheet metal components, in its pending US$610 million acquisition of Multi-Fineline Electronix, Inc. (NASDAQ: MFLX).

BlackRock and First Reserve, 2015

John worked as part of the team of the Firm's lawyers representing BlackRock and First Reserve in acquiring 45 percent interest in two natural gas pipelines in Mexico from PMI, a unit of state-owned oil and gas company Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX).

Regal Beloit Corporation, 2014

John represented Regal Beloit Corporation (NYSE: RBC), in its US$1.44 billion acquisition of the Power Transmissions Solutions business of Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE: EMR).

DISH Network Corporation, 2014

John represented DISH Network Corporation in its US$25.5 billion unsolicited proposal to acquire Sprint Nextel Corporation.

Avast Software, 2014

John represented Avast Software, one of the world's major players in the antivirus market, and a selling shareholder consortium on the sale of a significant minority stake to CVC Capital Partners.

Fortis Inc., 2013−2014

John represented Fortis Inc., in its US$4.3 billion acquisition of UNS Energy Corporation. John also represented Fortis in the US$1.5 billion acquisition of CH Energy Group Inc., a transaction which marked the initial entry by Fortis into the US-regulated electric and gas utility marketplace and was awarded Energy Deal of the Year by The M&A Advisor.

Ciner, 2015

John represented Ciner on two transactions, including the acquisition of a controlling interest in the OCI Wyoming soda ash business.

Quad-C Management, Inc., 2013−2016

John represents Quad-C Management, Inc. and its portfolio companies in a large number of deals that most recently includes: (i) the acquisitions of VMG Health, C.S.U. Operations, McKissock, L.P., and Worldwide Express; (ii) its merger-of-equals with WoundCo Holdings, Inc.; and (iii) the sales of Balboa Water Group, Technimark LLC and a controlling interest in Durcon Incorporated.

Hess Corporation, 2010−2014

John has represented Hess Corporation in numerous transactions over many years, including (i) the US$850 million disposition of its US East-Coast and St. Lucia terminal network to Buckeye Partners; (ii) the sale of interests in Bayonne Energy Center and Newark Energy Center; and (iii) the acquisition of American Oil & Gas.

Toyota Industries Corporation, 2013

John advised Toyota Industries Corporation on its US$759 million acquisition of Cascade Corporation (NYSE:CASC). This transaction was highly commended for the vertical merger antitrust aspects of the acquisition in the Financial Times US Innovative Lawyers 2013 report.

Harvest Partners, 2010−2016

John represents Harvest Partners and its portfolio companies in a large number of deals including: (i) the acquisitions of DCA, Valet Waste, VetCor; Athletico Physical Therapy, AxelaCare Health Solutions, Packers Holdings, LLC, Bartlett Holdings Inc., and IG Staffing Holdings, Inc.; (ii) the US$1.3 billion sale of Associated Materials, LLC as well as the sales of Document Technologies Holdings, LLC, Driven Brands and AxelaCare Health Solutions.

Athletico Physical Therapy, 2014

John represented Athletico Physical Therapy, a portfolio company of Harvest Partners, in its acquisition of Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers, creating one of the largest physical therapy providers in the Midwest with over 330 locations.

ICBC, 2012

John advised Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited ("ICBC"), the largest commercial bank in China, on the acquisition of an 80 percent interest in The Bank of East Asia (USA). The transaction, which was the first-ever acquisition of a US bank by a Chinese bank, was featured as one of the Most Innovative M&A Transactions in the United States by The Financial Times (2012). The transaction also received an M&A Deal of the Year Award from The M&A Advisor (2012) and Asian-MENA Counsel (2012), and was named Outbound M&A Deal of the Year by China Business Law Journal (2012).

Golfsmith, 2012

John advised Golfsmith International Holdings, Inc. in its sale to Golf Town USA Holdings Inc.

Pilot Travel Centers, 2010

John advised Pilot Travel Centers LLC, a portfolio company of private equity firm CVC Capital Partners, in its acquisition of Flying J Inc.'s core travel plaza and truck stop businesses. The acquisition, which combined the first and second largest travel plaza operators in the nation to create a new company called Pilot Flying J with a combined value in excess of US$5 billion, was featured as one of the Most Innovative M&A Transactions in the United States by The Financial Times (2010) and was named Deal of the Decade, Turnaround Deal of the Year (Large Market) and Divestiture Deal of the Year by The M&A Advisor (2011).

Speaking Engagements

"M&A in 2016: Higher Volumes, but Smaller Deals?", February 2016: Bloomberg TV,
New York
, (interviewee)

"Which Industries Will See Consolidation in 2015?", December 2014: Bloomberg TV,
New York
, (interviewee)

"Opportunities Abound: The Rise of US M&A China Merchants Bank", October 2014: New York Branch Conference on Cross Border M&A in the US,
Beijing
, (speaker)

"Trends and Opportunities for Co-Investments and Direct Investments", November 2013: 5th Annual Canadian Private Equity Summit,
Toronto
, (moderator)

Publications

  • The 2011 Outlook for Deals & Governance: Back to the Future, Deal Lawyers, November − December 2010, (co-author with Gregory Pryor and Colin Diamond)
  • US District Court Clarifies Insider Trading in SEC v. Mark Cuban, The M&A Lawyer, September 2009, (co-author with Colin Diamond)
  • Chapter on Important Tools in Distressed M&A Transactions, M&A Strategies for Bankruptcy and Distressed Companies - Leading Lawyers on Asset Valuation, Deal Structure, and Risk Management, January 2009, (co-author with Matthew J. Kautz, Thomas E. Lauria and Gerard H. Uzzi)

Awards & Recognition

Leading Individual for M&A and Private Equity, Chambers Global (2016)

Leading Individual for M&A and Private Equity, Chambers USA (2016)

Listed in Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2015)

Leading Individual for M&A and Private Equity in the United States–Euromoney's Banking Finance and Transactional Expert Guide (2015)

Selected for New York Super Lawyers–Metro Edition (2006 – 2015)