John Reiss

Partner, New York

Biography

“John Reiss has a unique ability to find solutions to complex problems, is excellent at thinking on his feet in the heat of battle and shows real leadership to bring parties together.”
Chambers Global 2016

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 2016, it was ranked #1 by deal value Globally, according to Mergermarket and Bloomberg's M&A League Tables. The US National and New York M&A practices were also ranked among the "Elite" law firms by Chambers USA 2016.

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 Anthem's US$54.2 billion acquisition of Cigna Corporation, and Fortis' US$11.3 billion acquisition of ITC Holdings.

A diverse range of US and international clients has benefited from John's experience. His clients, from a range of industries, include Anthem, Avast Software, DISH Network Corporation, Fortis, Hess, ICBC, Pilot Flying J, Regal Beloit, SSAB Svenskt Stål AB, Toyota Industries and Ahold NV; as well as a variety of Private Equity firms such as Cobepa, CVC Capital Partners, Dominus Capital, Harvest Partners, Quad-C Management Inc. and Roark Capital.

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, Bloomberg Radio 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)
Summa Cum Laude
Languages
English

Experience

Mobile Mini, 2020
John represented the Independent Directors of Mobile Mini, Inc. (NASDAQ: MINI) in its US$6.6 billion merger of equals with WillScot Corp. (NASDAQ: WSC).

Harvest Partners, 2020
John represented Harvest Partners on numerous acquisitions, including its investment in MRI Software, a leading provider of real estate management software solutions globally.

DIC Corporation, 2019
John represented DIC Corporation, a Japanese fine chemicals company, and its US subsidiary Sun Chemical Corporation, in its €1.15 billion acquisition of BASF's global pigments business, known as BASF Colors & Effects.

Pernod Ricard, 2019
John represented Pernod Ricard SA, the world's second largest producer of wines and spirits, in: (i) its acquisition of Firestone & Robertson Distilling, owner of the TX brand, a leading whiskey portfolio headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas; and (ii) its acquisition of a majority interest in Rabbit Hole Spirits, LLC, a U.S. premium bourbon brand based in Louisville, Kentucky.

SodaStream International Ltd., 2018
John represented SodaStream International Ltd. (NASDAQ/TLV: SODA) in its US$3.2 billion sale to PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP).

Roark Capital Group and Inspire Brands, 2018
John represented Roark Capital Group and Inspire Brands, Inc. in the US$2.3 billion acquisition of Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ: SONC).

Roark Capital Group and Inspire Brands, Inc., 2018
John represented Roark Capital Group and Inspire Brands, Inc., owner of the Arby's and Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant chains, on Inspire Brands' US$450 million repurchase of The Wendy's Company's (NASDAQ: WEN) remaining 12% ownership interest in Inspire Brands.

Roark Capital Group, 2018
John represented Roark Capital Group and its portfolio company Arby's Restaurant Group, in Arby's US$2.9 billion acquisition of Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BWLD), an established international owner, operator and franchisor of quick-service restaurants.

Seaspan Corporation, 2018
John represented Seaspan Corporation (NYSE: SSW), the world's largest independent containership owner-operator, in its acquisition of the remaining 89% of Greater China Intermodal Investments LLC it did not previously own from affiliates of The Carlyle Group and other minority owners at an implied enterprise value of US$1.6 billion.

Anthem, Inc., 2016
John is representing Anthem, Inc., one of the nation's largest health benefits companies, in its recently terminated US$54.2 billion agreement to acquire Cigna Corporation, a combination that garnered front-page coverage for over 2 years and involved extensive coordination of a White & Case team of cross-practice lawyers in M&A, antitrust, litigation and bank finance.

Fortis Inc., 2016
John advised Fortis Inc. (NYSE, TSX: FTS), Canada's largest publicly-owned distribution utility, on its 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 merger with IMS Health Holdings (NYSE:IMS), creating a company with a combined enterprise value of more than US$23 billion.

Speaking Engagements

"Why Global M&A in the Second Half May Be Disappointing": July 2017: Bloomberg TV, New York, (interviewee)

"Bloomberg Markets: Reiss Says China 'Big Time' Player in M&A", April 2017: Bloomberg Radio, New York, (interviewee)

"China Outbound M&A May Reach $275 Billion in a Decade", March 2017: Bloomberg TV, New York, (interviewee)

"Industry Consolidation and M&A Trends", October 2016: PIRA Executive Energy Conference, New York, (moderator)

"M&A Slowdown Not Related to Brexit", September 2016: Bloomberg TV, New York, (interviewee)

"M&A Activity to Pick Up Before End of Year", September 2016: Bloomberg TV, New York, (interviewee)

"Bloomberg Advantage: Reiss on CFIUS Impact on M&A", September 2016: Bloomberg Radio, New York, (interviewee)

"Bloomberg Advantage: Reiss on 'Overstated' Brexit Impact on M&A", July 2016: Bloomberg Radio, New York, (interviewee)

"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)

Awards and Recognition

Leading Individual for M&A and Private Equity in the United States, Euromoney's Banking Finance and Transactional Expert Guide, 2020

Leading Individual for M&A and Corporate Governance, Who's Who Legal, 2020

Leading Individual for M&A and Private Equity, Chambers Global, 2020

Leading Individual for M&A and Private Equity, Chambers USA, 2020