Jeff Bell is a partner in the firm's New York office, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and securities matters.
Mr. Bell's practice focuses on representing public and private acquirors and target companies in domestic and cross-border leveraged and strategic acquisitions, financings, and other investments. Mr. Bell also has significant experience advising clients in connection with contested transactions, securities law and exchange rule compliance, and corporate governance matters.
In addition to financial institutions, Mr. Bell counsels clients in a range of industries, with particular expertise in the technology, healthcare/life sciences, energy, real estate, and consumer product sectors.
Selected representations by Mr. Bell appear below. To view a more complete list see Matters.
- Kajima Corporation in its $1.1 billion sale of Industrial Developments International to Brookfield Property Partners.
- BMO as financial advisor to CNOOC in its $15.1 billion acquisition of NYSE- and TSE-listed Nexen Inc.
- The financial advisor to the special committee of Google in connection with the company’s dividend recapitalization to create a third class of (publicly-traded, non-voting) common stock.
- SoftBank in its negotiations with Alibaba and Yahoo relating to the disposition of Yahoo's interests in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan.
- Intel in its acquisitions of Fulcrum Microsystems, Switch++ and ConnectSoft.
- Coca-Cola Enterprises in its $12.3 billion business separation and split-off, the acquisition of CCE’s North American bottling operations by The Coca-Cola Company and the $822 million acquisition by CCE of TCCC’s Scandinavian bottling operations.
- Validus Re in its $1.7 billion hostile acquisition of IPC Holdings, involving proxy solicitations to reject the target’s favored transaction and to compel a contested scheme of arrangement under Bermuda law, and a concurrent exchange offer for the target’s shares.
- Online Resources Corporation in its proxy fight with fund shareholder Tennenbaum Capital Partners.
- The special committee of WebMD in the company’s $1.7 billion merger with its corporate parent HLTH.
- Centerplate in its acquisition by Kohlberg & Co., involving the separation of the company’s ASE- and TSE-listed Income Deposit Securities, which consisted of one share of common stock and one subordinated note.
- KKR in the co-investment by certain of its LPs in the $26 billion acquisition of First Data Corp.
- Forbes Media in its acquisitions of Investopedia, RealClearPolitics, Clipmarks and True/Slant, its divestitures of Investopedia and American Heritage, its investments in FlipGloss and Techonomy and its ongoing joint venture arrangements with Elevation Partners.
- Cerberus Capital Management in leading a consortium in the $17.4 billion acquisition of Albertsons supermarkets and in its acquisition of North American Bus Industries.