Jones Day

Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Draws on global resources to handle complex M&A, private equity and joint venture transactions. Operates at any level, from regional to international, and has a strong presence in sectors such as manufacturing, energy and technology. Clients include leading Southern companies as well as multinational giants. Also provides support of a wide range of corporate governance issues.

Strengths A client commends Jones Day's "tremendous international reach," explaining: "I can count on them to have somebody to help no matter where I am and whatever practice area I need help in."

Another source says: "The firm is extremely high quality and has a great team there."

Work highlights Advised Southern Company on the sale of several of its Florida assets, including Gulf Power Company and Florida City Gas, for an aggregate purchase price of $6.5 billion.

Notable practitioners

Bryan Davis
is a "very well-regarded M&A lawyer, who is smart, effective and handles substantial matters." He represents public and private companies in a wide range of corporate transactions. Clients regard him as a "skillful corporate lawyer and negotiator." One source says: "He is a great M&A lawyer who makes sure we get good service."

The "very impressive"
Lizanne Thomas
is renowned for her corporate governance work. Peers say she is a "first-rate lawyer" and "a leader in corporate governance." Clients commend her "penetratingly deep insight in how the rules and regulations for public companies are evolving."

William Rowland
is a "very capable M&A lawyer," according to market sources. His capabilities include cross-border corporate transactions.