John J. Jenkins

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Mergers & Acquisitions Attorney in Cleveland, OH

Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
1405 East Sixth Street
Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: 216-622-8507
Fax: 216-241-0816
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008
Licensed Since: 1986
Practice Areas: Mergers & Acquisitions (50%), Securities & Corporate Finance (30%), Business/Corporate (20%)
Attorney Profile

John Jenkins is a Partner with Calfee's Corporate and Finance practice group. He advises publicly and closely held corporate clients on securities and capital market issues; mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; and general corporate law. He also represents companies and individuals involved in Securities and Exchange Commission and stock exchange investigations and enforcement proceedings.

John’s experience includes representing issuers and underwriters of debt and equity securities in more than 100 underwritten public and Rule 144A offerings; negotiation of mergers, stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures involving private and public companies; counseling directors on fiduciary obligations in connection with proposed change of control transactions and disclosure obligations under the federal securities laws; and counseling investment bankers in connection with mergers and acquisitions, fairness opinions, financings and other engagements.

He has represented targets of SEC, SRO and stock exchange investigations and enforcement proceedings and has served as counsel to corporations and board committees conducting internal investigations involving allegations of misconduct.

John has experience representing clients ranging in size from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, and his practice has included representation of investment banks and other financial institutions, consumer products companies, multinational manufacturing businesses, software and technology companies and domestic and international oil and gas exploration and coal mining companies.

John is routinely recognized for his work in Corporate/M&A by Chambers USA. In 2020, Chambers USA researchers noted that John is "very well-regarded and has attained a great reputation for his corporate law practice. Clients describe him as 'very responsive, pragmatic and a technical expert.'"

In 2019, clients reported to Chambers USA that John has a "huge depth of knowledge, can answer anything and is smart and resourceful."

John has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© (2008-2021) for Corporate Law and Securities/Capital Markets Law. IFLR1000 ranked John as "Highly Regarded-Ohio" in the areas of Capital Markets: Debt and Capital Markets: Equity (2018-2020).

He has taught mergers and acquisitions law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and has been a guest lecturer at The Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University.

John also has served as chairman of the Securities Law Section of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, and as a member of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Budget Committee, the Canisius College Board of Regents and the Board of Directors of the Western Reserve Historical Society.

In addition to his position with the firm, John serves as a Senior Editor for TheCorporateCounsel.net and DealLawyers.com, and edits The Corporate Counsel and Deal Lawyers print newsletters. He is a frequent speaker on securities and corporate law topics. He is the author of several books, including The Practical M&A Treatise and The In-House Accelerator, and more than 50 articles, which have appeared in publications such as The Business LawyerBusiness Law TodayThe Corporate Governance Advisor, The Corporate Counsel and Deal Lawyers.

John began his tenure with Calfee in 1986 and was elected partner in 1996.

About John J. Jenkins

Admitted: 1986, Ohio

Professional Webpage: https://www.calfee.com/professionals-john-j-jenkins

Newsletters

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has created a myriad of problems for all businesses, but one that’s front and center for many public companies is the question of what to do about their upcoming annual shareholders’ meetings?, COVID-19: What Are the Options for Your Annual Meeting?
  • This First Alert updates employers on a new regulatory initiative to ease the burden of complying with employee eligibility verification procedures and also discusses an issue about which many employers have raised questions in recent weeks – the availability of exceptions to the Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification ("WARN") Act’s advance notice requirements for plant closings and mass layoffs., COVID-19: Recent Labor & Employment Law Developments

Transactions

  • Representation of Piper Sandler & Co. in connection with its role as sole underwriter of Park National Corporation’s $175 million subordinated note offering
  • Representation of The J.M. Smucker Company in connection with senior notes offerings yielding more than $1.5 billion in proceeds, a $1 billion commercial paper program, a $750 million senior note offering, and five shelf resale offerings aggregating approximately 35 million common shares
  • Representation of RPM International Inc. in nine debt offerings with proceeds exceeding $2.5 billion
  • Representation of Sandler O’Neill + Partners in connection with a $100 million debt offering by Old National Bancorp, a $19 million registered equity offering by United Bancorp Inc. and a $15 million registered equity offering by Farmers National Banc Corp.
  • Representation of The J.M. Smucker Company in its $3.5 billion acquisition of The Folgers Coffee Company
  • Representation of The J.M. Smucker Company as Ohio counsel in connection with its $5.8 billion acquisition of Big Heart Brands
  • Representation of LNB Bancorp in connection with its $180 million sale to Northwest Bancshares
  • Representation of National Bancshares in connection with its $75 million sale to Farmers National Banc Corp.
  • Representation of Alcoa as Ohio counsel in connection with its $1.5 billion acquisition of RTI International
  • Representation of Mill Road Capital as Ohio counsel in connection with its $215 million acquisition of R.G. Barry Corporation
  • Representation of American Financial Group as Ohio counsel in connection with its $660 million acquisition of National Interstate

Representative Clients

  • American Financial Group
  • The J.M. Smucker Company
  • KeyCorp
  • LNB Bancorp
  • National Bancshares
  • Nu Skin Enterprises
  • Old National Bancorp
  • Piper Sandler & Co.
  • RPM International Inc.
  • Western Reserve Partners

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Ohio
  • Securities Law Section of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Former Chairman

Educational Background

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1986
  • B.A., Canisius College, 1983

Honors/Awards

  • Corporate/M&A, Band 2, Chambers USA, 2020
  • , “Highly Regarded Attorney," Capital Markets: Debt and Capital Markets: Equity (2019-2020); Elite Dealmaker, Capital Markets: Debt and Capital Markets: Equity (2018), IFLR1000, 2020
  • Corporate Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, The Best Lawyers in America©, 2021

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Budget Committee, Member, 2021
  • Canisius College Board of Regents, Member, 2021
  • Western Reserve Historical Society, Board of Directors, 2021

Industry Groups

  • Banking
  • Energy And Utilities
  • Financial Services
  • Food And Beverage
  • Insurance
  • International
  • Manufacturing And Industrial
  • Public Companies
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Office Location for John J. Jenkins

1405 East Sixth Street
Cleveland, OH 44114

Last Updated: 2/18/2021

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