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Elizabeth Kitslaar

Elizabeth Kitslaar

Jones Day

Chicago, IL, USA


Libby Kitslaar has been the principal lawyer in a wide variety of U.S. and international M&A and corporate transactions, including complex acquisitions and divestitures, carve-outs, restructurings, public offerings, and joint ventures. In addition to her transactional work, Libby advises boards of directors, special committees, and investors on a broad range of corporate governance and compliance matters, including federal securities and listing requirements, executive compensation, fiduciary duty, takeover preparedness, and disclosure and trading policy.

Libby has been recognized as a leading lawyer by numerous industry publications, including Chambers USA, which describes her as an “outstanding negotiator” providing “practical commercial advice” and “easy to do business with.”  In both 2012 and 2015, BTI Consulting Group named her a “Client Service All Star” for providing outstanding client service.

Libby’s representative transactions include a wide variety of global and complex, cross-border acquisitions, including:

  • Norbert Dentressangle on its acquisition of Jacobson Companies for $750 million
  • Veolia Environnement on its sale of U.S. solid waste business to Star Atlantic Waste for $1.9 billion
  • Woodward Inc. on its acquisition of the hydraulic thrust reverse actuation systems business of GE Aviation Systems for $200 million
  • Abbott Laboratories on its $6.9 billion acquisition of BASF’s worldwide pharmaceutical business and its $2.8 billion cash tender offer for Advanced Medical Optics
  • Bridgestone Corporation on its $1.05 billion merger with Bandag
  • Duchossois Industries on its acquisition of Milestone AV Technologies and its $315 million cash tender offer to acquire AMX Corporation
  • Galileo International on its $3.2 billion merger with Cendant Corp.
  • JohnsonDiversey on its $2.6 billion recapitalization and on its $1.6 billion acquisition of Unilever’s worldwide institutional cleaning business
  • The Stanley Works on its $310 million acquisition of Best Access Systems.

Libby is a frequent author and lecturer on M&A, securities law, and corporate governance issues.

Speaking Engagements

Jones Day NITA: Advanced Negotiation/Mediation (June 2016)

PLI’s Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company (June 2016)

Jones Day Transactional Practice Boot Camp: Stock Purchase Agreements (May 2016)

PLI’s Drafting Securities Filings - Securities Law Issues in M&A Transactions, Chicago, IL (November 2015)

PLI’s Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company (May 2015)

PLI’s Drafting Securities Filings - Securities Law Issues in M&A Transactions, Chicago, IL (November 2014)

Fall 2014 Conference on Transaction Structuring – Chicago, IL (September 2014)

Successful Transactions - What In-House Counsel Expect From Their M&A & Antitrust Attorneys (June 2014)

Jones Day MCLE University - Chicago, IL

(May 2011, June 2012, June 2013, June 2014, June 2015; June 2016)

PLI’s Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company (May 2014)

34th Annual Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate and Securities Law Institute (May 2014)

PLI’s Drafting Securities Filings 2013 - Chicago, IL (November 2013)

PLI’s Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2013 - Chicago, IL (May 2013)

PLI’s Drafting Securities Filings 2012 - Chicago, IL
(November 2012)

PLI’s Mergers & Acquisitions 2012: What You Need To Know Now - Chicago, IL (September 2012)

Jones Day 2012 Northshore Wine Tasting & CLE - Chicago, IL (November 2012)

Elizabeth Kitslaar is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Duties and Benefits of Special Committees - Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2017, Monday, June 26, 2017
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