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Jeffrey D Marell

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison
New York, NY, USA

A partner in the Corporate Department, Jeff is the co-head of the firm’s North American Mergers and Acquisitions Practice and a member of its Private Equity Group. Jeff is a nationally recognized transactional lawyer who focuses on a range of corporate matters. He has extensive experience representing strategic, private equity and hedge fund clients in the full spectrum of public and private merger and acquisition transactions, including negotiated and contested acquisitions and divestitures, minority investments and carve-out transactions. Jeff’s public company experience also includes numerous proxy contests and special committee assignments.

Jeff’s public company representations include:

  • Simon Property Group, Inc. in its joint venture focused on credit tenant, net-leased and multi-tenanted retail buildings with Hudson's Bay Company;
  • Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. in its $1.4 billion acquisition of the Hardware & Home Improvement Group of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.; and in the separate acquisitions of Tell Manufacturing, Inc. and Procter & Gamble’s European pet food business;
  • Ericsson in its acquisition of Nortel Networks’s CDMA and LTE businesses for $1.13 billion; and in its separate acquisitions of Apcera, Inc., Azuki Systems, Inc., MetraTech and Ambient Corp.;
  • Great Wolf Resorts, Inc. in its sale to an affiliate of Apollo Global Management, LLC for approximately $798 million;
  • The Special Committee of Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. in a merger between Winn-Dixie and BI-LO LLC valued at approximately $560 million;
  • Wendy’s/Arby’s Group’s sale of its Arby’s Restaurant Group to Roark Capital;
  • ITC Deltacom’s sale to EarthLink valued at approximately $516 million;
  • AMN Healthcare Services, Inc.’s $220 million acquisition of Medfinders;
  • Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma Co. Ltd.’s $2.6 billion acquisition of Sepracor Inc.; and
  • Triarc Companies, Inc.’s $2.34 billion acquisition of Wendy’s International.

Jeff’s private equity and private company assignment representations include:

  • Pabst Brewing Company in its sale to a consortium comprised of Oasis Beverages and TSG Consumer Partners;
  • Platinum Energy Solutions, Inc. in the sale of its Texas-based pressure pumping assets to Patterson-UTI Energy Inc.;
  • Dominion Homes in the sale of its real estate portfolio and related assets to PulteGroup, Inc.;
  • The Carlyle Group in its investment in Bonotel Exclusive Travel, a luxury inbound tour operator; and
  • The buyer group in its acquisition of the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League.

Jeff’s work has earned him recognition as a leading M&A lawyer in the United States by Chambers and The Legal 500. He was featured in April 2011 on This Week in the Boardroom discussing “love letter” takeovers and has also participated in numerous M&A and private equity conferences as well as CLE courses. Additionally, Jeff has co-authored two articles published in The Deal magazine titled “The Fine Print” and “In Search of Certainty: New, Limited Optionality in M&A Deals.”


- Corporate
- Investment Management
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Private Equity Transactions


- J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 1993 High Honors
B.A., Colgate University, 1990  cum laude


- Chambers
The Legal 500



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