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Jodi A. Simala

Jodi A. Simala

Mayer Brown LLP

Chicago, IL, USA

Jodi Simala is Co-Chair of Mayer Brown's M&A practice in the Americas. She represents sellers and buyers in connection with domestic and international stock and asset acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures, mergers, tender and exchange offers, consent solicitations, recapitalizations and reorganizations.

Jodi's general corporate and securities practice includes representation of issuers and selling securityholders in connection with public and private sales of debt and equity securities. She also counsels boards of directors and management regarding fiduciary duties, corporate governance and defensive measures, including stockholders' rights plans and other matters, and she advises public companies regarding SEC reporting, compliance and disclosure issues.

Jodi is recognized as a leading M&A lawyer in Chambers USA (2012-2017), was selected by Law360 as one of the “Top 10 Female Deal Makers” in M&A and is a member of the Executive Board for the Ray Garrett Corporate & Securities Law Institute.

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  • Represented Capital One in connection with various matters, including its agreement to acquire ING Direct, the sale of assets of Hibernia Insurance and its acquisition of InsLogic Corporation.
  • Represented Caesars Entertainment in connection with various matters, including its strategic alliance to develop a resort casino at Suffolk Downs in Boston, its joint venture to develop a casino in Baltimore and its agreement to acquire a gaming facility in Ohio.
  • Represented Allied Waste Industries, Inc. in its merger agreement with Republic Services, Inc., including the unsolicited offer by Waste Management, Inc. Represented Republic Services in connection with various subsequent matters, including its recent $850 million and $1.85 billion debt offerings.
  • Represented Macquarie Infrastructure Partners in its acquisition of NASDAQ-listed WCA Waste Corporation.
  • Represented Tenneco Inc. in connection with a variety of corporate transactional matters, including several acquisitions and divestitures, two global strategic alliances with other automotive parts manufacturers and joint ventures in China, Europe and India. Also represented Tenneco in various securities and financing transactions, including the refinancing of its $800 million senior credit facility and its issuance of $200 million common stock, $250 million of senior notes, $475 million senior secured notes and $500 million senior subordinated notes.
  • Represented Yum Brands!, Inc. (KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut) in connection with its divestitures of Long John Silver's and A&W restaurants. 
  • Boston University; BA/MA, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Harvard Law School, JD, cum laude
Jodi A. Simala is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Ethical Issues in Negotiating Transactions (July 20, 2017) - Hot Topics in Mergers & Acquisitions 2017, Monday, October 23, 2017
Ethical Issues in Negotiating Transactions (March 8, 2018) - Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2018, Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Ethical Issues in Negotiating Transactions (March 8, 2018) - Pocket MBA 2018: Finance for Lawyers and Other Professionals, Monday, October 01, 2018
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Drafting and Negotiating Corporate Agreements 2018
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Drafting and Negotiating Corporate Agreements 2019, Thursday, January 31, 2019, Chicago, IL
Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2019, Wednesday, June 05, 2019, Chicago, IL

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