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Jon A. Ballis

Jon A. Ballis

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Chicago, IL, USA

Jon Ballis focuses his practice on leveraged buyouts of private and public companies, strategic mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, and venture capital and PIPE investments, with emphasis on corporate, structuring and tax aspects. Jon has handled matters on behalf of Bain Capital, The Blackstone Group, Centerbridge, Citadel Investment Group, Madison Dearborn Partners, The Pritzker Group, and THL Partners.

Jon is member of the Firm's Finance Committee, as well as the office's Hiring Partner.

Representative Matters

Archipelago in formation of electronic trading joint venture with Goldman Sachs and E*Trade (which subsequently acquired the New York Stock Exchange) Bain Capital in numerous transactions, including:
    leveraged buy-out of NXP Semiconductors from Philips Electronics
    leveraged buy-out of Air Medical Group
    leveraged buy-out of Physio Control from Medtronic
    leveraged buy-out of Guitar Center
    sale of FCI Burndy to Hubbell
    restructurings of M/C Communications and Contec

Blackstone in leveraged buy-out of Vistar

BWAY Corporation in leveraged buy-out by Kelso

Centerbridge in numerous transactions, including:
    acquisition and restructuring of Aquilex
    acquisition and restructuring of Reddy Ice
    sale of Specialty Repair and Overhaul to AZZ Incorporated

Citadel Investment Group in formation of credit default swap clearing platform with Chicago Mercantile Exchange

Clear Channel Communications in numerous financings

Special Committee of FTD.com in squeeze-out merger by FTD Corporation

Heinz Corporation in acquisition of Anchor Foods

Madison Dearborn in numerous transactions, including:
    sale of Milnot to Hero AG
    investment in EVO Payments

The Pritzker Group in numerous transactions, including:
    leveraged buy-out of Intersystems
    leveraged buy-out of Peco Pallets
    leveraged buy-out of Clinical Innovations
    leveraged buy-out of Carter-Waters
    leveraged buy-out of Impact Products
    leveraged buy-out of Signicast Corporation
    more than 20 growth equity investments

Thorne family in acquisition of AirCell (operator of Go-Go in-flight internet broadband service)

Youbet in merger with Churchill Downs


Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1994
Lehigh University, B.A., High Honors, 1991
Soviet Studies Major
Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Eta Sigma


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