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John A. Kupiec

John A. Kupiec Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity

John’s principal areas of practice include mergers and acquisitions, securities law and corporate governance. He counsels clients in connection with public and private acquisitions and divestitures, corporate and securities law matters, as well as corporate governance and other general corporate matters. John has been named a "Rising Star" in New York Super Lawyers magazine from 2015-2018.

Experience Highlights

  • Nexstar Broadcasting Group in its $4.6 billion acquisition of Media General, ending a six-month public takeover battle during which Nexstar jumped Media General’s previously announced transaction with Meredith Corp.
  • Tenneco in its $5.4 billion cash and stock acquisition of Federal-Mogul from Icahn Enterprises 
  • Tronox Limited in its approximately $2.2 billion acquisition of Cristal’s titanium dioxide business in a cash-and-stock transaction (pending)
  • Micro Focus International in its $8.8 billion “Reverse Morris Trust” acquisition of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company’s software business
  • Abbott Laboratories in its $5.8 billion acquisition of Alere 
  • Tronox Limited in its $1.325 billion sale of its Alkali Chemicals business to Genesis Energy
  • Tribune Publishing (n/k/a tronc) in its defense of an unsolicited acquisition proposal from Gannett Co.
  • Building Materials Holding Corporation in its approximately $1.5 billion all-stock merger with Stock Building Supply 

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • tronc in its $500 million divestiture of the Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune and other California publications
  • Alerian in its sale to Aretex Capital Partners
  • Tronox Limited in its $1.64 billion acquisition of FMC Corporation's Alkali Chemicals business
  • IGATE Corporation in its $4.04 billion merger with Cap Gemini S.A.
  • Infineon Technologies in its $3 billion acquisition of International Rectifier Corporation
  • Eaton Corporation in its $11.8 billion acquisition of Cooper Industries plc
  • London Stock Exchange Group in its $2.7 billion acquisition of Frank Russell Company
  • Cogeco Communications and Atlantic Broadband in their $1.4 billion acquisition of MetroCast cable systems
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb in its up to $3 billion divestiture of its HIV pipeline to ViiV Healthcare
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb in its up to $475 million (including milestones) acquisition of F-star Alpha 
  • Nexstar Broadcasting in its acquisitions of Communications Corporation of America and of Grant Broadcasting
  • Evercore Partners in its purchase of a 45% interest in ABS Investment Management
  • Evercore Wealth Management in its acquisition of Mt. Eden Investment Advisors
  • Lazard, Morgan Stanley, Moelis and J.P. Morgan as financial advisors for multiple transactions, including Lazard as financial advisor to the special committee of SolarCity Corp. in its $2.6 billion merger with Tesla Motors

Private Equity

  • Sycamore Partners in its $6.9 billion acquisition of Staples
  • Starwood Capital Group and Mammoth Resorts in the sale of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area and three other ski resorts to affiliates of Aspen Skiing Company and KSL Capital Partners
  • KKR in its acquisition of Optiv
  • KKR in its acquisition of C.H.I. Overhead Doors
  • KKR in its $3.7 billion take-private acquisition of Gardner Denver
  • KKR in its acquisition of Avoca Capital
  • Blackstone Group in its $1.5 billion equity transaction with Edens Investment Trust
  • L Catterton in its $925 million take-private acquisition of Steiner Leisure Limited
  • TriZetto Corporation, a portfolio company of funds advised by Apax Partners, in its $2.7 billion sale to Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp.


Contact Details

New York

T +1.212.237.0033
F +1.917.849.5394
jkupiec@velaw.com
666 Fifth Avenue
26th Floor
New York, NY 10103
Local time: 12:48 PM
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John's Practices

  • Boston College Law School, J.D., summa cum laude (First in class; Editor in Chief, Boston College Law Review)
  • Dartmouth College, A.B.
  • Admitted to: New York, Massachusetts
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Loretta A. Preska, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Bruce M. Selya, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • Selected to the New York Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2015-2018