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

John A. Kupiec

John A. Kupiec
New York

The Grace Building
1114 Avenue of the Americas
32nd Floor
New York, NY 10036

start quote symbolWhat I enjoy about my job is developing a relationship of trust with my clients as they navigate strategically important transactions. Over time, I’ve become someone who clients engage when they need someone to dig in to a complex and “first of its kind” situation—but with a practical and friendly approach.end quote symbol
John A. Kupiec

John Kupiec advises public companies, REITs, hedge funds, and private equity firms on mergers and acquisitions and other corporate matters, including cross-border transactions. John’s practice is multidisciplinary, focusing on difficult and unique situations that require critical thinking and practical solutions.

John counsels both buyers and sellers on public and private acquisitions, unsolicited bids, divestitures, joint ventures, bankruptcy and distressed transactions, and other transactions spanning a variety of industry sectors. In addition, he represents financial sponsors on leveraged buyouts, growth equity investments, take-private transactions, platform investments, minority stakes, and portfolio companies.

John also advises clients on securities law, corporate governance, and shareholder activism defense. He has been named a “Rising Star” by New York Super Lawyers magazine from 2015 to 2019 and an IFLR 1000 Notable Practitioner in 2019 and recognized by the Legal 500 for U.S. M&A: Large Deals in 2019.

Experience Highlights

  • The Lion Electric Company, a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of all-electric medium and heavy-duty urban vehicles, in its $1.9 billion combination with Northern Genesis Acquisition Corp., a publicly traded ESG-focused special purpose acquisition company (SPAC)

  • Spartan Energy Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company sponsored by an affiliate of Apollo Global Management, in its business combination with Fisker Inc., a developer of eco-friendly electric vehicles

  • Tortoise Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, in the merger with Hyliion Inc., a developer and manufacturer of electrified powertrain solutions for Class 8 commercial vehicles that significantly reduce emissions

  • WPT Industrial REIT in its $730 million acquisition of a portfolio of 26 U.S. distribution and logistics properties and the sale to a syndicate of underwriters, on a bought deal basis, of 14,150,000 Subscription Receipts for approximately $234 million

  • 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

  • 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 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 

  • 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

  • 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.


  • Boston College Law School, J.D., summa cum laude (First in class; Editor in Chief, Boston College Law Review)
  • Dartmouth College, A.B.
  • 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), 2015-2019
  • Legal 500 U.S., M&A: Large Deals ($1bn+), 2019
  • IFLR1000, 2020
  • New York
  • Massachusetts