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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

Experience Highlights

  • TPG Growth and The Rise Fund in their majority investment in Greenhouse, a hiring software company

  • Spartan Acquisition Corp. II, a SPAC sponsored by funds managed by an affiliate of Apollo Global Management, in its $1.3 billion business combination with Sunlight Financial, a premier U.S. residential solar financing platform

  • 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 SPAC

  • Comscore, a trusted partner for planning, transacting and evaluating media across platforms, in its recapitalization involving investments from Charter Communications Holding Company, Qurate Retail and an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management

  • The Carlyle Group in a $374 million investment commitment to Amp Solar Group, a Canadian-based global renewable energy platform, to support its growth in core markets in North America, Japan, Australia, Spain and the UK

  • WPT Industrial REIT in its $730 million acquisition of a portfolio of 26 U.S. distribution and logistics properties

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Tribune Publishing in its defense of an unsolicited acquisition proposal from Gannett Co.

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

  • Direct Energy in its $300 million sale of Clockwork, a home services franchise platform, to Authority Brands

  • Tenneco in its $5.4 billion cash and stock acquisition of Federal-Mogul from Icahn Enterprises 

  • 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

  • Abbott Laboratories in its $5.8 billion acquisition of Alere 

  • 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

  • Tronox Limited in its $1.325 billion sale of its Alkali Chemicals business to Genesis Energy

  • Building Materials Holding Corporation in its approximately $1.5 billion all-stock merger with Stock Building Supply 

  • 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

  • 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

  • Starwood Energy Group Global in its acquisition of Third Coast Midstream’s Lavaca gas gathering system

  • 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.

Credentials

  • 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