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Overview

Jenn serves all types of clients from start-ups, to closely held family businesses to multi-national public companies in a broad range of industries, including healthcare, energy, chemicals, construction, food services and consumer products.  

Jenn has worked on a variety of merger and acquisition transactions, representing both buyers and sellers, including numerous privately held companies and public companies such as the following:

  • American Greetings
  • Cardinal Health (NYSE: CAH)
  • Chart Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: GTLS)
  • Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. (NYSE: CLF)
  • Ferro Corporation (NYSE: FOE)
  • Independence Excavating, Inc.
  • The J. M. Smucker Company (NYSE: SJM)
  • The L.D. Kichler Co.
  • The Lincoln Electric Company (NASDAQ: LECO)

Serving as the firm's lead liaison to Lex Mundi, a leading network of 160 independent law firms and 21,000 attorneys worldwide positions Jenn well to provide global legal counsel to her international clients.

Jenn is a member of the 2018 Leadership Cleveland class. She was elected to join In Counsel With Women in 2018. 

She is active in firm management and serves on the firm’s Practice Planning & Growth Committee (formerly known as the Executive Committee) and is a member of the Calfee Women Lead affinity group.

She is a regular presenter at seminars and the author of numerous publications.

Prior to joining Calfee, Jennifer was an Associate with the Chicago law firm of Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP and then an Associate with the Des Moines firm of Nyemaster, Goode, Voigts, West, Hansell & O’Brien, P.C. She began her tenure with Calfee in 2001 and was elected Partner in 2007.

Honors & Recognitions

IFLR1000 – Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms, “Highly Regarded Attorney” in M&A, Capital Markets: Debt and Capital Markets: Equity, 2018-2019

IFLR1000 Elite Dealmaker, Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, 2018-2019

Chambers USA, Corporate/M&A

Ohio Super Lawyers, 2013-2019

Ohio Super Lawyers, Top 50: Women Ohio Super Lawyers, Top 25: Women Cleveland Super Lawyers, 2014-2015, 2017

Education

J.D., magna cum laude, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Order of the Coif, Richard A. Collier Award, Health Matrix: Journal of Law-Medicine Editor-in-Chief, 1997

B.A., cum laude, College of the Holy Cross, Phi Beta Kappa, 1994

Experience

Experience

Jennifer’s considerable expertise includes the following representative transactions and clients:

  • The J. M. Smucker Company (NYSE: SJM) and its affiliates in several acquisitions, including:
    • Purchase of Ainsworth Pet Nutrition Parent, LLC, maker of Rachel Ray Nutrish brand of pet food for $1.9 billion
    • Merger with a Sahale Snacks, a manufacturer of gourmet nut and fruit blends
    • Acquisition of Eagle Family Foods
  • The L.D. Kichler Co. (aka Kichler Lighting) and its affiliates in its sale to Masco Corporation of its lighting business for a purchase price of approximately $550 million.
  • Ferro Corporation (NYSE: FOE) in several acquisitions and divestiture transactions, including:
    • Acquisition of Delta Performance Products, LLC., a manufacturer and distributor of pool and aggregate quartz color pigments
    • Acquisition of Delta Performance Products, LLC., a manufacturer and distributor of pool and aggregate quartz color pigments
    • Merger with TherMark Holdings, Inc., a leader in laser marking technology
    • Its divestiture of its pharmaceutical business to PLI Holdings, Inc., an affiliate of MedOpportunity Partners, LLC, for consideration of a $16.9 million cash payment and an earn-out incentive payment of up to $8 million
    • Divestiture of U.S. and Chinese fine chemicals business to Novolyte Technologies LP, an affiliate of Arsenal Capital Management LP for approximately $60 million
    • Acquisition of certain assets related to the grinding and fabrication fluids business of Fluid Logic LLC, of Portland, Oregon for an undisclosed purchase price
  • Chart Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: GTLS) and its affiliates in numerous merger and acquisition transactions, including:
    • Acquisition of Thermax, Inc. and affiliates, leaders in manufacturing and distributing cryogenic fluid vaporizers utilized in industrial gas, petrochemical, and liquefied natural gas applications for an undisclosed purchase price
    • Its energy and chemicals segment’s sale to Stabilis Energy of liquefied natural gas (LNG) production facilities
    • Its biomedical segment’s acquisition of Sequal Technologies for an undisclosed purchase price
    • Its biomedical segment’s acquisition of Covidien Group S.A.R.L.’s (NYSE: COV) and
    • its affiliates’ oxygen therapy business, including the manufacturing, sales and service functions from more than 30 countries for an undisclosed purchase price
    • Its distribution and storage segment’s acquisition of Cryotech International, Inc.’s cryogenic injector business for an undisclosed purchase price
    • Its energy and chemicals segment’s acquisition of Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Cooler Service Company, Inc., a leading provider of air cooled heat exchangers into multiple markets including hydrocarbon, petrochemical and industrial gas processing for an undisclosed purchase price
  • American Greetings Corporation in several transactions, including:
    • Its divestiture of certain assets exclusively related to its Webshots business to Threefold Photos for an undisclosed purchase price
    • Sale of certain assets used in the manufacture and distribution of party goods to Amscan Holdings, Inc (Amscan) for a purchase price in excess of $24 million; the transaction also included various other agreements with Amscan and its affiliates, including a supply and distribution agreement and a licensing agreement; as a result of entering into the supply and distribution agreement, American Greetings also received a warrant to purchase approximately 2% of the common stock of AAH Holding Corporation, Amscan’s ultimate parent corporation
    • Disposition of certain assets used in the manufacture and distribution of its Gorant chocolate business for an undisclosed purchase price
    • Its disposition of assets related to the manufacture and distribution of its candle product lines to Lighthouse Candles, LLC for an undisclosed purchase price
  • The Lincoln Electric Company (NASDAQ: LECO) and its affiliates in several acquisitions, including the purchase of substantially all of the assets of two companies that were developers and manufacturers of welding training products
  • Courtland Partners, Ltd, a real estate investment advisory company in its sale to StepStone Group Real Estate LP for an undisclosed purchase price
  • Cardinal Health (NYSE: CAH) and its affiliates in several acquisitions, including:
    • Purchase of the stock of the developer and manufacturer of a coated anti-microbial adhesive on polyethylene materials
    • Purchase of substantially all of the assets of a supplier and distributor of pharmaceutical critical care and fractionated blood products
    • Purchase of a cyclotron facility in Wichita, Kansas

Professional & Community

Professional & Community

Leadership Cleveland Class of 2018

In Counsel With Women, Member 

The Achievement Centers for Cleveland, Executive Committee Member and Board Secretary

Padua Franciscan High School, Board Vice Chair

Presentations

Presentations

  • "How to Make the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act a Little Less Foreign to Your Company – From Due Diligence and Contracts to Codes and Training," Calfee's 20th Annual Litigation Seminar, September, 2019 
  • Executive Compensation – What are we Leaving on the Table” presented by Women’s Leadership Forum in February, 2018
  • Women’s Leadership Summit with client, the J.M. Smucker Company, in August, 2016
  • ACG - Great Lakes Women in Transaction Group and Jennifer spoke about success stories of Calfee and the Cleveland chapter of the Women in Transactions Group
  • “Acquiring Middle Market Companies - How We Did it” at the Center for Free Enterprise, September, 2016
  • “Women in Industry: A Progression Through Profession,” presented by the Society for Marketing Professional Services Northeast Ohio, April, 2014
  • “Managing an M&A Process,” Association of Corporate Counsel, Northeast Ohio Chapter, May, 2013
  • “Maximizing the Value of Your Business and Protecting Its Future Growth,” Female Entrepreneur Summit, April, 2012

Publications

Publications

  • Bio Body Co-author, “Changing the Course of M&A Practice One Case at a Time,” Mergers and Acquisitions Law 2015 - Top Lawyers on Trends and Key Strategies for the Upcoming Year, January 31, 2015
  • “The Delaware Supreme Court’s ‘ATP Tour’ Decision: Most Observers Overstating Potential Impact on Fee-Shifting Bylaws,” Bloomberg BNA Corporate Law & Accountability Report, August 8, 2014
  • “Are Privileged Communications Protected? Ramifications of the Great Hill Case,” Crain’s Cleveland Business, January 27, 2014
  • “Don’t Get Pinned Into a Corner: Legal Issues with Pinterest,” Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Bar Journal, January 2014
  • “May You Live in Interesting Times,” ACG The Pulse, March 2012
  • “Protection Against Fiduciary Claim in a Sale or Merger Transaction,” ABF Journal, “Risk Management Issue,” January-February 2012
  • “Recent Trends in Earnout Use: A Cautionary Note,” Deal Lawyers, May 2010
  • “Record Retention Policy Helps Insurers, Brokers Avoid Exposures, Assure Clients,” National Underwriter Property & Casualty, November 2009
  • “Sarbanes-Oxley Applicable to All,” Crain’s Cleveland Business, June 2006

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Jennifer possesses a great combination of M&A experience and a willingness to roll up her sleeves and take a very active role in the details of a transaction. She has a professional style that fits Ferro’s no-nonsense, hard-working culture. Jennifer gives Ferro very sound and succinct legal advice that is grounded in business reality – she provides us good solutions with well-developed ideas that are in touch with the deal market. Jennifer is always well-prepared and ready to make a significant contribution to a project.

Peter Thomas, CEO of Ferro Corporation

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