Jon-Paul A. Bernard

Biography

Jon-Paul A. Bernard
Jon-Paul Bernard is a partner in Weil’s Mergers & Acquisitions practice and is based in the New York office. JP regularly advises clients on various aspects of domestic and cross-border acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, financings and restructuring transactions. He also has extensive corporate finance experience. JP’s practice is particularly focused on joint ventures and financial services M&A.

Selected Experience:

  • Qatar Airways Limited in its up to $613 million acquisition of up to a 10% equity stake in LATAM Airlines Group S.A.
  • General Electric Company in its strategic plan to sell most of GE Capital’s assets
  • General Electric Capital Corporation in its $32 billion sale of its global Commercial Distribution Finance, North American Vendor Finance and North American Corporate Finance platforms to Wells Fargo & Co.
  • General Electric Capital Corporation in its $6.9 billion sale of its United States, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand fleet businesses to Element Financial Corporation, and in the sale of its European fleet businesses to Arval Service Lease S.A.
  • General Electric Capital Corporation in the sale of its North American tank car rail assets and railcar repair business to Marmon Holdings, Inc.
  • General Electric Capital Corporation in the $499 million sale of its stake in Penske Truck Leasing Co. LP to Penske Automotive Group Inc.
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co. in its sale of approximately 50% of the portfolio companies held at the time by One Equity Partners (OEP), its principal private equity unit, and in the formation by OEP professionals of OEP Capital Advisors, L.P.
  • Alpek, S.A.B. de C.V. (a subsidiary of Alfa, S.A.B. de C.V.) in its acquisition of expandable polystyrene distribution channels in the Americas and expandable polystyrene production facilities in Argentina, Brazil and Chile from BASF SE
  • Lindsay Goldberg in its purchase, through a subsidiary, of 275,000 marine cargo containers from two funds controlled by Buss Global Container Management GmbH
  • Arca Continental, S. A. B. de C.V. in its acquisition of Wise Foods, Inc. from Palladium Equity Partners, LLC
  • CVC Capital Partners in its acquisition of majority control of Cunningham Lindsey Group Limited from Fairfax Financial Holdings and Stone Point Capital
  • IFM in its acquisition of an additional interest in the Duquesne Light Holdings power utility
  • General Electric Capital Corporation in the $2.51 billion sale of Business Property Lending, a commercial real estate lending business in the US, to EverBank
  • Alfa Corp. in connection with its pending acquisition of Wellman Holdings, Inc.
  • VF Corporation in connection with its acquisition of certain intellectual property rights and assets of Rock & Republic pursuant to a plan of reorganization
  • Alfa Corp. in connection with its acquisition of the PET and PTA businesses of Eastman Chemical Company
  • General Electric Capital Corporation in connection with the sale of its RV and marine finance business to Santander Consumer USA and Sovereign Bank
  • J.C. Flowers & Co. LLC in connection with the restructuring of its investment in HSH Nordbank AG, a German public bank
  • Arca Continental, S. A. B. de C.V. in connection with the establishment of a Central and South American beverage bottling joint venture with Ecuador Bottling Company
  • General Electric Company and GE Capital in their global business partnership (including an $8 billion global financial services joint venture headquartered in Abu Dhabi) with Mubadala Development Company PJSC
  • GE Capital in connection with the restructuring of GE SeaCo SRL, a joint venture established with SeaCo Ltd.
  • General Electric Company in the sale of its Times Microwave Businesses in the U.S. and China
  • A bank group lead by Credit Suisse in a successful credit bid for Questex Media Group, Inc. pursuant to Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code
  • GE Capital in connection with the acquisition of Merrill Lynch Capital from Merrill Lynch & Co.
  • GE Capital in connection with the acquisition of the U.S. and Canadian businesses of CitiCapital from Citigroup
  • General Electric Company in the multi-jurisdictional restructuring and divestiture of its GE Plastics business
  • GE Capital in connection with its proposed joint acquisition, with Blackstone, of PHH Corporation
  • Houghton Mifflin Company in the sale of its college publishing business
  • CCMP in connection with its acquisition of Generac Power Systems
  • GE Capital in connection with the acquisition of Antares Capital Corporation
  • GE Capital in connection with its acquisition of IOS Capital LLC and the establishment of a vendor financing program with IKON Office Solutions, Inc.
  • GE Capital in its joint venture with Xerox Corporation for the origination and servicing of Xerox's U.S. equipment loan, lease and trade accounts receivable assets

JP graduated from Colgate University with a B.A. in 1993 and received his J.D., magna cum laude, from St. John’s University School of Law in 1998. He is a member of the State Bar of New York, and member of the American Bar Association.

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