Jackie Cohen


Jackie L. Cohen

Jackie Cohen is a partner in Weil’s Mergers & Acquisitions practice and is based in New York. Ms. Cohen regularly represents public and private companies in connection with complex cross-border transactions.

Additionally, Ms. Cohen advises on a broad range of corporate and securities matters, including corporate governance, disclosure issues and integration matters as well as defensive measures and takeover tactics.

Recent Experience

  • Fortress Value Acquisition Corp., a SPAC sponsored by Fortress Investment Group, in its pending acquisition of Secure Natural Resources and MP Materials in a stock-for-stock transaction that values the combined company at $1.5 billion
  • Mudrick Capital Acquisition Corporation, a SPAC sponsored by Mudrick Capital, in its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Hycroft Mining Corporation, with an initial enterprise value of approximately $537 million
  • Total S.A. in its $4 billion acquisition of all of the oil and natural gas assets, liabilities, businesses and operations of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in Mozambique and South Africa 
  • Campbell Soup Company in its $2.2 billion sale of Campbell International, Inc. and in its $300 million sale of Kelsen Group A/S
  • GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc. in its up to $740 million sale of Avera Semiconductor LLC and its $430 million sale of a semiconductor fabrication plant to ON Semiconductor Corporation
  • Willis Towers Watson PLC in its $1.3 billion acquisition of TRANZACT
  • Atos S.E. in its $3.57 billion acquisition of Syntel, Inc.
  • Avista Healthcare Public Acquisition Corp. in its acquisition of Organogenesis Inc. and its proposed merger with Envigo International Holdings, Inc.
  • Doncasters Group Limited in its $440 million sale of Nelson Fasteners Systems
  • General Electric Company in its $2.6 billion sale of GE Industrial Solutions
  • Discovery, Inc. in its joint venture with Magnolia, the home and lifestyle brand led by Chip and Joanna Gaines
  • Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board in, together with Apollo Global Management, the acquisition of a controlling interest in CareerBuilder, LLC
  • York Capital Management, Valinor Management and Halcyon Capital Management, principal equity owners of NextDecade, LLC, in the $1 billion reverse merger of NextDecade with SPAC Harmony Merger Corp.
  • HNA Group Co. Ltd. in its $6.5 billion acquisition of a 25% stake in Hilton Inc., Park Hotels & Resorts Inc. and Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. (collectively, f/k/a Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.) from affiliates of The Blackstone Group
  • The Kroger Company in its strategic partnership with, and investment in, Lucky’s Market
  • IHS Inc. in its $13 billion merger of equals with Markit Limited
  • General Electric Company and Synchrony Financial in connection with the separation and initial public offering of Synchrony Financial (GE Capital’s North American retail finance business) and in GE’s $20.4 billion offer to exchange Synchrony common stock for GE common stock, completing the separation of Synchrony from GE
  • Brookfield Asset Management Inc. in its approximately $855 million acquisition of GrafTech International Ltd.
  • Atos S.E. in its $1.1 billion acquisition of the information technology outsourcing business of Xerox Corporation
  • Sanofi in connection with its $20.1 billion acquisition of U.S. biotechnology firm Genzyme Corp.
  • NBC Universal and parent General Electric in GE’s $37.25 billion joint venture with Comcast for ownership of NBC Universal and Comcast’s cable channels and regional sports networks and, thereafter, GE in the $18.1 billion sale of its remaining 49 percent stake in NBCUniversal and related real estate to Comcast
  • DIRECTV in its $28.5 billion stock-for-stock merger with Liberty Entertainment

Ms. Cohen is recognized as an expert in Corporate/M&A by Expert Guides’ 2020 “Women in Business Law” and was shortlisted in the “Best in Mergers & Acquisitions” category for Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Women in Business Law Awards for 2020. She is recognized as a “Highly Regarded” lawyer for M&A in the U.S. by IFLR1000 and is also recommended for M&A by Legal 500 US, where clients note she is “‘the deal maker’ ‘calm and discreet but energetic and pragmatic.’” She is also recommended for Media and Entertainment: Transactional by Legal 500 US. She was selected as one of The M&A Advisor’s 2012 “40 Under 40” honorees, an award that recognizes attorneys under the age of 40 for their accomplishments and expertise in the M&A field. Ms. Cohen is a member of the Board of Directors of the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Metro New York.

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