John advises publicly and closely-held corporate clients on securities and capital market issues; mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; and general corporate law. He also represents companies and individuals involved in Securities and Exchange Commission and stock exchange investigations and enforcement proceedings.
John’s experience includes representing issuers and underwriters of debt and equity securities in more than 100 underwritten public and Rule 144A offerings; negotiation of mergers, stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures involving private and public companies; counseling directors on fiduciary obligations in connection with proposed change of control transactions and disclosure obligations under the federal securities laws; and counseling investment bankers in connection with mergers and acquisitions, fairness opinions, financings and other engagements.
He has also represented targets of SEC, SRO and stock exchange investigations and enforcement proceedings, and has served as counsel to corporations and board committees conducting internal investigations involving allegations of misconduct.
John has experience representing clients ranging in size from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, and his practice has included representation of investment banks and other financial institutions, consumer products companies, multinational manufacturing businesses, software and technology companies, and domestic and international oil and gas exploration and coal mining companies. Representative clients include RPM International Inc., The J.M. Smucker Company, KeyCorp, Old National Bancorp, LNB Bancorp, National Bancshares, American Financial Group, Sandler O’Neill + Partners, TCP International Holdings, Mill Road Capital, Alcoa, and Western Reserve Partners. For a list of representative transactions, click here.
He has taught mergers and acquisitions law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and has been a guest lecturer at The Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. John also has served as chairman of the Securities Law Section of the Cleveland Bar Association, and as a member of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Budget Committee and Canisius College Board of Regents. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Western Reserve Historical Society.
John has been recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America for Corporate law, as well as one of America’s Leading Lawyers by Chambers USA. He is a frequent author and speaker on securities and corporate law topics. His articles have appeared in publications such as The Business Lawyer, Business Law Today, The Corporate Governance Advisor and Deal Lawyers. For a list of John’s publications, click here.
John began his tenure with Calfee in 1986, becoming a partner in 1996.