Overview

Jodi Simala is Co-Chair of Mayer Brown's M&A practice in the Americas. She has over 25 years' experience representing sellers and buyers in connection with domestic and international stock and asset acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures, public and private mergers, tender and exchange offers, consent solicitations, recapitalizations and reorganizations technology licensing transactions and venture capital and private equity investments. She represents clients engaged in a wide range of industries, including gaming, hospitality and leisure, financial services, fintech, IoT, food and beverage and automotive.

Jodi's practice includes representation of issuers and selling securityholders in connection with public and private sales of debt and equity securities. She also counsels boards of directors and management regarding fiduciary duties, corporate governance and defensive measures, including stockholders' rights plans and other matters, and she advises public companies regarding SEC reporting, compliance and disclosure issues.

Jodi is recognized as a leading M&A lawyer in Chambers USA (2012-2019). Jodi was selected by Law360, a leading industry publication, as one of the "Top 10 Female DealMakers" in M&A. The honorees "have helped complete some of the biggest deals in the business and established themselves as leaders in their field," the publication said.

Spoken Languages

  • English

Experience

  • Represented Capital One in connection with various matters, including its agreement to acquire ING Direct, the acquisition of a national originator and servicer of commercial real estate loans and various fintech acquisitions.
  • Represented Caesars Entertainment in connection with various matters, including $1.7 billion acquisition of Centaur Holdings, LLC, its joint venture to develop a $1 billion integrated resort-casino in Korea, the sale-leaseback of the Octavius Tower and Harrah's Philadelphia real property and venture capital investments in various technology and other early stage companies. 
  • Represented Macquarie Infrastructure Partners in its acquisition of NASDAQ-listed WCA Waste Corporation.
  • Represented Yum Brands!, Inc. (KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut) in connection with various matters, including its $10 billion spin-off of its China business, its commercial partnership with food delivery aggregator Grubhub and related $200 million investment and its divestitures of Long John Silver's and A&W restaurants.
  • Represented Tenneco Inc. in connection with a variety of corporate transactional matters, including several acquisitions and divestitures, two global strategic alliances with other automotive parts manufacturers and joint ventures in China, Europe and India. Also represented Tenneco in various securities and financing transactions, including the refinancing of its $800 million senior credit facility and its issuance of $200 million common stock, $250 million of senior notes, $475 million senior secured notes and $500 million senior subordinated notes.
  • Represented Chemtura Corporation in various matters, including the sale of its Optical Monomers business with operations in the US, Italy, the Netherlands and France, its purchase of 46.5 percent of Baxenden Chemicals Limited and the sale of its Refined Products business, with operations in the US and Europe.
  • Represented Baxter Healthcare in connection with various matters, including the sale of its generic injectibles business and its acquisition of a minority interest in Sigma International, a manufacturer of pumps, and the related long-term supply agreement and option to acquire the balance of the company.
  • Represented Allied Waste Industries, Inc. in its merger agreement with Republic Services, Inc., including the unsolicited offer by Waste Management, Inc.
  • Represented the special committee of the Board of Directors of eLoyalty Corporation in connection with the investment by eLoyalty's two principal stockholders in Series B preferred stock of eLoyalty, and the related rights offering to all stockholders.

Education

Harvard Law School, JD, cum laude

Boston University, BA/MA, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • Illinois