Jodi A. Simala

Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Financial Services M&A


Jodi Simala serves as co-lead of Mayer Brown's Strategic M&A practice. 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.


  • Represented Cummins Inc., a global power technology leader, in its acquisition of NYSE-listed Meritor, Inc., a global leader in drivetrain, mobility, braking, aftermarket and electric powertrain solutions, in a transaction valued at $3.7 billion.
  • Represented YUM! Brands, Inc. (KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut) in connection with various matters, including its acquisition of Nasdaq-listed Habit Restaurants, Inc., its acquisitions of technology companies in the ordering and AI consumer insights spaces, $10 billion spin-off of its China business, its commercial partnership with food delivery aggregator Grubhub and related $200 million investment and its global collaboration/development agreement with Beyond Meat.


  • Boston University, BA/MA, summa cum laude
    Phi Beta Kappa
  • Harvard Law School, JD, cum laude


  • Illinois