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Ivan J. Presant

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Ivan focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions and corporate transactions. He has particular experience with advising buyers, sellers, and investors in US and cross-border public and private business combinations, acquisitions, tender offers, and corporate control matters. His practice also encompasses joint venture and licensing transactions and recapitalizations. Ivan represents public and private companies in a variety of industries, including pharmaceuticals, retailers, food & beverage, financial services, fintech, and health care.

Prior to joining Mintz, Ivan was a partner in the New York office of an international law firm, where he handled complex business deals for multinational corporations and domestic companies. He has also served as a partner and an associate at several other global law firms.

Ivan is a frequent speaker on topics related to M&A transactions and proxy contest strategies.

Education

  • Northwestern University (JD)
  • Stanford University (BA)

Experience

Public Target M&A Transactions:

  • JMP (special committee of the board of directors) in its pending merger with Citizens Bank
  • Takeover bid and control-slate proxy contest for Columbia Property Trust
  • Bid to break up announced public merger in software sector in December 2020
  • Essar Global Fund Limited’s hostile/unsolicited tender offer for the unaffiliated public securities of Essar Energy PLC
  • Banco Santander, S.A. (special committee) in connection with a going private transaction of its public Brazilian subsidiary
  • John Hancock Financial Services, Inc. in its merger with Manulife Financial Corporation
  • Bankrate, Inc. management in connection with Apax Partners’ going private tender offer for Bankrate
  • RBC Capital Markets, LLC, as dealer manager to Corporate Office Properties L.P. in its issuer tender offer for all of its outstanding 4.25 percent exchangeable senior notes
  • Centrica plc, as acquirer, in tender offer for and asset purchase in bankruptcy of, The NewPower Company
  • Chambers Street Properties in connection with its $5.7 billion registered stock-for-stock merger of equals with Gramercy Property Trust
  • Bank of America in connection with its acquisition of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.
  • Hines Real Estate Investment Trust Inc. in its sale of $1.2 billion of publicly held REIT assets to The Blackstone Group
  • Chambers Street Properties in connection with the listing of the company’s common shares on the New York Stock Exchange and concurrent issuer tender offer
  • Special Committee of Corporate Property Associates 12 Incorporated a real estate investment trust, in connection with its asset sale to and merger with, Corporate Property Associates 14 Incorporated, an affiliated REIT, and WP Carey & Co. LLC
  • Barclays Capital as financial advisor to a NYSE listed company in connection with the company's takeover defense and the adoption of a shareholder rights plan
  • ZAIS Group 13e-3 going private transaction
  • Elliot Management in a proxy contest for NYSE listed target
  • Omnicare, Inc. in connection with its hostile/unsolicited tender offer for PharMerica Corporation
  • King Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in connection with its successful hostile/unsolicited tender offer for Alpharma Inc.
  • Natrol, Inc. in its acquisition via tender offer by Plethico Pharmaceuticals
  • The Walt Disney Company in connection with its stock and cash acquisition of Marvel Entertainment, Inc.
  • Illumina, Inc. in its acquisition of Avantome Inc.
  • Ivax Corporation in its merger with Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
  • SkyePharma plc in its acquisition by merger of DepoTech Corporation
  • Carter Wallace Inc. in asset sale to Church & Dwight and subsequent merger with Carlyle Group
  • The St. Joe Company in its spin-off of Florida East Coast Rail
  • Mitsubishi Corporation’s tender offer for Cermaq ASA
  • The Talbots, Inc. in connection with a three part merger, recapitalization and refinancing transaction involving GE Capital, BPW Acquisition Corp. and Aeon Co. Ltd
  • Elliot Management in a proxy contest for NYSE listed target.
  • Alimentation Couche-Tard, Inc. hostile/unsolicited tender offer for Casey’s General Stores, Inc.
  • The Talbots, Inc. hostile/unsolicited acquisition by Sycamore Partners
  • Luxottica Group S.p.A. in connection with its successful hostile/unsolicited tender offer for The United States Shoe Corporation

Unsolicited Takeovers and Contests for Corporate Control of Public Targets (certain matters also listed above):

  • Takeover bid and control-slate proxy contest for Columbia Property Trust
  • Bid to break up announced public merger in December 2020
  • Numerous public companies in connection with receipt of “bear hug” approaches, takeover defense, poison pills and governance matters (multiple representations in 2020 and 2021), including:
    • Omnicare Inc.; The Talbots Inc.; Allstate Corporation; Mentor Graphics,; Chambers Street Properties; King Pharmaceuticals; Campbell Soup Company; J.C. Penney (counsel to Barclays, J.C. Penney’s financial advisor) and Fisher Communications
  • Alimentation Couche-Tard, Inc. hostile/unsolicited tender offer for Casey’s General Stores, Inc.
  • Essar Global Fund Limited’s hostile/unsolicited tender offer for the unaffiliated public securities of Essar Energy PLC
  • The Talbots, Inc. on the adoption of a shareholder rights plan in response to a rapid share accumulation by Sycamore Partners.
  • The Talbots, Inc. hostile/unsolicited acquisition by Sycamore Partners
  • Omnicare, Inc. in connection with its hostile/unsolicited tender offer for PharMerica Corporation
  • Mentor Graphics Corp. in connection with its defense of Carl Icahn's proxy contest
  • Fisher Communications in connection with its defense of proxy contest by FrontFour
  • King Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in connection with its successful hostile/unsolicited tender offer for Alpharma Inc.
  • Elliot Management in a proxy contest for NYSE listed target
  • Barclays Capital as financial advisor to a NYSE listed company in connection with the company's takeover defense and the adoption of a shareholder rights plan
  • Luxottica Group S.p.A. in connection with its successful hostile/unsolicited tender offer for The United States Shoe Corporation

Private Equity and Other M&A Transactions:

  • International Data Group, Inc. in its pending acquisition by The Blackstone Group
  • RingLead Inc. In its acquisition by ZoomInfo Inc.
  • Mastercard Inc. in numerous M&A transactions including with Jumia Group, Syntizen Technologies and Grab Holdings
  • Tergus Pharma LLC in its acquisition by Great Point Partners
  • Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC in its transaction with Great Lakes Caring Home Health and Hospice
  • Hines Real Estate Investment Trust Inc. in its sale of $1.2 billion of publicly held REIT assets to The Blackstone Group
  • 55ip in connection with its acquisition by JP Morgan Asset Management
  • tZERO Group, Inc. (the global leader in block chain technology for capital markets, major subsidiary of Overstock.com) in numerous fintech matters
  • Hamilton Lane Advisors in multiple funds transactions
  • Société Générale S.A. in multiple funds transactions
  • Stirling Square Capital Partners in connection with its acquisition of a helicopter transport business from Synergy Group, as well as in numerous portfolio company matters.
  • Stirling Square Capital Partners in connection with business combination of US public company with Omni Helicopters International SA.
  • Imperial Wine & Spirits roll-up fund in connection with its roll-up acquisition of Margate Wines
  • The Talbots, Inc. hostile/unsolicited in its acquisition by Sycamore Partners
  • Omnicare, Inc. in its sale of its clinical research division to Nautic Partners LLC
  • FXM, Inc. as purchaser of a controlling interest in the Elvis Presley estate from Priscilla and Lisa-Marie Presley
  • The Ong family investment fund in connection with the sale of its 50% stake in Armani-Exchange to Giorgio Armani Group
  • Global Infrastructure Partners (NY and London based infrastructure asset fund) in connection with certain transactional matters
  • Trivest Partners in its acquisition of Twin Star International.
  • Atlas Holdings LLC in its acquisition of furniture business and associated lumber mills from Weyerhaeuser Company
  • Bankrate, Inc. management in connection with Apax Partners’ going private tender offer for Bankrate
  • Brundage, Story & Rose in its acquisition by Bessemer Trust Company, N.A.

News & Press

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The American Lawyer covered the addition of Ivan Presant to the firm’s Corporate Practice in New York, highlighting his broad experience in mergers and acquisitions, and the continued growth of the firm this year.