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Ariel Yehezkel

Partner
New York
T: 212.634.3064
F: 212.655.1715

Education

  • J.S.D., University of Illinois College of Law
  • LL.M., University of Michigan Law School
  • LL.B., Sha'arei Mishpat College of Law, magna cum laude
  • New York
  • Israel
Overview
Honors
Experience
Publications & News

Ariel Yehezkel is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group in the firm's New York office. He is the Co-Team Leader of the firm's Private Equity team. 

Areas of Practice

Ariel concentrates his practice on private equity transactions and domestic and cross border mergers and acquisitions.  Ariel is a trusted hands-on adviser to private and public companies and private equity funds and their portfolio companies on a full range of corporate transactions and matters, including leveraged buyouts, growth capital and minority investments, financing, joint ventures, equity arrangements, restructuring, reorganizations, corporate governance, and general corporate matters.  

Ariel advised private equity funds and companies in various sizes and types of transactions in different industries, including consumer products, food and beverage, mortgage, business services, manufacturing, technology and telecom, healthcare, construction and infrastructure.  Notable transactions that Ariel advised on include RLH Equity Partners' sale of Blue Wolf Group to IBM, Bain Capital’s investment in Sundial Brands, WestStar Mortgage’s sale to The J.G. Wentworth Company, Apax Partners’ acquisition of Cole Haan, and Professional Hospital Supply in its sale to Medline Industries.

Ariel is also Team Leader of the firm’s Israel Practice and has extensive experience with legal and business issues involving Israel.

Prior Experience

Kirkland & Ellis LLP, partner.

  • Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyout, Legal 500, 2014

Representative Matters

  • Represented a private equity fund in the $250 million sale of a portfolio company to a strategic investor
  • Represented a privately held company in its $650 million recapitalization transaction with a private equity fund
  • Represented a private equity fund in a transaction with a strategic investor involving a portfolio company in the mortgage industry
  • Represented a privately held mortgage originator and servicer in its sale to a public company
  • Represented a privately held security company in a growth capital investment transaction with a private equity fund
  • Represented a privately held company in the healthcare supply industry in its approximately $200 million sale to a strategic investor
  • Represented a portfolio company of a private equity fund in an add-on acquisition of a competitor
  • Represented a private equity investor in its investment in a consumer products company
  • Represented a portfolio company of a private equity fund in its add-on acquisition of a manufacturing business
  • Represented a private equity fund in its $570 million acquisition of a leading consumer product company 
  • Represented a private equity fund in its $1.1 billion acquisition of a software company
  • Represented a private equity fund in its approximately $2 billion simultaneous acquisition and take-private of two software companies
  • Represented a private equity funs in its $1.4 billion take-private acquisition of a software company in the healthcare space
  • Represented a private equity fund in its $571 million all cash going private acquisition of a financial services company
  • Represented a private equity fund in its acquisition of the largest provider of subrogation and recovery services in the U.S.
  • Represented a private equity fund in its acquisition of a business services company providing services to ambulatory surgery centers
  • Represented a private equity fund in its approximately $550 million acquisition of a leading provider of data, information services and workflow solutions to the automotive service and repair industry
  • Represented a private equity fund in its equity investment into an integrated global supply chain management solutions business
  • Represented a private equity fund in the reorganization and pre-IPO reorganization of its portfolio company in the payroll software space
  • Represented a private equity fund in its acquisition of auto body and collision repair centers
  • Represented a public company in its acquisition of a software business
  • Represented a public company in its acquisition of a network security provider from a group of VC funds
  • Represented a public company in its acquisition of a digital content monitoring solutions provider
  • Represented a public company in its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of a technology company
  • Represented an Israeli-based public company in its $1 billion withdrawn acquisition of a U.S. competitor
  • Represented a private equity fund in its growth investment into a healthy snack business
  • Represented a private equity fund in its sale of a safe manufacturer to a public company
  • Represented a private equity company in its acquisition and later sale of an RV manufacturer and distributer to a public company
  • Represented a leading hotel chain in its sale of interest in a restaurant joint venture
  • Represented a private equity fund in its $250 million acquisition of a casual dining restaurant chain
  • Represented two private equity funds in their joint $200 million PIPE investment into a public company in the fashion industry
  • Represented a telecom company in the out-of-court restructuring of $1.3 billion of its outstanding senior and subordinated debt
  • Represented a leading financial services provider in the out-of-court restructuring of $565 million of its outstanding debt
  • Represented a public company in responding to activist stockholders' corporate governance proposals

Articles

Corporate & Securities Law Blog Posts

Government Contracts, Investigations, and International Trade Blog

Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “M&A Transactions with a Private Equity Fund: What the Target Company Needs to Know,” FurtherEd/Lawline Webinar, February 19, 2015
  • Speaker, "Legal and Business Developments in Israel," DePaul University College of Law, December 4, 2013

Events