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Ariel Yehezkel

Partner
New York
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Overview
Honors
Experience
Thought Leadership

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, corporate governance, and general corporate matters.

Ariel advises private equity funds and companies in various sizes and types of transactions in many industries, including food and beverage and other consumer products, business services, manufacturing, technology and telecom, healthcare, construction and infrastructure, and mortgage.

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.

Honors

  • Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyout, Legal 500, 2014

Experience

Representative Matters

Consumer Products/Food and Beverage:

  • Represented a private equity fund in its $250 million acquisition of a casual dining restaurant chain
  • Represented a privately held skin care and cosmetics company in its $650 million recapitalization transaction with a private equity fund
  • Represented two private equity funds in their joint $200 million PIPE investment into an apparel and fashion public company
  • Represented a private equity fund in its growth investments into a healthy snack manufacturer
  • Represented a private equity fund in its $55 million acquisition of a casual dining restaurant chain
  • Represented an investment fund in its $800 million withdrawn sale of a food and beverage company to a large strategic buyer
  • Represented a private equity fund in its $570 million acquisition of a leading shoe and apparel company
  • Represented the manufacturer of a leading biotech product for the food and beverage industry to a large food and beverage multinational company
  • Represented a leading hotel chain in its sale of interest in a restaurant joint venture

Business Services:

  • Represented a private equity fund in the $250 million sale of a portfolio company in the business services space to a large technology company
  • Represented a private security company in multiple investment transactions by a private equity fund
  • Represented a private equity fund in its equity investment into an integrated global supply chain management solutions business
  • Represented a payroll services provider owned by a private equity fund in a pre-IPO reorganization and related transactions
  • 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

Healthcare:

  • 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 $1.4 billion take-private acquisition of a healthcare information technology services provider
  • Represented a healthcare supply company in its approximately $200 million sale to a strategic investor
  • Represented a private equity fund in its acquisition of the largest provider of subrogation and recovery services in the U.S.

Tech and Telecom:

  • 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 fund in its $571 million all cash going private acquisition of a financial services company
  • 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 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 a telecom company in the out-of-court restructuring of $1.3 billion of its outstanding senior and subordinated debt

Industrials and Manufacturing:

  • Represented a portfolio company of a private equity fund in its add-on acquisition of the manufacturer and importer of home improvement products
  • Represented a private equity fund in its acquisition of the owner and operator of auto body and collision repair centers in various states
  • Represented a private equity fund in the acquisition and subsequent disposition of a manufacturer and seller of recreational vehicles
  • Represented a private equity fund in its sale of a home safe manufacturer and seller to a publicly held conglomerate
  • Represented an international public company in the chemical space its $1 billion withdrawn acquisition of an international manufacturer and seller of pesticides

Mortgage:

  • Represented a private equity fund in a transaction with a strategic investor involving a mortgage originator and servicer
  • Represented a mortgage servicer and originator in the $200 million sale of substantially all of its assets to a competitor
  • Represented a privately held mortgage originator and servicer in its cash and stock sale to a public company

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