Jeffry A. Melnick advises national and multinational corporations in finance, securities, mergers, complex stock and asset acquisitions, dispositions, and cross-border commercial transactions. His clients span diverse industries, from high-tech to manufacturing to professional services, including extensive work in investment banking, advertising, and food and consumer products.
Jeff represents and counsels manufacturing and service clients in domestic and international business combinations, joint ventures, and corporate acquisitions and divestitures, particularly in Europe and South America. He has many years of experience in the exacting structure, strategic negotiation, and comprehensive documentation of these transactions, as well as the intricate financing they can entail – often involving the issuance of public and private debt, equity, and other institutional financing arrangements.
A veteran of several years’ experience in investment banking, Jeff is particularly adept in the areas of executive compensation, corporate governance, and federal and state securities compliance.
Among his professional honors, Jeff was named to Best Lawyers in America and Who’s Who Worldwide.
JD, 1971, Yale Law School
BA, 1968, Carleton College, cum laude
Attended University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC AFFILIATIONS
Illinois State Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
Jeff has been named to Best Lawyers in America and Who’s Who Worldwide. Jeff has been awarded an AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for ethical standards and legal ability. He was also named a Leading Lawyer, which consists of the top 5% of Illinois lawyers, as selected by his peers.
42nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance and Celebration Dinner
- Honorary Chair, 2010
Recent transactions in which Jeff has served as lead counsel include the following:
$260 million sale of leading manufacturer of plastic containers for the food industry
$35 million stock sale of a leading distributor of metal piping products
$28 million disposition, including spin-off of foreign subsidiary, of a consumer products company
Acquisition, including financing, for a leading installation and maintenance company in the HVAC industry
Multimillion-dollar joint ventures for an American family-owned food company in Brazil and Denmark