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Michael J. Jones

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Biography

Mike Jones specializes in mergers and acquisitions and is co-chair of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group. He has successfully completed over 100 transactions involving billions of dollars in various industries, including manufacturing, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, automotive, energy, technology, software and furniture.
 
On every transaction, Mike takes time to learn the client's business and understand its motivation and goals. This allows him to know the deal points that truly matter to the client, which results in a more efficient, less-costly transaction and a win-win negotiation strategy.
 
He realizes the importance of M&A transactions to his clients and knows that "time kills" deals. Accordingly, he is extremely responsive throughout the transaction process, proactive in identifying potential issues and solving those issues with creative solutions.  
 
Click here for an example of testimonials from clients that Mike has been privileged to work with.

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Education

  • Wayne State University Law School J.D. 2004 magna cum laude
  • University of Michigan B.A. 2001

Admitted

  • 2005, Michigan

Bar Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association

Experience

  • CCL Industries Inc. (TSX) in its $532 million acquisition of Checkpoint Systems Inc. (NYSE) through a reverse subsidiary merger
  • CCL Industries Inc. (TSX) in its $500 million acquisition of Avery Dennison Corporation's (NYSE) Office and Consumer Products and Designed and Engineered Solution Businesses through stock and asset purchases in 23 countries (this transaction won Canadian Dealmakers deal of the year award)
  • Action Fabricators, Inc. and Laminim Medical Products, Inc., in its 2016 sale to a private equity affiliate of River Associates Investments, LLC
  • Stryker Corporation's (NYSE) Instruments Division in its acquisition of assets used to produce the Sonopet Ultrasonic Aspirator control consoles, hand pieces and accessories from Mutoh Co., Ltd. (a Japanese corporation) and Synergetics USA, Inc. (Nasdaq)
  • Consumers Energy Company in its pending acquisition of an electric generating facility from an affiliate of JP Morgan
  • Xcentric Mold & Engineering in its sale to an affiliate of the Riverside Company, a private equity company
  • Lambert, Edwards & Associates' acquisition of Sterling Corp. (finalist for MBiz/Association for Corporate Growth Best Small Company Deal of the Year)
  • Elan Pharma International Ltd., an affiliate of Perrigo Company (NYSE) in its purchase of Women's Health-Care assets from Lumara Health Inc.
  • Modustri LLC in its strategic alliance with Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE) (winner of MBiz/Association for Corporate Growth Best Growth Capital Deal of the Year)
  • Forward Space, LLC in its two acquisitions of Steelcase office furniture dealers in Chicago, Illinois
  • Elan Pharma International Ltd., an affiliate of Perrigo Company, in its acquisition of certain products from Impax Laboratories
  • Stryker Corporation (NYSE) in its purchase of Membership Units of Instrumedics, L.L.C. from Odyssey ML Holdings, Inc.
  • EJ Canada, ULC in its purchase of a access solutions distribution business from Mueller Canada, Ltd.
  • CCL Industries Corporation in its purchase of equity of PC/Nametag, Inc. and Meetings Direct, LLC
  • Stryker Ireland Limited's purchase of certain intellectual property assets from aap Biomaterials GmbH
  • EJ Group, Inc. and East Jordan Iron Works, Inc., one of the world's largest municipal castings companies, in its corporate reorganization and several acquisitions
  • Monarch Hydraulics, Inc. in the sale of assets and real estate to Lake Acquisition Corp., an affiliate of a Swiss publicly traded company
  • CCL Label, Inc. in its acquisition of Sancoa International Co., LP and TubeDec, LLC
  • Howmedica Osteonics Corp., an affiliate of Stryker Corporation (NYSE) in its acquisition of Marshall Steele & Associates, LLC, a health care consulting firm based in Chicago, Illinois
  • Perrigo Company (Nasdaq), in its acquisition of CanAm Care, LLC, a diabetes care company
  • Hadley Products Corporation, in its acquisitions and divestitures of automotive industry businesses
  • Stryker Corporation's (NYSE) Medical Division in its acquisition of Gaymar Industries from Nautic Partners, a private equity firm
  • Perrigo Company (Nasdaq) in its acquisition of the Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for clindamycin phosphate and benzoyl peroxide gel from KV Pharmaceutical
  • Van Andel Research Institute in its affiliation with the Translational Genomics Research Institute
  • Advance Packaging Corporation in its joint venture with Action Packaging, LLC and Safeway Packaging, Inc.
  • REDV Family Limited Partnership in various venture capital investments, including its investment in Energetx Holdings, Inc., Next Step Living, Electratherm, Inc. and Zipments Corp.
  • Stryker Corporation's (NYSE) Medical Division in its acquisition of Paramed Corporation through a reverse triangular merger
  • Louis Padnos Iron and Metal Company in its purchase of assets and real property from Franklin & Son, Inc.
  • Howmedica Osteonics Corp., an affiliate of Stryker Corporation (NYSE), in its acquisition of Ross Creek Medical, Inc. through a reverse triangular merger
  • Perrigo Company (Nasdaq) in its purchase of stock from Cardinal-Unico Holding Company, an affiliate of Cardinal Growth, a private equity company
  • Center for Molecular Medicine in its sale of assets to Sequenom, Inc. (Nasdaq)
  • East Jordan Iron Works in its purchase of assets from LeBaron Foundry
  • Kayak Holdings, LLC in its purchase of Ranir, LLC from an affiliate of the private equity company, Linden LLC
  • Kent Foundry in its sale of stock to Amerector, Inc.
  • Perrigo Company (Nasdaq) in its purchase of stock from Qualis, Inc.
  • Stryker Corporation's (NYSE) Medical Division in its acquisition of Air Movement Technologies, Inc.
  • Perrigo Company (Nasdaq) in its $200 million private placement of senior notes to institutional investors
  • American Litho, Inc., in the sale of stock and real estate to Konica Minolta Graphic Imaging U.S.A., Inc.
  • Corporate and securities work for publicly held companies, including Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (NYSE)
  • Gill Industries, Inc. in its acquisition of a factory located in Mexico City from Johnson Controls, Inc. 
  • DSM N.V. in the sale of its pharma chemical subsidiary to Albemarle Corporation (NYSE)
  • SMS Management Group, Inc. in its merger with Novatec, Inc.
  • Represented buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions in the software, medical device, pharmaceutical, automotive, biotech, manufacturing and foundry industries
  • Advise both NYSE and NASDAQ companies regarding Exchange Act compliance
  • Draft and negotiate a wide variety of commercial contracts, including supply agreements, distribution agreements and licensing arrangements

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law, 2019
  • Named a “Leader in the Field” for Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions Law in Michigan by Chambers USA, 2017-Present
  • 2016 Winner of Dealmaker of the Year awarded by MiBiz and Association for Corporate Growth (ACG)
  • Named as a Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2008, 2010-Present
  • Order of the Coif
  • Senior Articles Editor, The Wayne Law Review

News

Leadership

Community Affiliations

  • East Grand Rapids Library
    Board of Directors (2009-12)

Speaking Engagements

  • M&A Roundtable, presented in multiple locations - Southfield, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Midland, March, 22, 2016
  • M&A Market Update, Saginaw, Michigan, April 28, 2015
  • Presentation on "2013 TerraLex Deal of the Year" at TerraLex conference in Paris

Testimonials


“Mike Jones and his team at Warner Norcross + Judd were a tremendous help to me as I left the large corporate world and successfully pursued the acquisition of two office furniture dealers, in order to form my own company. Mike provided terrific advice and support in the M&A process while paying special attention to key risk areas to manage. He was proactive throughout the process, very accessible and extremely responsive. Mike worked very well with other outside advisors, including my bank and accounting firm. I also enjoyed the team approach and strength of resources at Warner Norcross, where Mike was able to bring in additional support to help with matters involving real estate, personal estates and employment. Mike was great at providing me with clear information, choices and advice related to the transactions I was pursuing. We were successful in completing two very fast acquisitions, which became the basis of a great organization. I would recommend Mike and Warner Norcross to anyone looking for a strong, knowledgeable, proactive team to help with mergers and acquisitions. Mike is awesome.” -- CEO of an office furniture dealership
 
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“After 20 years in business, we had an opportunity to sell some key assets of our business to a firm in the Boston area. We selected Mike Jones and his team because of their deep expertise in M&A transactions. This turned out to be an excellent decision. Mike is thorough, responsive and did a great job putting our best interests first. He was quick to grasp the nuances of our business and understand the things that were important to us in the transaction. Mike also worked very effectively with the legal team on the acquisition side, which was important to keep things moving forward. Mike has the ability to explain complex contractual language in plain English, which is vitally important. The due diligence and contractual negotiations took place over a four-month period and Mike was always accessible and quick to respond, even after hours and on weekends. Throughout the entire process, we felt as though we had his full and undivided attention. If you have a key M&A transaction in your future, I would recommend having Mike Jones on your team.” -- President of a business and health care consulting company
 
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