Chambers USA 2012 Recognizes 163 Jones Day Lawyers

Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 12:19

The 2012 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business recognized 163 Jones Day lawyers, of whom 36 received rankings in either the “Band 1” or “Star” categories. In addition, 77 national and state level Jones Day practices received rankings from Chambers USA, including 17 in “Band 1.”

Highlights from the Firm's 2012 Chambers USA rankings include: 

  • 17 practices received recognition at the national level, including four in the top tier: Antitrust, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Labor & Employment, and Retail.
  • 25 lawyers received recognition at the national level, including four in the top tier: Corinne Ball and Bruce Bennett (Bankruptcy/Restructuring), Glen Nager (Appellate Law), and David Steuber (Insurance: Dispute Resolution). Mr. Nager's Band 1 ranking at the national level is his third consecutive such ranking from Chambers. Mr. Steuber's is his second consecutive Band 1 national ranking.
  • David Heiman received his fourth consecutive “Star” ranking (Ohio - Bankruptcy/Restructuring), which is given to attorneys with exceptional recommendations in their fields.

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Jones Day has advised General Motors LLC in connection with a transaction announced on June 1, 2012 that will eliminate approximately $26 billion in GM balance sheet liability, and result at closing in the largest single-employer plan termination and pension risk transfer in U.S. history. This continues the firm’s tradition of advising GM on groundbreaking employee benefits matters, including GM’s creation of a retiree health VEBA trust.

The transaction involves the General Motors Retirement Program for Salaried Employees, under which approximately 118,000 former salaried GM employees currently receive pensions.  Three complex steps are contemplated in connection with this pension de-risking transaction.

First, GM will offer lump-sum pension buy-outs to approximately 42,000 of the 118,000 salaried pensioners, with payments to be made this summer.  Second, active salaried employees and deferred vested employees will be spun-off from the Retirement Program for Salaried Employees into a new pension plan. Finally, the Retirement Program for Salaried Employees will terminate, and Prudential Insurance Company of America will issue a group annuity contract to assume the pension annuity payment responsibility to the pensioners, including those who do not accept a lump-sum pension payment. The group annuity contract, anticipated to be the largest in U.S. history,  is projected to be issued by the close of the year. At the closing, the plan will transfer to Prudential approximately $29 billion of selected assets, including a new contribution from GM to the plan.

The Jones Day team that advised General Motors included members of the firm’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation and Mergers & Acquisitions practices and was led by Evan Miller, Jere Thomson, Peter Izanec, and Steven Sacher.

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Through its non-profit foundation funded by donations from attorneys and staff, Jones Day has announced the establishment of the Peking University - Jones Day Chair Professorship for Globalization and Rule of Law to support the university's efforts in recruiting and retaining world-leading academicians. Stephen J. Brogan, Jones Day Managing Partner, formally presented the rirm's RMB 5 million donation to Peking University officials and faculty at the university on May 31.