The global law firm Jones Day has announced that Donna Healy has joined the firm's Banking & Finance Practice. Formerly of counsel with the Banking & Debt Capital Markets and Structured Finance groups at Orrick, she will be based in Jones Day's Hong Kong office.
Ms. Healy's practice focuses on structured finance, banking, and debt capital markets. She counsels clients on general banking and finance and structured finance transactions. Her experience also extends to cross-border real estate financings in China and cross-border securitization transactions in Korea, and she has been involved in some of the largest and most innovative securitization transactions in the region.
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Jones Day is advising Essilor International SA in its $1.7 billion buyout of a 51 percent interest in Transitions Optical group from joint venture partner PPG Industries. Following the transaction, Essilor will own 100 percent of Transitions.
Essilor, the world's leading ophthalmic optics company, designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of lenses to improve and protect eyesight. Transitions Optical is a leading provider of photochromic lenses to optical manufacturers worldwide. The transaction also includes the acquisition of Intercast, a leading supplier of sun lenses, and significant new commercial contracts among Essilor, PPG, and Transitions.
In addition to M&A representation, Jones Day is providing tax, antitrust, intellectual property, and employee benefits advice regarding this transaction.
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Jones Day ranked #1 globally in M&A league tables for the first six months of 2013, maintaining a position it has held for 51 consecutive quarters.
Jones Day led all law firms for number of completed deals worldwide in first half 2013 M&A rankings released by Thomson Reuters. The firm received credit from Thomson for 161 completed deals worldwide. Thomson also ranked the firm #1 for announced deals with U.S. targets with 84 deals. The firm captured the #1 ranking in every published Thomson league table based on deal count.
In the Bloomberg league tables, which are based on announced transactions, Jones Day ranked #1 both for number of worldwide deals and for number of deals involving U.S. companies as well as for number of deals involving French companies. Bloomberg published 19 rankings based on deal count. The firm ranked #1 in five of these and in the top 10 in 14 of the 19 total.
The firm has maintained the #1 worldwide ranking for number of deals in both the Thomson and Bloomberg tables every quarter since year-end 2000.