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Jay Clayton L'93

Lecturer in Law

Jay Clayton has extensive experience in public and private mergers and acquisitions transactions as well as capital markets offerings. He also has advised various multinational companies and their boards in connection with corporate investigations and regulatory matters involving the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.


Mr. Clayton also advises several high-net-worth individuals and families and their investment vehicles regarding public and private investments.


Selected Transactions


Mr. Clayton’s recent work has included:


M&A/Private Equity



  • Barclays Capital in connection with its purchase of certain assets of Lehman Brothers

  • Bear Stearns directors in connection with the sale of Bear Stearns to JPMorgan Chase

  • Goldman Sachs in connection with the investment of $5 billion by Berkshire Hathaway

  • Goldman Sachs and affiliated funds in connection with over a dozen investments in private companies and investment funds

  • Michael Krasny, the founder of CDW, in the $7.2 billion sale of CDW to Madison Dearborn

  • Markem (controlled by the Putnam family) in connection with its sale to Dover Technologies

  • Simrad (an Altor portfolio company) in its acquisition of Lowrance Electronics by tender offer

  • TeliaSonera in connection with its $3+ billion acquisition of a controlling stake in Turkcell

  • KPMG national practices in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom in the sale of their consulting practices to BearingPoint and Atos Origin


Capital Markets



  • Public offering of $500 million by the American Express Company

  • Public offering of $6.0 billion of common stock and mandatory convertible preferred stock by Lehman Brothers

  • Public and private offerings of $1.5 billion in equity and equity-linked securities of AMBAC

  • Initial public offering of Och-Ziff

  • $1 billion 144A equity offering by Oaktree Capital (the first issuer to use the new GSTrUE trading procedures)

  • Sale by members of the Gottwald family of equity interests in Albemarle to the Albemarle corporation

  • Sales of Lowes stock aggregating in excess of $1 billion in connection with administration of the Preston Tisch estate

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