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John M. Jennings

John M. Jennings

Partner

Greenville ONE
2 W. Washington Street
Suite 400
Greenville, SC 29601
john.jennings@nelsonmullins.com

John practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, public company reporting, executive compensation, and corporate governance.

John practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, public company reporting, executive compensation, and corporate governance.

John M. Jennings

John practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, public company reporting, executive compensation, and corporate governance.

Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

Experience

  • Represents public and private acquirers, sellers, and merger parties 
    • Represented public company in $1.6 billion sale to private equity funds.
    • Represented private equity funds in $390 million, $90 million, $30 million, $27 million portfolio company dispositions, and in various middle market portfolio company acquisitions
    • Represented various privately owned companies in sales and acquisitions
    • Represented regional bank in $3.6 billion merger of equals
    • Represented regional bank in $860 million acquisition
    • Represented community bank in $100 million three-bank combination
    • Represented community bank in $415 million sale
    • Represented regional bank in $360 million acquisition
    • Represented community bank in $240 million sale
    • Represented community bank in $34 million and $26 million acquisitions
  • Represents issuers, underwriters and placement agents in public and private securities offerings, including initial public offerings, PIPE transactions, shelf takedowns, and other follow-on offerings 
    • Represented issuer in $30 million shelf takedown of common stock
    • Represented underwriter in $200 million shelf takedown of common stock
    • Represented issuers, underwriters, and placement agents in various subordinated debt and equity offerings and recapitalizations
  • Advises companies and their constituents regarding securities law compliance, banking regulatory, fiduciary duty and corporate governance issues, proxy contests, periodic disclosure, and executive compensation
  • Advises companies regarding takeover preparedness 

Previous Professional Experience

  • Partner, Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Education

  • Northwestern University School of Law, JD, magna cum laude (1997)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Articles Editor, Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business
  • Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, MBA, with distinction (1997)
  • University of Virginia, BA (1988)
    • Echols Scholar

Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • North Carolina
  • Illinois

Practice Areas

Industries

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  • TALK Greenville Magazine's Top Lawyers List, Securities Law (2023)
  • IFLR1000, Highly Regarded in M&A in South Carolina (2021–2022)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® – Corporate Governance (2011–2024), Mergers and Acquisitions Law (2011–2024), Securities/Capital Markets Law (2009–2024)
    • Lawyer of the Year in Greenville, S.C. for Securities and Capital Markets Law (2016)
    • Lawyer of the Year in Greenville, S.C. for Corporate Governance Law (2014, 2017, 2020, 2021, 2023) 
    • Lawyer of the Year in Greenville, S.C. for Mergers and Acquisitions Law (2016, 2021)
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
    • Corporate/M&A – South Carolina (2011–2023)
    • Corporate/M&A: Banking and Finance – South Carolina (2011–2019)
    • Banking and Finance – South Carolina (2020)
  • Greenville Business Magazine "Legal Elite of the Upstate"
    • Banking and Finance (2012–2021, 2023)
    • Mergers and Acquisitions (2020–2023)
    • Corporate Law (2020–2021)
  • Past Chair, Corporate, Banking & Securities Law Section Council, South Carolina Bar
  • Section of Business Law, M&A Market Trends Subcommittee, Committee on Negotiated Acquisitions (which produces the Strategic Buyer/Public Target Mergers & Acquisitions Deal Points Study)
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association