John L. Filippone counsels on mergers and acquisitions, hostile takeovers, proxy contests, public offerings and private placements, private equity and venture capital, going private transactions, special committee advice, and general corporate and securities law matters.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, John was a partner at another international law firm, where he was co-chair of the southern California regional hiring committee and a member of the firm’s compensation committee.
Representation of Ron Burkle and his Yucaipa Investment Funds in their Barnes & Noble proxy contest and related activist investment
Representation of Celanese Corporation in connection with a joint venture to build a polyacetal production facility in Saudi Arabia with Duke Energy and Saudi Basic Industries Corporation
Representation of Honeywell International in its acquisition of Norcross Safety Products for $1.2 billion
Representation of Renewable Resources Group and its affiliates in the acquisition of Sun World International, one of the largest growers, marketers and breeders of premium seedless grapes, sweet peppers, stonefruits and other fruits and vegetables
Representation of Renewable Resources Group and its affiliates in the acquisition of real estate and other assets of Oasis Date Gardens, Winterhaven Ranch, Vandervoort Date Ranches, Inc., Arizona River Ranch L.L.C. and other entities
Representation of STW Fixed Income Management LLC, a value-orientated, US investment-grade fixed income investment manager, in its sale to Schroder US Holdings Inc., a subsidiary of Schroders PLC
Representation of Corridor Capital LLC and its affiliates in multiple acquisitions and divestitures, including:
The sale of Control Devices LLC, a leading designer and manufacturer of valves and other engineered flow control solutions
The acquisition of Wetmore Tool & Engineering Company, a market leader in specialty cutting tools, drill bits and fasteners, US Industrial Tool and Supply Company, a supplier of professional tools and accessories for aerospace manufacturing and other high precision industrial applications, and Arvan, Inc., a diversified custom fabricator of mechanical and electrical components for the aerospace, electronic, microwave and electrical power industries
The acquisition of SCI Floor Covering, Inc., the leading distributor and installer of floor covering products for the repair, maintenance and restoration of commercial, healthcare, multi-family and insured residential properties in Michigan
The acquisition of Innovative Office Products, Inc., a leading manufacturer of ergonomic mounting solutions for flat panel monitors, notebooks, tablet PCs and control panels
The acquisition of Circuitronics, Inc., a a premier electronic manufacturing services (EMS) company that caters to the needs of customers that require higher technology and reliability in the industrial, energy, security/mil-aero, communications, audio visual and prototype markets
The acquisition of Connecting Point Marketing Group, a trade and marketing event company focused on multiple industries, including the retail, restaurant, construction, healthcare and hotel industries
Representation of Corbel Structured Equity Partners in its investments in:
Supplier Management Solutions, Inc., which provides supply chain oversight, management and support services to aerospace and defense manufacturers
Cosmetic Design Group, a leader in custom design and formulation for many of the largest and most successful cosmetic, nail and personal care brands in North America and around the world, which caters to all requirements of successful brand management including design, production, filling, assembly and warehousing
Jariet Technologies, Inc. a fabless semiconductor company utilizing digital microwave technology to enable higher performance, lower power, and smaller systems
INI Power Systems, a provider of right-sized, man portable, fuel-agnostic power solutions for deployment to austere, unimproved environments anywhere in the world
Representation of Victory Park Capital in its investments in:
NJOY, Inc., a leading e-cigarette and vaping product company
Dental Lab Holdings, which owns and operates dental labs which include daVinci Dental Studios and NuLIfe
Representation of Coronal Group, an alternative energy firm that finances and operates solar photovoltaic projects for institutions, municipalities, corporations and non-profit organizations throughout the North America in its strategic investment in Blue Oak Energy, a solar engineering and construction company
Representation of a major international global logistics company operating in the ocean, land and air transportation industries in its $550 million divestiture of a leading luxury cruise line
Representation of American Tire Distributors, Inc. in the sale of the assets of its Am-Pac Tire Dist. Inc. subsidiary to Team Tire, Inc.
Representation of ABB/Con-Cise Optical Group LLC, the US’ largest distributor of soft contact lenses, in its sale to New Mountain Capital
Representation of Riordan Lewis & Haden Equity Partners in the sale of its interest in Creative Circle LLC, a provider of talent solutions focused on advertising, marketing, and digital/interactive professionals for major advertising agencies, marketing firms, and enterprise clients
Representation of the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Tarrant Apparel Group in its going private transaction
Representation of the management group of Prospect Medical Holdings in its going private acquisition by Leonard Green & Partners
Representation of the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Bidz.com, Inc., a leading online retailer of jewelry, in its going private transaction
Representation of Northrop Grumman Corporation in the acquisitions of Litton Industries Inc. and TRW Inc.
Representation of Northrop Grumman Corporation in a tender offer for TRW Inc.’s public debt
Representation of one of the world’s largest enterprise resource software makers in a tender offer for a recently acquired enterprise software maker’s public debt
Representation of one of the world’s largest enterprise resource software makers in the hostile takeover, proxy contest and its $10.3 billion acquisition by another of the world’s largest enterprise resource software makers, creating the world’s second-largest business applications software company
Representation of Newport Corporation in its $250 million acquisition of Ophir Optronics Ltd., an Israeli public company
Representation of Shamrock Activist Value Fund in its proxy contest for seats on the Board of Texas Industries, Inc.
Representation of Ask Jeeves Inc. in its acquisition by IAC InterActive Corp.
Representation of MiniMed Inc. in its acquisition by Medtronic Inc.
Representation of The Money Store Inc. in its acquisition by First Union Corporation
Representation of American Tire Distributors in the sale of the Winston Tire Company and other subsidiaries
Representation of Kingswood Village Marina in its acquisition by Archstone-Smith, a publicly traded real estate investment trust
Representation of Casden Properties Inc. in its acquisition by Apartment Investment and Management Company, a publicly traded real estate investment trust
Representation of Nortel Networks in its acquisition of Sonoma Systems
Representation of Wesco Aircraft Hardware Corp. in its acquisition by The Carlyle Group
Representation of Allergan Inc. in its acquisition of Inamed Corporation
University of Southern California Law School, 1997, Juris Doctor
University of Texas, 1991, Bachelor of Arts
Awards and Affiliations
Recommended, M&A/corporate and commercial: Private equity buyouts, The Legal 500 US (2017, 2018)
Recognized, The Best Lawyers in America (2016–2018)
Recognized, Super Lawyers (Southern California) (2009–2013)
The Men’s Guild of the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles