Jake Townsend - McDermott Will & Emery


Jake Townsend focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital transactions and general corporate representation. He is experienced in matters involving mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, private equity and venture capital financing, and complex commercial transactions involving multiple jurisdictions for a broad range of private and public clients. He also provides continuing general corporate legal advice to a number of the Firm’s clients. Jake focuses on the delivery of efficient and cost-effective corporate services and products at the highest level of quality that integrates multiple jurisdictions and multiple practice areas.

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  • Represented Bridgestone Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, in its acquisition of Masthead Industries, LLC (one of the largest providers in the United States specializing in industrial hose sales and services), through its wholly owned subsidiary, Bridgestone Hose America, Inc.
  • Represented the family owners of a US-based global manufacturer of automotive switches, controls and computer keyboards, in the cross-border sale to a German company and leading automotive industry supplier specializing in driveline and chassis technologies
  • Represented a family-owned leading provider of chemistry and biological equipment and supplies for schools in connection with its sale to a private equity fund

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  • American Bar Association
  • Art Institute of Chicago, Auxiliary Board member


University of Chicago Law School, JD, 1998
Georgetown University, BSFS, magna cum laude, 1992