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JohnLowe

Partner

"My challenge boils down to making sure my buyers get what they pay for and that my sellers are able to keep what they're paid."

Overview

Biography

With over 25 years of business-law experience, John primarily concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions. John has handled well over 300 M&A transactions, representing both buyers and sellers across a broad spectrum of sectors, technologies, and structures involving strategic and financial parties. A number of these transactions involved non-US buyers and sellers.

John also represents domestic and non-US parties in negotiating a wide array of international contracts, and he helps clients with business finance transactions, including the private placements of securities.

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association, Mergers & Acquisitions Committee, Editorial Group Member, and CLE Instructor
  • Monroe County Bar Association, CLE Instructor
  • New York State Bar Association

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Microentrepreneur Program Advisory Board

Languages

  • French
Experience

Representative Experience

  • Represented a Florida-based multinational aerospace distributor in a sale transaction exceeding $100 million.
  • Represented a NY-based telecommunications target acquired by a merger in a transaction exceeding $100 million.
  • Represented a NY-based telecommunications acquirer in the acquisition of the controlling interest in a Georgia-based telecommunications target in a transaction exceeding $5 million.
  • Represented a NY-based telecommunications acquirer in the purchase of all of the shares of an Idaho-based telecommunications target in a transaction exceeding $10 million.
  • Represented a French seller in the sale of a US-affiliate air-pollution-control manufacturer’s stock in a transaction exceeding $50 million.
  • Represented a French seller in the sale of a US-affiliate antennae manufacturer’s assets in a transaction exceeding $10 million.
  • Represented a French acquirer in the purchase of assets of a Florida-based distiller of bulk and branded alcoholic beverages in a transaction exceeding $50 million.
  • Represented a NY-based seller in the sale of a publishing company in a transaction exceeding $10 million.
  • Represented a Canadian information-technology acquirer in the purchase of an Illinois-based IT-services company’s assets in a transaction exceeding $1 million.
  • Represented a French acquirer of controlling interest in a US-based IT-services company in a transaction exceeding $2 million.
  • Represented UK sellers in all of the shares of a UK IT-services company purchased by a US acquirer in a transaction exceeding $2 million.
  • Represented a US pollution-control-systems manufacturer in an EP contract with a Brazilian buyer in a transaction exceeding $20 million.
  • Served as counsel to a perfume and cologne manufacturer regarding its sale of assets to a private equity-owned distributor of flavor and fragrance ingredients.
  • Served as general outside counsel to a software company regarding the sale of 100 percent of its equity interest to a member-focused construction association.
  • Represented an international facilities management company in its acquisition by merger of a janitorial commercial cleaning servicer.
  • Represented an India-based venture capital investor investing in US technology companies.
  • Represented a manufacturer of air-pollution-control devices for the petroleum refining and marine industries regarding its general contract requirements with companies from Nigeria, Mexico, France, China, and Singapore.
  • Represented a specialized dairy transport company in its sale of stock to a large Malaysian trucking firm.
  • Represented an individual in his sale of interest in a car dealership franchise that involved sensitive environmental issues and took over three years to complete, including negotiating all transaction documents.
  • Represented a purchaser in its acquisition of a packaging supplies and equipment distributor, including negotiating an asset-purchase agreement and ancillary documents, assisting in due diligence, and coordinating and negotiating with debt holders.

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Partner
  • Adair, Kaul, Murphy, Axelrod & Santoro, LLP, Of Counsel
  • CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre, Partner
  • CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre, Of Counsel
  • Pryor, Cashman, Sherman & Flynn, Partner
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Associate

Selected Community Activities

  • Christopher’s Challenge, Director
  • Volunteer Legal Services of Monroe County, Inc., Volunteer Attorney
  • St. John Fisher College, Former International Law Adjunct

Selected Honors

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated for Very High to Preeminent Ethical Standards and Legal Ability
  • Chambers USA, Upstate New York: Corporate/M&A, Recognized Practitioner, 2019
Knowledge

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • National Business Institute, “Asset Purchase Transactions”
  • National Business Institute, “Helping Your Client Buy or Sell a Small-Medium Sized Business”
  • National Business Institute, “Negotiating Indemnification, Representations, Warranties, and More in Business Contracts”
  • International Resource Group, “Do You Really Want to Go There? Practical Aspects of International Joint Ventures”
  • International Resource Group, “Common Mistakes Companies Make in International Contracting and How to Avoid Them”

Selected Publications & Media

  • American Bar Association, Model Stock Purchase Agreement With Commentary, Second Edition
  • American Bar Association, Model Asset Acquisition Agreement With Commentary
  • “When is a Merger Not a Merger?”
  • “The Wrong Way to Terminate an M&A Contract”
  •  “In a Bind? Second Circuit Considers Legal Effect of Letters of Intent”

Selected Alerts & Blog Posts

Featured Media

Alerts

NYS Courts to Implement Early Mandatory Mediation

Alerts

Takeaways From the USDA Interim Final Rule on Domestic Hemp Production

Alerts

The SHIELD Act: Update

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