Jones Day names Wesley Johnson Partner-in-Charge of Firm's New York Office
25 Jan, 2013
The global law firm Jones Day announced that Wesley R. Johnson, Jr. has been named Partner-in-Charge of the Firm’s New York Office. Mr. Johnson succeeds Willis Goldsmith, who has led Jones Day in New York since January 1, 2008, and who steps down in accordance with the terms of the Firm’s partnership agreement. Mr. Goldsmith will continue his active practice advising clients in a variety of labor and employment matters as a partner, and will continue to be based in New York.
Mr. Johnson’s practice focuses on cross-border mergers and acquisitions in a wide variety of business sectors. He has been with Jones Day since joining the Firm’s Paris Office in 1986 and served as Partner-in-Charge of the Paris Office from 1994 to 2010. Over the years, Mr. Johnson has been involved in cross-border transactions for French clients including France Telecom/Orange, Alcatel-Lucent, Société Générale, Credit Agricole, Sanofi, Veolia, the French Post Office, Total, PSA Peugeot-Citroen, Essilor, Rhodia, and Thales. He has represented many of the Firm’s U.S. clients with respect to their European inbound investments. He has also represented a number of Chinese clients including China Investment Corporation, Sinochem, and China Guangdong Nuclear Power Corporation. He has also handled matters in the mining and natural resources sector in various jurisdictions in Africa.
“Wesley has demonstrated extraordinary leadership during his long tenure as the Partner-in-Charge of our Paris Office, a leading force in the French legal market,” said Steve Brogan, Managing Partner of Jones Day. “The management skills that he developed in that role make him extremely well suited to lead our New York Office, the largest office in the Firm and one that is marked by the highest levels of competency in all disciplines necessary to respond to client needs in New York and to do so with real efficiency. Wesley’s talents as an M&A lawyer are among the reasons Jones Day has been ranked #1 for number of deals by both Bloomberg and Thomson for 13 consecutive years. His experience advising clients on acquisitions in Europe as well as advising European clients on acquisitions elsewhere will make him a unique resource for clients seeking representation in the important New York market.”
The Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, PLC Which lawyer?, and Legal 500 EMEA guides cite Mr. Johnson annually among the best corporate/M&A lawyers in France and Europe. He is a co-founding member of “Continuing Legal Education Europe,” a London-based nonprofit CLE organization. He has lectured extensively on M&A and corporate governance topics, including for the Conference Board’s Directors’ Institute. Mr. Johnson earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School, cum laude; an M.A. and B.A. from Cambridge University with first class honours; and a B.A. from the University of Michigan, magna cum laude.
Since opening in 1986, Jones Day New York has provided a full range of legal services to local, national, and global clients. In three decades, the office has grown from 21 to almost 300 lawyers, making it the Firm’s largest office, and one of the largest in New York City. The New York Office is home to leaders of eight of the Firm’s global practices: Banking & Finance, Business Restructuring & Reorganization, Capital Markets, Corporate Criminal Investigations, Financial Institutions Litigation & Regulation, Intellectual Property, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement.
Jones Day is a global law firm practicing in the major centers of business and finance throughout the world. Ranked among the world’s best and most integrated law firms, and perennially ranked among the best in client service, Jones Day acts as principal outside counsel to, or provides significant legal representation for, approximately half of the Fortune500, Fortune Global 500, and FT Global 500.