Jeff Wahl is a partner in the firm’s Global Corporate Practice. Jeff’s practice focuses on M&A, joint ventures, sophisticated supply chain contracts and general corporate and business matters.

    Jeff prides himself on client service and being a practical, business-focused advisor and problem-solver who partners with clients in a counsel role. Jeff’s broad corporate experience extends beyond strategic M&A transactions to board matters, employment agreements, financings, commercial dispute management and most challenges facing business clients.

    Jeff has particular experience with manufacturing, mining, waste disposal, infrastructure and other industrial sectors, distribution in the US and internationally and representation of clients in all manner of supply chain and commercial arrangements, including distributor/sales agent contracts, manufacturing/supply arrangements and intellectual property licensing, as well as development of standardized legal terms and conditions for commercial purchasers and vendors in a variety of industries.

    Jeff’s practice includes a very significant international component. He has represented clients in corporate and commercial matters in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and the UK. He also combines his M&A and commercial expertise with his international practice to support non-US companies establishing operations or distribution networks in the US.

    Jeff is a frequent speaker on international distribution and authored the International Distribution Contracts chapter for the Understanding International Commercial Contracts edition of the Inside the Minds book series (Aspatore 2015).

    Closer to home, Jeff is a recognized authority on Ohio’s laws governing corporations, limited liability companies and other business entities. In 2014, he was the only practicing attorney invited to present to approximately 100 Ohio judges and magistrates on the topic of “Business Entities and their Liabilities” at the Ohio Supreme Court’s Judicial College training program for judges. Additionally, Jeff is heavily involved in any proposed or pending legislative changes to Ohio’s business entity laws. He serves as the Chairman of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Corporation Law Committee, which is the primary drafting committee for all state bar association-sponsored legislation in Ohio concerning corporations, limited liability companies and other business entities.

    Jeff has been selected each year from 2009-2016 for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers – Rising Stars, a listing of the top up-and-coming lawyers in the state.

    In addition to his work with the Ohio State Bar Association, Jeff is a member of the Columbus Bar Association, and he is an active attorney volunteer at the Vineyard Community Center Legal Clinic.

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    • Representing a US-based custom apparel and fulfillment company in its sale to a private equity firm.
    • Representing a US-based logistics/transloading company in its acquisition of a rail car service company.
    • Representing a US-based company in acquisitions of multiple waste collection fleets, routes and operations.
    • Representing the US subsidiary of a publicly traded Swiss company in its acquisition of a US engineering services and technology manufacturing company.
    • Representing a US-based manufacturer in acquiring a competitor with 14 manufacturing facilities across 12 states.
    • Representing a US-based manufacturer in the formation of an international manufacturing joint venture in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Colombia.
    • Representing a US-based manufacturer in acquiring multiple specialty tool and die manufacturing facilities for vertical integration with existing operations.
    • Representing an aerospace research and development company in its sale to a publicly traded company.
    • Representing a strategic buyer in acquiring a student loan servicing company.
    • Representing a Europe-based manufacturer in establishing its US distribution/dealer network.
    • Representing a strategic buyer in multiple acquisitions of waste disposal assets and transfer station/recycling facilities.
    • Representing a coal mining company in multiple coal reserve acquisitions.
    • Representing a US-based manufacturer in implementing its US$1 billion recapitalization plan.
    • Representing an international government consulting firm in an IPO.
    • Providing ongoing counsel to a US-based manufacturer with respect to domestic operations and joint ventures, distribution relationships and operations in Mexico, Central America, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Colombia.
    • Representing a publicly traded home developer in a going-private transaction.
    • Representing a manufacturer in multiple divestiture transactions involving several different product lines.
    • Representing a US-based manufacturer in a joint venture buyout and negotiation of post-buyout manufacturing, licensing and earnout arrangements with the exiting partner.
    • Negotiating CEO and senior executive employment agreements and related executive compensation matters for companies and executives including multiple companies with annual sales in excess of US$1 billion.
    • Representing a strategic buyer in acquiring a plastics recycling business for supply chain integration.
    • Representing an Ohio-based utility company in acquiring a regional utility’s electricity transmission and distribution assets within Ohio.
    • Representing a US-based manufacturer in a business line divestiture and negotiation of post-disposition long-term toll manufacturing, distribution and raw material supply agreements with the purchaser.
    • Representing a health insurer in acquiring all of the health insurance business and policies of a regional insurer.
    • Representing a health insurer in acquiring all of the assets and operations of a third party administrator.
    • Counseling a US-based manufacturer on design, manufacturing and marketing agreements for a new product line.
    • Representing a US-based energy company in a complex supply and inventory management agreement for hard infrastructure goods.
    • Representing an injector supplier in long term supply agreement with industrial engine manufacturer.
    • Representing US-based purchasers in multi-year supply agreements in a variety of industrial contexts, including industrial, specialty and medical gases and components for electronic material characterization devices used in cryogenic and/or magnetic environments.
    • Representing sellers in supply agreements/terms of sale in a variety of industrial/commercial contexts, including units for defense vehicles, components for e-cigarettes and specialized sporting goods.
    • Representing US- and Europe-based manufacturers in private label supply agreements, manufacturing/supply agreements, licensing agreements, distribution agreements and developing template agreements and standard conditions of sale/purchase in a variety of industrial/commercial contexts in the US, Europe, Latin America and China.

    Education

    • Ohio Northern University, J.D., with high distinction, managing editor, Ohio Northern University Law Review, 2002
    • Ohio Northern University, B.A., with high distinction, 1998

    Admissions

    • Ohio, 2002

    Courts

    • U.S. Ct. of App., Sixth Circuit
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Ohio
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of Ohio

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Member, Ohio State Association
    • Member, Columbus Bar Association
    • Attorney volunteer, Vineyard Community Center Legal Clinic
    • Selected each year from 2009-2016 for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers – Rising Stars, a listing of the top up-and-coming lawyers in the state.

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    • Presenter, “Drafting and Negotiating an International Contract,” ICC and Siena Chamber of Commerce Conference, Siena, Italy, June 7, 2018.
    • Author, “[Ohio Senate Bill] 181: Everything You Need to Know About the Corporation Law Committee’s Newest Legislation,” Probate Law Journal of Ohio, Volume 27, Issue 3, January/February 2017.
    • Presenter, “From Buying to Selling – M&A Trends,” WasteExpo, New Orleans, May 2017.
    • Presenter, “Ohio LLC and Ohio Corporation Law Updates,” Fourth Annual Great Lakes Asset Protection Institute, Ohio State Bar Association, December 2016.
    • Session participant, “Talk to the Experts 2016,” Squire Patton Boggs Global Corporate Practice Client Event, London, UK, November 2016.
    • Presenter, “[Ohio Senate Bill] 181: Everything You Need to Know About the Corporation Law Committee’s Newest Legislation,” CLE Live Webcast, Ohio State Bar Association, June 2016.
    • Presenter, “Contracting and Supply Chain Management − Key Supply Contract Terms,” CLE Presentation, Squire Patton Boggs Global Manufacturing Series − Inside Counsel Forum, Glen Rose, Texas, May 2016.
    • Presenter, “Achieving end-to-end visibility for your commercial contracts and distribution agreements - Top tips and what to look out for,” Autosport International 2016, Motorsport Industry Association Business Workshop, Birmingham, UK, January 2016.
    • Panelist, “Business Without Borders,” RSM 2015 Manufacturing & Distribution Summits, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio, October-November 2015.
    • Presenter, “International Distribution Agreements − Inbound distribution to the US,” Columbus Bar Association International Law Committee, February 19, 2015.
    • Presenter, “International Distribution Agreements,” Columbus Bar Association International Law Committee, May 15, 2014.
    • Presenter, “Types of Business Entities and Their Liabilities,” Training Program for Judges, Magistrates and Acting Judges, The Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College, February 21, 2014.
    • Presenter, “International Distribution,” Ohio State Bar Association Corporate Counsel Institute, October 7, 2011.
    • Organizer and moderator, “Planning and Managing International Transactions and Operations Panel Discussion,” Ohio State Bar Association Corporate Counsel Institute, October 1, 2010.
    • Co-presenter, “Fiduciary Issues in M&A Transactions,” Ohio State Bar Association CLE Seminar, April 15, 2009.

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