Jeffrey A. Fickes

Partner
New York

Jeffrey A. Fickes focuses on private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate matters for businesses and investors throughout the United States and internationally. He is a Co-Leader of Ballard Spahr’s Private Equity Group and a member of the firm’s Expanded Board.

Jeff brings decades of experience in business to his role as a trusted advisor to company owners, boards, and senior executives. He has served as lead counsel on domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, and strategic transactions, including spin-offs and split-offs, and leveraged buyouts, with transaction values generally ranging from $50 million to $300 million.

Experience 

Representative Matters

As Lead Counsel, Jeff has represented:

  • A private equity firm in the capital raise, acquisition, and financing of an international specialty gauge and sensor manufacturer
  • A private equity firm in its capital raise, acquisition, and financing of a national specialty and truck vehicle body design and up-fitting service and product distribution company
  • A global Chinese-headquartered public company, through its international California-based parts manufacturer, in a North American joint venture with a Mexican-based company
  • An e-Commerce logistics software technology company in its Series A and Series B preferred venture capital investment rounds and $20 million Reg. D notes/warrants offering

Professional Highlights

Professional Activities

Executive Vice President, Board of Directors, Past Program Committee Chair, Association for Corporate Growth (ACG)

Member of Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Committees; contributing member of the Jurisprudence Subcommittee and Task Force on Model M&A Documents, American Bar Association

Fellow, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Fellow, Akron Bar Association

Leadership Akron (Class XXVIII)

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law, 2018-2022

Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated

Banc One Capital Fellow (awarded annually to the top Fisher College MBA Finance student)

Beta Gamma Sigma Honors Fraternity

Board Memberships & Community Service

Executive Vice President, Board of Directors, Past Program Committee Chair, Association for Corporate Growth (ACG)

Member, the Ohio State University Fisher College of Business Alumni Board

Member, United Way of Summit County, Tocqueville Society Cabinet

Credentials 

Education

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (J.D.)

The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business (MBA, Corporate Finance)

The University of Akron (B.S, Accounting)

Admissions

Ohio

Texas

United States Tax Court

Not admitted to practice in New York