Jared A. Cook

Special Counsel

Overview

Jared A. Cook is a special counsel and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. He represents publicly-owned and private companies in transactional, commercial, corporate and financing matters. Mr. Cook assists clients with mergers and acquisitions as both buyers and sellers, issuers and borrowers in financing transactions, and public and private entities in capital-raising transactions. In addition, he assists clients with various maritime and transportation matters, as well as with respect to general ongoing business counseling and corporate governance. Mr. Cook is a member of the firm’s Transactional & Securities Practice.

Mr. Cook has substantial experience drafting and negotiating complex commercial contracts, including stock and asset purchase and sale agreements, merger agreements, employment and non-competition agreements, non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements, license agreements, joint venture and strategic alliance agreements, consulting agreements and sponsorship and advertising agreements. He also routinely assists clients in drafting corporate organizational documents, including for start-up and emerging companies.

Representative Transactions

  • Representing purchasers of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the largest transaction ever for a professional sports franchise.
  • Representing purchasers of the Texas Rangers baseball franchise.
  • $155 million strategic acquisition by publicly-traded company of clinical and medical device business.
  • $65 million credit refinancing involving a cruise line, and multiple amendments, restatements and supplements to the underlying credit facility over the course of five years.
  • £420,000,000 credit refinancing involving international scrap metal recycling dealer and processor, and amendments and restatements to the underlying credit facility over the course of three years.
  • $150 million sale of a private fiber optic and data center communications company to a private equity firm.
  • Sale of a private broadband services communications company in a strategic $20 million transaction.
  • Representing U.S. subsidiary of international company in forming joint venture to acquire metal recycling facilities in $70 million purchase. 
  • $50 million sale by multinational company of its U.S. airport concessionaire business.
  • Representing emerging growth companies in multi-million dollar venture capital financing rounds.
  • Representing cloud computing provider receiving growth investment from private equity fund. 
  • Representing owners of businesses in variety of industries, including health care, biotechnology and manufacturing, in the purchase and sale of strategic assets.

Mr. Cook maintains an active pro bono practice. He has successfully assisted clients with obtaining Social Security benefits, asylum protection and with landlord-tenant disputes.

During law school, Mr. Cook was an intern for the American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project, where he researched state and federal legal issues, assisted in the recruitment of volunteer law firms and prepared case summaries for firms considering pro bono cases.

Prior to joining Foley, Mr. Cook was a legislative correspondent for Senator Tom Harkin. In that role, he met with lobbyists, prepared the senator for subcommittee hearings, wrote press releases for the senator on various topics and assisted senior legislative staff with research, drafting memos and writing speeches.

Education

Mr. Cook earned his law degree from The George Washington University Law School, where he was a member of the George Washington International Law Review. He earned his B.A., with distinction, in political science from the University of Michigan.

Admissions

Mr. Cook is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Representative Matters

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Foley represented Guggenheim Baseball Management in its acquisition of the Los Angeles Dodgers, marking the single largest transaction ever for a professional sports franchise. The new ownership group is led by Mark Walter, Chief Executive Officer of Guggenheim Partners, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Peter Guber, and Stan Kasten, the former president of the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals, among others. The transaction, valued at over $2 billion, closed as of April 30, 2012, per an agreement between owner Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball (MLB) that was approved by the Delaware Bankruptcy Court, with funding occurring on May 1, 2012. This complex transaction was a unique and highly competitive sale process and tight timeline that required closing within 30 days of being selected as the winning bidder and special consideration to matters related to mergers and acquisitions, tax, bankruptcy, financing, real estate and land use, and media rights, among other areas. Overall, more than 60 Foley attorneys from 11 offices and 12 different practice groups assisted on the transaction, demonstrating both the breadth and depth of Foley’s capabilities in assisting clients to navigate such complex and high-profile transactions. The Dodgers transaction follows on the heels of Foley's successful recent representations of Wayne Weaver in his sale of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Rangers Baseball Express LLC in its acquisition of the Texas Rangers, and the Ricketts Family in its acquisition of the Chicago Cubs, which previously held the record price for an MLB franchise sale at $845 million.
Handled Series A financing of up to $12.5 million for Audax Health Solutions, Inc.
Handled the acquisition of Accelerated Care Plus (ACP), based in Reno, Nevada. The company is the nation’s leading provider of integrated clinical programs for sub-acute and long-term care rehabilitation providers. Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc. (NYSE:HGR) announced the closing on December 1, 2010. Hanger paid approximately $155 million in cash, which was funded from cash on hand and the proceeds from the concurrent refinancing of its credit facilities to The ComVest Group and the employee-stockholders of ACP. This transaction included an escrow of cash, employment and noncompetition agreements, and complex issues related to the vesting of stock option awards.