Jack D Capers Jr.


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Jack Capers

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Jack Capers is a partner in the Atlanta and Silicon Valley offices of King & Spalding and a member of the firm’s Corporate Practice Group. 

Mr. Capers has experience in a wide variety of corporate transactions, including U.S. and cross border domestic mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs and divestitures, joint ventures, strategic alliances and strategic investments. In addition, Mr. Capers has advised boards of directors and board committees on matters relating to corporate governance issues, M&A transactions and takeover defenses.  His experience includes M&A transactions in a variety of industry groups, including technology, life sciences, consumer products, retail, manufacturing, real estate, restaurants, telecommunications, textiles and transportation. 

Mr. Capers’ recent transactions include the following:

  • Represented Aurrion Inc. in the sale of the company to Juniper Networks.

  • Represented Belk Stores in the sale of the company to Sycamore Partners for $4.0 billion.

  • Represented InnoPath Inc. in connection with the sale of its assets to Qualcomm.

  • Represented GlaxoSmithKline in connection with the sale of exchange of dermatological products with Almirall, S.A, and related transactions, including worldwide cross-licensing of intellectual property assets and development of worldwide supply and distribution arrangements.

  • Represented Arbor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. a specialty pharmaceutical company in connection with the $365 million investment in the company by KKR.

  • Represented GlaxoSmithKline in connection with the acquisition of the assets of Basilea, S.A. a pharmaceutical company based in Switzerland for 200 million GBP.

  • Represented GlaxoSmithKline in connection with the acquisition of Okairos AG a developer of vaccine products based in Switzerland and Italy for $324 million.

  • Represented Cognea Pty a developer of artificial intelligence software and technology in connection with the sale of the company to IBM.

  • Represented healthcare IT company Eclipsys Corporation in its $1.1 billion merger with Allscripts.

  • Represented Inmar Inc. a data analytics company in connection with a joint venture with NCR to develop a technology platform for the collection and evaluation of customer purchasing data generated by the point-of-sale systems at retail businesses.

  • Represented blood diagnostics device manufacturer Immucor Inc. in its $1.9 billion merger with a subsidiary of TPG.

  • Represented the outside directors of healthcare IT company Emdeon Inc. in its $3.0 billion merger with Blackstone.

Mr. Capers was a speaker on public company M&A at the 2016 Western M&A/Private Equity Forum in San Francisco sponsored by The Daily Journal and a speaker on M&A integration topics at The West Coast Corporate M&A and Integration Forum in San Francisco sponsored by Thomson Reuters.

Mr. Capers’ recent publications include “Key Recent Court Decisions Shake Things Up in Delaware- For Everybody” published in The Daily Journal/San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Mr. Capers served as leader of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group from 2003-2006.  Mr. Capers served as deputy team leader of the firm’s Corporate Practice Group from 1995-2001.  From 1992-1994, he served as the firm’s Hiring Chairman.

Mr. Capers has been named one of The Best Lawyers in America, one of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business by Chambers USA, and one of Georgia’s Super Lawyers 2012 by Atlanta Magazine.

Mr. Capers serves on the board of directors of the Georgia Biomedical Partnership, an association of over 250 pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies located in Georgia. He also serves on the board of advisors for the Atlanta Chapter of the Posse Foundation, a non-profit organization that identifies youth leaders in Atlanta-area public high schools and sends them in groups of ten or “posses” to top 100 colleges and universities on full four-year scholarships

Mr. Capers graduated from Vanderbilt University with high honors. He received his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he served as Articles Editor of the Georgia Law Review. He graduated from Georgia Law School with highest honors and was a member of the Order of Coif.