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John Saada is Partner-in-Charge of the Cleveland Office and represents private equity and venture capital funds in their formation and governance and the organization and documentation of fund sponsors' internal firm arrangements and compensation matters. He also regularly represents investors in their investments in a variety of private funds. In addition, John represents private equity and venture capital funds, family offices, search funds, angel funds, secondary funds, and strategic investors in investment activities, including venture capital investments, leveraged buyouts, M&A, exits, restructurings, joint ventures, and mezzanine financings.

The private equity and venture capital funds with which John has recently worked include The Riverside Company, MPE Partners, Edgewater Capital Partners, High Road Capital Partners, Kirtland Capital Partners, Trinity Hunt Partners, Resilience Capital Partners, Everberg Capital Partners, Tecum Equity, DalFort Capital, The Townsend Group, Global Forest Partners, JF Lehman & Company, North Coast Venture Partners, Noro-Moseley Partners, and Rockwood Equity Partners.

John also advises private and emerging growth companies in sectors such as health care, technology, information services, financial, automotive, manufacturing, food, and consumer products. His work with these companies focuses on strategic counsel, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financing transactions, executive compensation, and corporate governance matters.

In community matters, John has served as the co-chair of VeloSano since 2016, is the former chairman of the board of the Association for Corporate Growth, and former chairman of the board of trustees of the Positive Education Program. He is also on the boards of the American Red Cross of Northern Ohio, the Kulas Foundation, Greater Cleveland Partnership, Ohio Business RoundTable, and Business Volunteers Unlimited. John is a member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2008.

John Saada, Jr.

Partner-in-Charge Cleveland

Jones Day

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