Jerry Smith

Jones Day 

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Peachtree Street Northeast 1420
Atlanta 30309 GA US

Jerry N. Smith has more than 30 years of experience advising public and private companies and partnerships in connection with federal and international tax aspects of acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, and financings. He has extensive experience in structuring cross-border acquisitions and divestitures (both tax-free and taxable), international joint ventures, tax-free spin-offs, financings (both public debt offerings and syndicated private debt placements), and internal corporate restructurings.

Jerry also has represented Fortune 500 companies in connection with IRS controversies including supporting clients at the audit level and at IRS Appeals, with particular experience regarding IRS settlement procedures including Early Referral, Rapid Appeals, and Fast-Track Settlement procedures.

Jerry recently advised clients with respect to more than $20 billion of public acquisitions and divestitures and more than $5 billion in public debt transactions and advised a nuclear energy company in connection with its spin-off of its thermal business to public shareholders in a tax-free Section 355 transaction.

Prior to joining Jones Day in 2011, Jerry represented a public aerospace components manufacturer in connection with an IRS audit involving more than $500 million of proposed adjustments and advised a public building products wholesaler in connection with an IRS audit involving the disallowance by the IRS of more than $100 million of acquisition costs. Representative clients include Newell Brands, Suntrust, Flowers Foods, Babcock & Wilcox, and Reed Elsevier.

Jerry lectures frequently regarding tax-free spin-offs, IRS controversy matters, federal and international tax reform, and corporate inversions. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Atlanta Tax Forum, and International Fiscal Association.


  • Vanderbilt University (J.D. 1985; Associate Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review);
  • University of North Carolina (B.S. in Accounting 1979)

BAR ADMISSIONS : Georgia and North Carolina


  • Newell Brands to sell Pure Fishing to Sycamore Partners for $1.3 billion
  • Babcock & Wilcox sells two Florida energy-from-waste facilities to Covanta
  • Roper Technologies completes $1.5 billion public offering of Senior Notes
  • Newell Brands sells Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. for $395 million
  • Newell Brands sells The Waddington Group to Novolex for approximately $2.3 billion
  • Adecco Group acquires General Assembly Space, Inc. for $412.5 million
  • Babcock & Wilcox completes $248.5 million rights offering
  • Smith & Nephew acquires Rotation Medical Inc. for up to $210 million


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