Libby Kitslaar is a retired M&A partner with Jones Day, a global law firm, where she concentrated in mergers and acquisitions, corporate financings and general corporate governance.
While at Jones Day, Libby served as the lead lawyer in a wide variety of U.S. and international transactions, including complex acquisitions and divestitures, restructurings, public offerings and joint ventures. As a key part of this role, she worked closely with business leadership and Boards of Directors on risk assessment, and setting and implementing transaction strategy in support of broader business goals. In addition to her transactional work, Libby also regularly advised boards of directors, board committees, and investors on a broad variety of issues, including corporate governance, legal compliance, financial and audit-related issues, and commercial, contract and strategic matters.
In addition to her work in the for-profit sector, Libby has advised not-for-profit entities supporting a range of causes, including healthcare, community development, social activism and the performing arts, and previously served on the board of directors of Lambs Farm, an occupational and residential community for developmentally disabled adults. Libby also served on the faculty of the Practising Law Institute and authored numerous articles on M&A, securities law and corporate governance topics.
Libby has been recognized as a leading lawyer by numerous industry publications, including The Legal 500 and Chambers USA, which describes her as providing “practical commercial advice” and “easy to do business with.” In both 2012 and 2015, BTI Consulting Group named her a “Client Service All Star” for providing outstanding client service.
Libby received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Mount Holyoke College and a juris doctor’s degree from Case Western Reserve University.