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Bradley C. Faris

Chicago | New York
  • 330 North Wabash Avenue, Suite 2800
  • Chicago, IL 60611
  • USA

Bradley Faris is a partner in the Chicago office and former Global Co-Chair of the firm's Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. Mr. Faris has a broad mergers and acquisitions practice, including:

  • Public and private mergers and acquisitions
  • Cross-border transactions and divisional carve-outs
  • Complex commercial joint ventures
  • Going-private transactions
  • Shareholder activism and takeover defense counseling
  • Advising independent directors in conflict of interest transactions

Mr. Faris regularly speaks and writes on mergers and acquisitions-related topics, including new developments in public company mergers and acquisitions and takeover defense.

Mr. Faris previously served as Chair of the 2018 Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate & Securities Law Institute at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. He is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois Bar Association.

Mr. Faris' experience includes representation of:

  • The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Dell Technologies in the US$21 billion exchange by Dell Technologies of Class V Common Stock into Class C Common Stock with a cash election option (2018)
  • VistaJet Group Holdings in its US$405 million acquisition of the Business Aviation Fleet and Commercial Operations of XOJET, an aviation company that owns and operates a chartered fleet of 43 midsize aircraft (2018)
  • GNC Holdings, a retailer of health, wellness, and performance products, in a US$299 million strategic investment by Harbin Pharmaceutical Group (2018)
  • MModal, a provider of clinical documentation and transcription solutions, in the US$1 billion sale of its technology business to 3M (2018)
  • The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of SeaWorld in China-based real estate investment firm, Zhonghong Group’s, US$448 million acquisition of a 21% equity interest from The Blackstone Group (2017)
  • WernerCo, a Switzerland-based international manufacturer and distributor of access products, fall protection equipment, secure storage equipment, and light duty construction equipment with sales and distribution facilities around the world, in its sale to Triton Partners (2017)
  • Onvoy, a portfolio company of GTCR, in its US$786 million acquisition of Inteliquent, an interconnection partner for communication service providers (2017)
  • LogMeIn in its US$1.8 billion acquisition of the GoTo business of Citrix Systems, a provider of collaborative communication solutions for small businesses, via a Reverse Morris Trust transaction (2017)
  • Emerson Electric Company in the US$1.2 billion sale of its Leroy-Somer motor business to Nidec Corp. (2017)
  • Aon in its acquisition of Stroz Friedberg, a provider of digital forensics services and cyber-security consultancy worldwide (2016)
  • FMC Technologies in its US$13 billion merger of equals with Technip, a France-based designer and developer of offshore oil and gas processing facilities, via the EU cross-border merger regime (2016)
  • Sirona Dental Systems in its US$8 billion merger of equals with DENTSPLY International to create a leading manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies (2016)
  • Illinois Tool Works in its US$450 million acquisition of the Engineered Fasteners and Components business (EF&C) of ZF TRW, an automotive OEM and components supplier (2016)
  • The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Textura Corporation in Oracle’s US$663 million acquisition of Textura, a provider of collaborating software solutions for the construction industry (2016)
  • Columbus McKinnon Corporation in its US$191.6 million acquisition of Magnetek, a manufacturer of digital power and motion control systems (2015)
  • Globe Specialty Metals in its US$3.1 billion merger with Grupo FerroAtlantica to create a leading international silicon and specialty metals producer (2015)
  • Delphi Automotive in the US$727 million sale of its global thermal systems business to MAHLE (2015)
  • Nord Anglia Education in its US$534 million acquisition of six schools in North America, Europe, and China from Meritas (2015)
  • Koch Industries in its US$445 million acquisition of Oplink Communications, a leading provider of optical communication components, intelligent modules, and subsystems (2014)
  • GTCR, in its US$446 million acquisition of Vocus, a provider of cloud-based marketing and public relations software (2014)
  • Illinois Tool Works in the US$3.2 billion sale of its industrial packaging segment to The Carlyle Group (2014)
  • Koch Industries in its US$7.2 billion acquisition of Molex Incorporated, a designer and manufacturer of electronic components (2013)
  • The Pritzker Organization in connection with its US$1 billion acquisition of TMS International, a provider of outsourced industrial services to steel mills (2013)
  • Georgia-Pacific in its US$1.5 billion acquisition of Buckeye Technologies (2013)
  • Koch Industries in its preferred equity financing of the Weiss family’s US$878 million acquisition of American Greetings Corporation, a manufacturer and distributor of greeting cards (2013)
  • GTCR in its equity financing for Zayo Group's US$2.2 billion acquisition of AboveNet (2012)
  • TransUnion in its US$3 billion leveraged buyout by affiliates of Advent International and GS Capital Partners (2012)
  • Transcend Services in its US$300 million sale to Nuance Communications (2012)
  • GTCR in its US$267 million acquisition by tender offer of Global Traffic Network, a leading provider of custom traffic and news reports to radio and television stations outside the United States (2011)
  • GTCR in its US$828 million acquisition by tender offer of Protection One, a leading national provider of electronic security services (2010)
  • The Special Committee of the board of directors of the Chicago Board of Trade in connection with its US$12 billion merger with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (including the intervening unsolicited offer from the International Commodities Exchange) (2007)
  • Koch Industries in its US$22 billion acquisition of Georgia-Pacific (2005)
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