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Bradley C. Faris

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

Bradley Faris is 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
  • Friendly and unsolicited tender offers
  • Cross-border transactions and divisional carve-outs
  • 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. Publications by Mr. Faris include “The Resurgent Rights Plan: Recent Poison Pill Developments and Trends” and “Special Negotiating Committees: If, When, Who and How—A Guide for the General Counsel.”

Mr. Faris is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois Bar Association.

Mr. Faris' experience includes representation of:

  • 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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