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Bradley C. Faris

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

Bradley Faris is Co-chair of the Chicago Corporate Department and Vice Chair of the firm's Mergers and Acquisitions Practice. Mr. Faris has a broad mergers and acquisitions practice, including public and private mergers and acquisitions, friendly and unsolicited tender offers, going-private transactions, takeover defense counseling and advising independent directors in conflict of interest transactions. Mr. Faris has represented public and private companies such as Koch Industries, Inc., Georgia-Pacific LLC, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, A.O. Smith Corporation and Accuride Corporation, as well as private equity firms such as GTCR and Silverfleet Capital. Mr. Faris also has represented financial advisors in mergers and acquisitions transactions, including Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley and UBS Investment Bank.

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

  • Illinois Tool Works in the US$3.2 billion sale of its industrial packaging segment to The Carlyle Group (May 2014)
  • Koch Industries in its US$7.2 billion acquisition of Molex Incorporated, a designer and manufacturer of electronic components (December 2013)
  • The Pritzker Organization in connection with its US$1 billion acquisition of TMS International, a provider of outsourced industrial services to steel mills (August 2013)
  • Georgia-Pacific in its US$1.5 billion acquisition of Buckeye Technologies (August 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 (March 2013)
  • GTCR in its equity financing for Zayo Group's US$2.2 billion acquisition of AboveNet (July 2012)
  • TransUnion in its US$3 billion leveraged buyout by affiliates of Advent International and GS Capital Partners (April 2012)
  • Transcend Services in its US$300 million sale to Nuance Communications (April 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 (September 2011)
  • GTCR in its US$828 million acquisition by tender offer of Protection One, a leading national provider of electronic security services (June 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) (July 2007)
  • Koch Industries in its US$22 billion acquisition of Georgia-Pacific (December 2005)