William Kucera concentrates on mergers and acquisitions. He represents buyers and sellers in connection with stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures, public and private mergers, tender and exchange offers, joint ventures, and venture capital and other private equity investments. He also represents companies in connection with corporate governance and defensive measures, including shareholder rights plans and related matters.
Represented CBOT Holdings in connection with its $12 billion merger with Chicago Mercantile Exchange Holdings, as well as CBOT Holdings' review and consideration of an unsolicited proposal from Intercontinental Exchange.
Represented GATX Financial Corporation in connection with the sale of its aircraft leasing business (having assets with a book value of more than $1.5 billion) to Macquarie Aircraft Leasing Limited, a consortium of investors including affiliates of Macquarie Bank Limited and Och-Ziff Capital Management.
Represented Sterling Commerce, a subsidiary of AT&T, in connection with its acquisition of Nistevo Corporation from its shareholders, including private equity firms Bessemer Venture Partners and Insight Venture Partners.
Represented TransCanada in its $505 million purchase of USGen New Englandís hydroelectric assets out of bankruptcy.
Represented Capital One in its acquisition of esmartloan.com from National Bank of Kansas City and esmartloan.com management.
Represented Marconi Corporation plc in connection with the divestiture of its Outside Plant, Power and Services businesses to Emerson Electric Co. for a total consideration of approximately $406 million in cash and assumed liabilities.
Represented Devon Energy in its $5.3 billion acquisition of Ocean Energy via a public merger.
Represented Arthur Andersen in the divestiture of its various offices and practice groups including multiple transactions involving the sale of its audit practice to several large, international accounting firms and the sale of its business consulting practice to KPMG Consulting, Inc.
Represented Brunswick Corporation in the sale of the assets of its Zebco fishing business.
Represented Illinois Tool Works in its $3.4 billion acquisition of Premark International, Inc. via a public merger.
Represented CIBC World Markets, as lender and financial advisor to Upper Deck, in connection with Upper Deck's unsolicited tender offer for The Topps Company.
Represented Edline LLC in connection with its acquisition of the assets of Orbis Software, Inc.
Represented Baxter Healthcare Corporation, as a shareholder in Corautus Genetics, Inc., in connection with the merger of Corautus and Via Pharmaceutical.
Represented Edline LLC, a website hosting and and portal solution, in connection with a dividend recapitalization transaction with American Capital.
Represented Go2Call, a venture-capital backed provider of Voice over Internet Protocol solutions, in the sale of its service provider and consumer businesses to deltathree, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed company.
Represented TransCanada Corporation in its acquisition from El Paso Corporation of ANR Pipeline Company, ANR Storage Company and an additional 3.55 percent interest in Great Lakes Gas Transmission Limited Partnership (Great Lakes) for a total purchase price (including assumed debt) of $3.4 billion; also represented TransCanada Corporation, as the general partner of TC PipeLines, LP, in a related transaction in which TC PipeLines acquired 46.45 percent of Great Lakes from El Paso Corporation for $962 million (including the assumption of debt).
Represented Aliaxis SA in connection with its tender offer for 100% of the outstanding shares of Durman Esquivel, a publicly traded Costa Rican company, and its related joint venture with the majority owner of Durman Esquivel with respect to their respective businesses located in Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
Represented bioMerieux SA in the sale of its coagulation product line, with assets in over 30 countries, to Trinity Biotech plc, a NASDAQ-listed company based in Ireland.
Represented Ryerson Tull in its acquisition of all of the stock of Integris Metals, Inc., a joint venture of Alcoa and BHP Billiton.
Represented GATX Corporation in the sale of the assets of its information technology equipment leasing subsidiary to CIT Group.
Represented LSG Lufthansa Service Holding AG, the airline catering division of the German airline Lufthansa, in connection with the sale of its US-based Chef Solutions subsidiary to Questor Management Company, a private equity firm.
Represented Marconi Corporation plc in connection with the sale of its North American Access Business to Advanced Fibre Communications, Inc. for a total consideration of $240 million.
Represented Marconi plc in the divestiture of its Marconi Data Systems subsidiary to Danaher Corporation.
Represented Yahoo! Inc. in the sale of its Warped Tour subsidiary.
Represented Brambles U.S.A., Inc. in the sale of its Brambles Equipment Services, Inc. subsidiary to National Equipment Services, Inc.
Represented Abbott Laboratories in the divestiture of its kits and trays product line to Smiths Group plc.
Represented Vysis, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed company, in its sale to Abbott Laboratories via a public tender offer.
Represented GATX Corporation in the divestiture of its terminals business to Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P.
Represented GATX Corporation in the sale of its logistics business to management and an investor group let by Oak Hill Capital.
Represented TransCanada Pipelines Limited in the sale of its ANGUS Chemical Company subsidiary to The Dow Chemical Company.
Represented Abbott Laboratories in its acquisition of International Murex Technologies Corporation via a public tender offer.
Represented Leonard Green Partners, LP in its leveraged purchase of over 100 community newspapers from Hollinger International Inc.
Northwestern University School of Law, JD, cum laude, 1997; Order of the Coif; Note and Comment Editor, Northwestern University Law Review, Colgate University, BA, magna cum laude, 1993; Phi Beta Kappa.