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Brent E. Williams

Brent E. Williams

K&L Gates LLP

Chicago, IL, USA

Brent concentrates his practice on corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, private equity/venture capital transactions, and private and public offerings of preferred and common stock.  He also advises clients on general corporate matters, business formation, corporate governance, and commercial contracts.  Brent has worked with clients from a variety of industries, including automotive, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, technology, food and beverage, sports, and mining, in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

Professional Background

Prior to practicing at K&L Gates, Brent was a corporate associate in the Chicago office of an international law firm, where he concentrated on mergers and acquisitions, investment fund formations, securities, and general corporate matters.

Speaking Engagements

“Special Issues Involved in Acquiring Divisions or Subsidiaries of Larger Companies” - Practising Law Institute’s Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company, Chicago, Illinois (June 1, 2016 & May 20, 2015)

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Cycle For Survival


  • Illinois


J.D., The Ohio State University School of Law, 2003 (summa cum laude; Order of the Coif; Associate Editor, Ohio State Law Journal)

B.S., University of Dayton, 2000 (magna cum laude)

Representative Work

  • Represented PharMEDium Healthcare Holdings, Inc., the leading national provider of outsourced compounded sterile preparations to acute care hospitals in the United States, in its sales to:
    • AmerisourceBergen Corporation for $2.6 billion.
    • Clayton Dubilier & Rice of a controlling interest.
  • Represented LKQ Corporation (Nasdaq: LKQ), a distributor of aftermarket and recycled automotive parts, in its:
    • Sale of its automotive original equipment manufacturer glass business to Vitro S.A.B. de C.V. for $310 million and related carve-out of the retained aftermarket glass distribution business.
    • Acquisition of Pittsburgh Glass Works LLC from Kohlberg & Co. LLC and PPG for $635 million.
    • Acquisition of Keystone Automotive Operations, Inc. from Platinum Equity for $450 million.
    • Acquisition of Stag Parkway Holding Company, a leading supplier of replacement parts for RVs.
    • Acquisition of The Coast Distribution System, Inc. (NYSE MKT: CRV) for an enterprise value of approximately $45 million pursuant to a tender offer and second step merger.
  • Represented Robert Bosch in the:
    • Acquisition of Seeo, Inc., a Silicon Valley battery-technology startup company.
    • Sale of its 50% joint venture interest in Purolator Filters NA, LLC to co-venturer Mann+Hummel GmbH pursuant to an auction transaction.
  • Represented Advance America, Cash Advance Centers, Inc. (NYSE: AEA), the largest non-bank provider of cash advance services in the U.S, in its going private acquisition by Grupo Elektra, a transaction valued at approximately $780 million.
  • Represented Hecla Mining Company (NYSE: HL), a silver and other precious metalsmining company, in its acquisitions of:
    • Mines Management, Inc. (NYSE MKT: MGN), the owner of the Montanore silver and copper project, for approximately $46 million in Hecla stock via a public merger.
    • Revett Mining Company, Inc. (NYSE MKT: RVM), a silver and copper mining company, for approximately $19 million in Hecla stock via a public merger.
    • The Monte Cristo property from Crown Gold Corporation pursuant to an asset purchase.
  • Represented Nuveen Investments, a leading global provider of investment services, in its acquisition of Incapital’s Unit Investment Trust (UIT) platform.
  • Represented Mandalay Baseball Properties, LLC, the owner and operator of certain minor league baseball teams, in the sales of:
    • The Dayton Dragons to Palisades Arcadia Baseball LLC.
    • The Frisco RoughRiders to a group led by former Texas Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg.
    • The Oklahoma City RedHawks to agroup affiliated with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Mandalay Entertainment Group.
    • Its 50% interest in The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders to SWB Investor LLC.
    • The Erie SeaWolves to a group controlled by Fernando Aguirre, former CEO of Chiquita Brands International.
  • Represented Jim Beam Brands Co., a subsidiary of Beam, Inc. (NYSE: BEAM), in its acquisition of the Skinnygirl® spirits brand.
  • Represented Insulation Fabricators, Inc. in the sale of its distribution and fabrication of thermal and acoustical insulation products business to Distribution International, a portfolio company of private equity firm Advent International.
  • Represented Strom Products Ltd., a pasta manufacturer, in its asset sale of pasta brands to New World Pasta, a subsidiary of Ebro Foods for $50 million.
  • Represented Richards Building Supply Co. in its building supply asset acquisitions from:
    • Jim Waters Co.
    • RBK Building Materials.
  • Represented individual founders of Keenan Development of Washington and Fort Detrick Cogen Partners, a central utility plant services provider, in the sale of their interests to First Reserve Corporation.
  • Represented numerous Nuveen Investments sponsored closed-end funds in the creation and issuance of preferred share securities in public and private offerings.
  • Represented Ridge Capital Partners, a private equity sponsor, in its leveraged buyout of a waste management company.
  • Represented The Edgewater Funds, a Chicago-based private equity firm, in:
    • The sale of its interests in an information technology services provider to Snow Phipps Group, LLC.
    • The leveraged stock acquisition and recapitalization of American Piping Products, a steel pipe distributor.
  • Represented Hospira, Inc. (NYSE: HSP) in its acquisition of Physiometrix, Inc. (Nasdaq: PHYX), a developer of non-invasive medical devices, for approximately $23 million via a public merger.
  • Represented CB Richard Ellis Investors in its acquisition of a majority interest in Wood Partners, a national multi-family housing developer.
  • Represented a European private equity fund in its majority investment in Trilogy Health Services, LLC, a leading provider of senior care services.
  • Represented the principals of Elgin National Industries, an industrial equipment manufacturer and engineering/construction services provider, in their sale of equity to GFI Energy Ventures.
  • Represented Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE: COF) in its acquisition of Onyx Acceptance Corporation (Nasdaq: ONYX), a specialty automobile finance company, for approximately $190 million via a public merger.
  • Represented Marconi Corporation plc in the sale of its:
    • US Outside Plant, Power and Services and Test System businesses to Emerson Electric Co. for $406 million.
    • North American Access Business to Advanced Fibre Communications, Inc. for $240 million.
  • Represented NewGround International, Inc., a designer and builder of retail and corporate environments in the acquisition of the Design Iterative business from Acrylic Design Associates.
  • Represented THINK Global School, an international traveling boarding school, in connection with its inaugural and subsequent school terms.
  • Represented Congelados Don Jose, a Mexican-based producer of vegetables, in its acquisition of Birds Eye Foods, Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of frozen vegetables.


  • “Issues Pertaining to Acquiring a Division or Subsidiary,” Practising Law Institute - Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company, February 2015
Brent E. Williams is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Issues Pertaining to Acquiring a Division or Subsidiary - Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2017, Monday, June 26, 2017
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2018, Wednesday, June 06, 2018, Chicago, IL

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