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Brian C. Wheeler

Brian C. Wheeler

DLA Piper LLP

East Palo Alto, CA, USA


Brian Wheeler focuses his practice on public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, corporate governance and financial advisor representations. He also has extensive experience in cross-border M&A transactions.

Brian’s work encompasses a wide variety of industries, including technology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, telecommunications, energy and financial services.

EXPERIENCE

Brian's recent transactions include the representation of:

  • NASDAQ-listed Move, Inc., operator of realtor.com, in its US$995 million sale to News Corporation
  • ProteinSimple in its US$300 million sale to Techne Corporation
  • CardioKinetix in its US$50 million financing and entry into a merger option agreement granting Edwards Lifesciences Corporation the right to acquire the company
  • Kik Interactive, Inc. in its acquisition of Endemic Mobile, developer of the Relay GIF messaging app
  • Paratek Pharmaceuticals in its acquisition of NASDAQ-listed Transcept Pharmaceuticals and its related US$93 million financing
  • Jaspersoft in its US$185 million sale to TIBCO Software, Inc.
  • Griffin Holdings LLC in its acquisition of NASDAQ-listed Tufco Technologies, Inc.
  • Jazz Pharmaceuticals in its acquisition of the rights to ADX-NO5 from Aerial BioPharma
  • Brocade Communications in the sale of its adapter and mezzanine card business to Qlogic Corporation
  • NextBio in its sale to Illumina, Inc.
  • Simcere Pharmaceutical Holding in a broad-ranging strategic partnership with Merck & Co., Inc. for the sale and potential manufacturing of medicines in China, including the establishment of an equity joint venture and the co-marketing and co-promotion of various Merck- and Simcere-branded medicines
  • FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation in its US$995 million acquisition of NASDAQ-listed SonoSite, Inc.
  • The special committee of the board of directors of China Real Estate Information Corporation in its US$278 million acquisition by its majority shareholder E-House (China) Holdings Limited
  • SINA Corporation in connection with its investments in Tudou Holdings Limited and E-House (China) Holdings Limited and various other general corporate matters
  • Shiseido Company, Limited in its US$1.7 billion acquisition of NASDAQ-listed Bare Escentuals, Inc.
  • Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd. in its acquisition of Banco WestLB do Brasil S.A. from WestLB AG; its US$120 million investment in and strategic alliance with Evercore Partners Inc.; and its US$1.2 billion investment in Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.
  • Goldman Sachs Principal Investments Area in investments in a PRC-based media company and a Korean pharmaceutical company
  • The Longreach Group in its US$694 million acquisition of a 51 percent interest in EnTie Commercial Bank, Ltd.

PRESENTATIONS AND SEMINARS

  • Key executive compensation issues in M&A transactions for in-house counsel, 6 Apr 2016
  • Key executive compensation issues in M&A transactions for in-house counsel, 5 Apr 2016

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Earlier in his career, Brian practiced in Tokyo for seven years and in London for four years.

CREDENTIALS

Education

New York University School of Law J.D.
Robert McKay Scholar

B.A., University of Chicago
General Honors

Waseda University, one-year study abroad program

Admissions

California

New York

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