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Michael F. DeFranco

Michael F. DeFranco

Baker & McKenzie LLP

Chicago, IL, USA

Mr. DeFranco concentrates on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance as well as general corporate and securities matters. He represents buyers, sellers and their financial advisers in a wide variety of transactions - including negotiated and contested public and private acquisitions and divestitures, cross-border transactions (both inbound and outbound) and other strategic alliances. Mr. DeFranco also advises public companies on compliance issues. Mr. DeFranco has been listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for corporate matters.

Practice focus

Mergers and acquisitions, securities, corporate governance, commercial agreements and corporate counseling

Representative clients, cases or matters

Mergers and Acquisitions/Commercial Contracts and Licenses

  • Represented the special committee of the board of directors of Telvent GIT S.A. in Schneider Electric’s tender offer to acquire 100 percent of the shares of Telvent
  • Represented Abbott Laboratories in multiple transactions, including (i) Abbott’s acquisition of the pharmaceuticals business of the Solvay Group; (ii) Abbott’s sale of Innogenetics NV; and (iii) Abbott’s acquisition of TheraSense, Inc.
  • Represented Safran S.A. in multiple transactions, including: (i) Safran’s acquisition of Harvard Custom Manufacturing, Inc.; and (ii) Safran’s sales of Cinch Connectors and Globe Motors
  • Represented Hospira, Inc. in its acquisition of the generic injectable pharmaceuticals business of Orchid Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
  • Represented Gas Natural SDG, S.A. in multiple transactions, including: (i) Gas Natural’s disposition of a minority stake in its operations in Argentina; (ii) Gas Natural’s acquisition of assets in Mexico; and (iii) Gas Natural’s attempted unsolicited acquisition of Endesa, S.A.
  • Represented Mecalux S.A. in connection with the acquisition of the racking business of UFC Interlake out of bankruptcy
  • Represented Guidant Corporation in the attempted acquisition of Guidant by Johnson & Johnson
  • Represented office supplies maker General Binding Corporation in the spin-off of ACCO World Corporation from Fortune Brands, Inc. and the subsequent merger of ACCO and General Binding
  • Represented Grove Worldwide, Inc. in its stock-for-stock merger with heavy equipment maker Manitowoc Company, Inc.
  • Represented a private US company in the sale of a TV station to Fox Television Stations Inc.
Corporate Governance & Board Advice
  • Advises public companies on compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act
  • Advises NYSE and Nasdaq listed companies on compliance with listing standards
Publications, presentations and articles
  • "Delaware Supreme Court Examines Damage Claims for Alleged Disclosure Violations in J.P. Morgan Chase/Bank One Merger", Securities Litigation Report
  • "Oracle, eBay & Martha Stewart: Director Independence and Special Committees in the New Era of Corporate Governance", The M&A Lawyer (September 2004)
Education and admission

Mr. DeFranco is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (B.A., summa cum laude, 1994), Yale University (M.A., 1997) and Columbia University School of Law (J.D., Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, 1998). Mr. DeFranco is admitted to practice law in New York and Illinois.

Global areas of practice

Corporate & Securities



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