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Pran Jha

Pran Jha

Sidley Austin LLP

Chicago, IL, USA



  • Corporate Governance and Executive Compensation
  • M&A
  • Securities


  • SEC Disclosure
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Life Sciences Transactions
  • Medical Devices
  • Pharmaceuticals


  • Life Sciences
  • Financial Services Industry


  • U.S. District Court, N.D. of Illinois - General, 1991
  • Illinois, 1991


  • The University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1991, cum laude)
  • University of Michigan (A.B., 1988, with high distinction)

PRAN JHA is a partner in the Corporate practice group in Sidley’s Chicago office. Mr. Jha has more than 20 years of experience representing clients in a variety of transactional matters including public and private M&A transactions, capital markets transactions, spin-offs, joint ventures and corporate governance matters.

Mr. Jha has been consistently recognized for his work advising life sciences and nutrition companies in a variety of transactional matters. He was named a leading lawyer in the area of Healthcare: Life Sciences by Legal 500, which noted that Mr. Jha “is incredibly responsive and gives intelligent and business savvy advice.” Mr. Jha was named a Life Sciences Star by LMG Life Sciences in 2012-2014 and has been recognized by Who’s Who Legal in 2011-2014 as a leading life sciences transactional lawyer. Mr. Jha represented GlaxoSmithKline plc in connection with its collaboration with Avalon Ventures, a transaction that was recognized as the “Financing of the Year” by the publication In Vivo.

Mr. Jha’s representative life sciences and nutrition product transactions include:

  • Smith & Nephew plc’s purchase of assets of Healthpoint Ltd.;
  • Smith & Nephew plc’s offer for Centerpulse Ltd. (terminated);
  • Smith & Nephew plc’s sale of its ENT business to Gyrus plc;
  • Smith & Nephew’s plc’s sale of its Donjoy business to Chase Capital Partners;
  • Smith & Nephew plc’s purchase of Oratec Inventions, Inc.;
  • GlaxoSmithKline plc’s collaboration with Avalon Ventures;
  • GlaxoSmithKline plc’s sale of HCV assets to Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.;
  • GlaxoSmithKline plc’s sale of certain consumer health brands to Prestige Brands, Inc.;
  • Cephalon, Inc.’s option to acquire and subsequent acquisition of Ception Therapeutics, Inc.;
  • Cephalon, Inc.’s investment in Acusphere, Inc.;
  • Cephalon, Inc.’s acquisition of Mepha AG;
  • Cephalon, Inc.’s collaboration with Mesoblast, Ltd. - named “2011 Deal of Distinction” by the Licensing Executive Society;
  • Viterra Inc.’s acquisition of Dakota Growers, Inc.;
  • Viterra Inc.’s acquisition of 21C Holdings, L.P.; and
  • Sale of assets of Gusto Packing Co., Inc. to Butterball, LLC.

Mr. Jha also has significant experience in public and private M&A transactions (including cross-border transactions), spin-offs and joint ventures involving a variety of industries, including manufacturing, consumer products and financial services.  Mr. Jha was named a leading lawyer in Mergers and Acquisitions Law by The Best Lawyers in America 2015. Representative transactions include:

  • Purchase of a majority interest in Cronos Limited by Bohai Leasing Co., Ltd.
  • Sale of GE SeaCo Ltd. to HNA Group;
  • Sponsored spin-off of Metavante Corporation by Marshall & Ilsley Corporation;
  • Consumer water purification joint venture between General Electric Company and Pentair, Inc.;
  • NTT Communications Corporation’s acquisition of Verio Inc.;
  • Purchase of Career Builder Inc. by Tribune Company and Knight Ridder, Inc. and the subsequent sales of interests in Career Builder to Gannett Co., Inc. and Microsoft Corporation;
  • Tellabs, Inc.’s acquisition of Coherent Communications, Inc.;
  • Sale of The Chicago Dock and Canal Trust to Cityfront Center LLC;
  • Sale of Helene Curtis Industries, Inc. to Unilever plc; and
  • Sale of Emphesys Financial Group, Inc. to Humana Inc.

Mr. Jha also routinely represents issuers and underwriters in a variety of capital markets transactions. Representative transactions include:

  • Representation of underwriters in connection with numerous offerings of debt securities (exceeding $9 billion in aggregate principal amount) by Baxter International Inc.;
  • Wintrust Financial Corporation’s offering $140 million of 5.0% Subordinated Notes;
  • Wintrust Financial Corporation’s offering of Convertible Preferred Stock;
  • Cephalon, Inc.’s offering of $920 million of 2.0% Convertible Senior Subordinated Notes;
  • Cephalon, Inc.’s offering of $435 million of 2.5% Convertible Senior Subordinated Notes;
  • Cephalon, Inc.’s offering of Common Stock;
  • Davita Inc.’s offering of $500 million of Senior Notes and $850 million of Junior Subordinated Notes;
  • Representation of the underwriters in connection with Marlin Business Services Corporation’s offering of Common Stock; and
  • Representation of the underwriters in connection with American Classic Voyages Co.’s offering of Common Stock and 7% Trust Convertible Preferred Securities.

Memberships & Activities

  • American Bar Association;
  • Chicago Bar Association;
  • Adjunct Professor of Law – Northwestern University School of Law; and
  • Member – Economic Club of Chicago.
Pran Jha is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Indemnification Provisions (March 3, 2017) - 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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