Marc F. Sperber is a transactional attorney and corporate advisor whose practice focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions. Marc represents buyers, sellers and financial intermediaries in connection with stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures, mergers, joint ventures, strategic alliances, financings, tender and exchange offers, shareholder arrangements and a variety of other transactions involving US, foreign and multinational corporations and other public and private entities.
He also represents companies in connection with corporate governance, defensive measures (including shareholders’ rights plans) and other matters. Chambers USA noted “Marc has real practical business sense about the law and M&A” and is “a very customer-friendly attorney” that “will try and put the client in the best possible position with the best leverage”…. a “diligent, proactive attorney with a ‘client-first’ approach”…a “quality lawyer” and a “great service provider”…having the “ability to provide positive counsel to his clients that extends far beyond technical knowledge of the law.”
In 2015 and 2016, Marc was selected as a “BTI Client Service All-Star” by BTI Consulting Group, one of 354 US lawyers “commanding the attention of corporate counsel for delivering exceptional client service to Fortune 1000 clients.” Each year since 2006, he has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in Americaand named an “Illinois Super Lawyer.”
Marc has also been designated a “Leading Lawyer” by the Leading Lawyers Network for Mergers & Acquisitions Law and endorsed by PLC Which Lawyer? as a leading practitioner in Cross-border Mergers and Acquisitions.
Marc is the Global Head of the firm’s Corporate & Securities practice, a member of the firm’s Chemicals, Oil & Gas and Infrastructure Investment groups. Marc joined Mayer Brown in 1992, left the firm briefly to accept a position with Credit Suisse First Boston Corporation, and resumed his practice with Mayer Brown in 1999.
- University of Rochester, BA, cum laude
- Georgetown University – The Robert Emmet McDonough School of Business, MBA
- Georgetown University Law Center, JD, cum laude
Admissions : Illinois
- American Bar Association, Section of Corporation, Business, and Banking Law
- World Business Chicago, Legal Advisory Board
- Represented TransCanada Corporation in its $13 billion acquisition of Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc.
- Represented The Dow Chemical Company in its $860 million sale of AgroFresh, Inc., a post-harvest specialty chemical business, to Boulevard Acquisition Corp.
- Represented MATCO Holdings, LP (f/k/a P4 Holdings, LP) in the $667 million sale of its wholly owned subsidiary, Healthcare Solutions Holding, LLC to Cardinal Health, Inc.
- Represented TransCanada Corporation in its $2.9 billion acquisition of the Ravenswood Power Generating Facility from National Grid plc.
- Represented The Dow Chemical Company in connection with the formation of America Styrenics LLC, a joint venture with Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP involving assets from their respective polystyrene and styrene monomer businesses.
- 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 TransCanada Corporation in its $505 million acquisition of US Gen New England’s hydroelectric assets located on the Connecticut and Deerfield rivers in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
- Represented George Weston Limited in its $1.765 billion acquisition of Bestfoods Baking Company, a subsidiary of Unilever.
- Represented Case Corporation in its $4.3 billion merger with New Holland N.V., a subsidiary of Italy’s Fiat SpA. (represented Case Corporation as an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston).
- Represented ACE Limited in its $599 million acquisition of Tempest Reinsurance Company Limited, which involved a hostile bid from IPC Holdings, Inc., for Tempest.
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