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Pran Jha


PRAN JHA is a partner in the Corporate practice group in the firm’s Chicago office. His principal areas of practice are Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Finance as well as General Corporate Counseling.

Mr. Jha has extensive experience representing purchasers and sellers in a variety of merger and acquisition transactions, including cross-border transactions.  Transactions in which he played a major role include Smith & Nephew plc’s offer for Centerpulse Ltd., NTT Communications Corporation’s purchase of Verio, Inc., Smith & Nephew plc’s purchase of ORATEC Interventions, Inc., the purchase of CareerBuilder, Inc. by Tribune Company and Knight Ridder, Inc., Owens Corning’s purchase of Fibreboard, Inc., the sale of The Chicago Dock & Canal Trust to Cityfront Center, LLC, the sale of Helene Curtis Industries, Inc. to Unilever plc and the sale of EMPHESYS Financial Group, Inc. to Humana Inc.  Mr. Jha also has experience with spin-offs, having represented Marshall & Ilsley Corporation in its sponsored spin-off of Metavante Corporation.

Mr. Jha has extensive experience with companies that develop and market medical products and pharmaceuticals, having represented such companies (and underwriters for such companies), including Baxter International Inc., Cephalon, Inc. and Smith & Nephew plc, in a variety of mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions and general corporate matters.

Mr. Jha also has been involved in the structuring and formation of numerous joint ventures involving industries including internet media, medical products and consumer products.

In addition, Mr. Jha has extensive experience in representing issuers, underwriters and investors in public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities.  Mr. Jha also has experience in representing private equity investors and entrepreneurs in the formation and funding of early stage companies.

Mr. Jha has been recognized by PLC Life Sciences as a leading lawyer in the area of corporate law, by Legal 500 as a leading lawyer in the area of life sciences corporate law and by Who’s Who Legal as a leading life sciences transactional lawyer. He has also recently been featured as a Life Sciences Star in the inaugural edition of LMG Life Sciences 2012 for his outstanding transactional work.

Mr. Jha is an Adjunct Professor at the Northwestern University School of Law.

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