Richard M. Brand - Partner

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New York
Phone: +1 212-446-6454
Fax: +1 212-446-6460
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Professional Profile

Richard M. Brand is a corporate partner in Kirkland's New York office. His experience includes mergers and acquisitions, general corporate advisory work and securities offerings for investment banks and other corporate clients. In addition, Richard has represented entrepreneurs in joint ventures with strategic and financial partners. Richard also has extensive experience representing activist investors. Richard was named a New York "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers magazine each year from 2011 to 2014 for his corporate practice.

Prior to joining Kirkland, Richard was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP from 2007 to 2010. Richard was previously a staff writer for The Miami Herald from 2002 to 2004.


Representative Matters

Richard has advised clients on numerous significant matters, including the representation* of:

  • Evercore Group L.L.C. in its rendering of a fairness opinion to the transaction committee of the board of Star Bulk Carriers Corp. in its pending $653 million acquisition of Oceanbulk Shipping LLC and Oceanbulk Carriers LLC

  • Furiex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in its $1.1 billion sale to Forest Laboratories, Inc.

  • Activist investor Bill Ackman's hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management in its partnership with Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. to make an approximately $54 billion unsolicited takeover bid for Allergan, Inc.

  • Citigroup Global Markets Inc. as financial advisor to Horizon Pharma, Inc. in its pending $660 million acquisition of Vidara Therapeutics

  • AMCOL International Corporation in the $1.7 billion sale of the company to Minerals Technologies Inc.

  • Vista Equity Partners in its $1.05 billion acquisition of The Active Network, Inc.

  • Pershing Square Capital Management in its acquisition of a 9.8% stake in Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

  • rue21, inc. in the $1.1 billion sale of the company to Apax Partners

  • 3G Capital in its $28 billion acquisition, together with Berkshire Hathaway, of H. J. Heinz Company

  • Pershing Square Capital Management in its $271.9 million sale of General Growth Properties, Inc. warrants to Brookfield Asset Management Inc. and the entry by the parties into various undertakings to improve GGP's corporate governance

  • Ad hoc committee of charter-in tonnage providers to TORM A/S, including Prime Marine, BW Maritime and FSL Trust, in connection with TORM's $1.8 billion restructuring

  • Prime Marine, an Athens-based ship management company, in the acquisition by an affiliate of two Long Range 1 product tankers

  • Danaher Corporation in its $338 million acquisition of IRIS International, Inc.

  • Evercore Group L.L.C. in its rendering of a fairness opinion to the board of M&T Bank Corporation in its pending $3.7 billion acquisition of Hudson City Bancorp, Inc.

  • Pershing Square Capital Management in its $195 million sale of its minority stake in Brazilian shopping mall company Aliansce Shopping Centers S.A. to General Growth Properties, Inc.

  • Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. in its $285.5 million acquisition of 12 television stations from Newport Television, LLC

  • Pershing Square Capital Management in its successful bid to elect a slate of seven candidates to the board of directors of Canadian Pacific Railway Limited

  • Solutia Inc. in the $4.7 billion sale of the company to Eastman Chemical Co.

  • Oaktree Capital Management LP in its $1.13 billion acquisition, via a plan of reorganization under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code, of General Maritime Corporation

  • Tronox Incorporated in its $3.4 billion acquisition of the South African and Australian mineral sands business of Exxaro Resources Ltd. of South Africa

  • Oaktree Capital Management LP in connection with the private equity firm's $670 million offer for toymaker Jakks Pacific Inc.

  • Evercore Group L.L.C. as financial advisor to DryShips Inc. in its $239 million acquisition of OceanFreight Inc.

  • Constellation Energy Group, Inc., parent company of Baltimore Gas & Electric Company, in connection with its $7.9 billion merger with Exelon Corporation

  • Liquor industry veteran David Kanbar, co-founder of the Skinnygirl spirits brand, in the sale of the brand to Beam Global Spirits & Wine, the premium spirits business of Fortune Brands, Inc.

  • Danaher Corporation in the $685 million sale of its Pacific Scientific Aerospace business to Meggitt PLC

  • ABB Ltd in its $4.2 billion acquisition of Baldor Electric Company

  • Pershing Square Capital Management in its acquisition of a 16.5% stake in retailer J.C. Penney and subsequent agreement with the company to allow Pershing to own up to 26.1% of the retailer

  • Raphael Yakoby, a New York-based entrepreneur, in the sale to Diageo of a minority interest in a joint venture that owns the 22 Marquis line of spirits

  • Costamare Inc., an Athens-based container shipping company, in its initial public offering

  • SEMCO Energy, Inc. in a joint venture between SEMCO and MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company to construct, own and operate an underground natural gas storage system in the Cook Inlet region of South-central Alaska

  • Raphael Yakoby in the sale to Diageo of a majority interest in a joint venture that owns NUVO, the ultra-premium imported sparkling liqueur

  • IBM in its $1.4 billion acquisition of Sterling Commerce, Inc. from AT&T

  • Johnson & Johnson in its $438 million acquisition of Omrix Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.

  • Safe Bulkers, Inc., an Athens-based dry bulk shipping company, in its initial public offering and in various subsequent securities offerings

  • Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PSEG) in the $685 million sale to AEI of its ownership interests in the Chilean electric distributor Chilquinta EnergĂ­a S.A. and the Peruvian electric distributor Luz del Sur S.A.A.

*Certain representations occurred prior to Richard's association with Kirkland.

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