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David A. Bronner

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David Bronner is a partner in the Corporate and Transactional Practice Area. He represents private companies including private equity funds, emerging growth companies and family-owned businesses, as well as public companies, in significant transactions and business strategy. His counsel to clients primarily relates to mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, securities, and general corporate law.

Mr. Bronner represents companies of all sizes in mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, industry consolidations and venture capital and private equity transactions. His work includes advising management groups in starting new businesses and growing their established companies. He also represents venture capital and private equity funds on all stages of their investments.

Mr. Bronner advises entrepreneurs on a broad range of general corporate and business counseling matters. Given his extensive experience advising executives and representing their businesses, he is called upon to serve as an expert witness in high-profile corporate law cases in the U.S. and internationally.

Professional Background

Mr. Bronner was previously a partner in the Chicago office of a large national law firm.


Mr. Bronner has been recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers - Mergers & Acquisitions, and by Illinois Leading Lawyers – Corporate Finance Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, and Securities and Venture Finance Law.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association Business Law Section’s Sub-Committee of the Committee on Negotiated Acquisitions (now the Committee on Mergers and Acquisitions); former co-chair when Sub-Committee published the Model Stock Purchase Agreement and Commentary, a highly regarded source for mergers and acquisitions lawyers
  • ABA Ad-Hoc Committee on Industry Consolidations and Roll-Ups, former chairman
  • Committee on Negotiated Acquisitions for the ABA’s Business Law Section, vice chair
  • ABA’s Public Company Task Force (which published the Model Merger Agreement and Commentary), active member
  • Board of Overseers for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at New York University, former member (20 years) 
  • University of Chicago Law School Council member
  • Ernst & Young LLP’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, judge (3 years) and chief judge (1 year)
  • Community vocational service agency, former member of board of directors (and executive committee) (10 years)
  • Chicago philanthropic organizations, member of several boards of directors

Speaking Engagements

  • Lectures regularly on mergers and acquisitions for the American Bar Association.
  • Moderator and speaker, Mid-Market Healthcare M&A & Corporate Development Conference, Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Participated in national satellite programs on mergers and acquisitions and programs of the National Institute of Negotiating Business Acquisitions, sponsored by the American Bar Association.
  • Chair, 9th Annual Negotiating and Drafting Business Agreements: Bulletproofing Your Documents, Chicago (and each of the prior eight years), sponsored by Insight Information Company.
  • Served as moderator of mergers and acquisitions presentations of Fulcrum Information Services program on mergers and acquisitions.
  • Addressed the Association of American Equipment Lessors and the Illinois Certified Public Accountants Association.
  • Represented Anomatic Holdings LLC, a portfolio company of Brookstone Partners, a New York City-based private equity firm, in the sale of Anomatic Corp. to a large German company.
  • Represented Diamond Products, LLC in the asset acquisition of a global distributor of consumer products.
  • Represented Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., L.P., Beecken Petty O’Keefe & Company and Coastwood Senior Housing Partners, LLC in connection with their bid to purchase out-of-bankruptcy Erickson Retirement Communities, LLC.
  • Represented Solara Healthcare LLC, the owner of a chain of long-term acute care hospitals, in its sale to Cornerstone Healthcare Group Holding, Inc., a portfolio company of Highland Capital.
  • Represented Brookstone Partners in its purchase of Lamtech, Inc., Denison Pharmaceuticals, LLC, Diamond Products, LLC and the purchase and subsequent sale of its interest in Woodcrafters Home Products Holding, LLC.
  • Represented Intra-Op Monitoring Services, a physician practice management company specializing in surgical monitoring services, in its sale to a private equity-sponsored buyer.
  • Represented DesignPac, Inc., a gift package company, in its sale to 1-800-Flowers.com, Inc.
  • Represented Merit Capital Partners in its acquisition of Cobra Wire & Cable Company, Inc., a manufacturer of specialty wire and cable products.
  • Represented Brookstone Partners in the acquisition and subsequent sale of Gemeinhardt Company, Inc., a manufacturer of musical instruments.
  • Represented Preferred Health Management, Inc., a physician practice management company, in its financing with Essex Woodlands Health Ventures, Capstone Ventures, and the LINC Group, Inc.
  • Represented Banc One Venture Partners in its investment in Pacer Propane, a natural gas distributor.
  • Represented Windpoint Partners and Alpha Capital Corporation in their investment in the Half Off Card Shop, Inc.
  • Represented Banc One Venture Partners in its investment in Flexys Holding B.V., a testing instruments manufacturer, a spin-off of Monsanto Company, with operations in the United States, Europe, and the Far East.
  • Represented CIVC Partners, LLC in its investment in NSP Holdings, LLC, which acquired Norcross Safety Products LLC and North Safety Products, a division of Siebe plc.
  • Represented The LINC Group, Inc., an equipment lessor, in all aspects of its venture capital leasing program.
  • Represented JK&B Capital in its investment in Icon Solutions Corporation.
  • Represented Willis Stein and Partners in its buyout of a major investor in Zeborg, Inc., a Willis Stein portfolio company.
  • Represented Laidlaw Waste Systems, Inc. in every aspect of its industry consolidation.
  • Represented United Waste Systems, Inc. in every aspect of its industry consolidation.
  • Represented MC Industries, Inc., a $100 million private equity-backed company financed by funds of GTCR, Madison Dearborn Partners, and Banc One Venture Partners.
  • Represented Fort Dearborn Partners, Inc., an investment banking firm, in multiple equity investments, including JAM TV, Puzzle Place Entertainment, and Palestra LLC.
  •  Represented H3, Inc., a sports headwear distributor, in its sale to Milestone Partners, a Philadelphia-based private equity group.
  • Represented EPS Solutions Corporation, a human services company, in its sale of its D’Accord Group to Dresdner Kleinwort Benson Leasing Limited.
  • Represented Recycling Industries, Inc. in its industry consolidation.
  • Represented State Street Bank & Trust Company, as Trustee, in the SCorp. ESOP transaction for Scitor Corporation, a federal consulting firm.

Expert Witness Services

  • Served as an expert witness in the precedent-setting Genesco-Finish Line case regarding interpretation of specific exclusions from a Material Adverse Effect clause in a public company, merger agreement.
  • Engaged to serve as an expert witness in the high-profile federal criminal prosecution of Joseph Collins, a senior partner at a major law firm, in connection with the Refco Securities fraud matter.
  • Serving as an expert witness on behalf of a senior partner at a major Chicago law firm in a legal malpractice arbitration proceeding.
  • Served as an expert witness on behalf of Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board, Providence Equity Partners, and Madison Dearborn Capital Partners in a claim by BCE, Inc. (Bell Canada) for $1.2 billion reverse termination fee.
  • Served as an expert witness on behalf of prominent Chinese businessmen in an international arbitration proceeding in Hong Kong involving a $40 million contractual dispute regarding the terms of the sale of securities to a private equity firm.
  • Engaged as an expert witness on behalf of two senior partners at a major Chicago law firm in a legal malpractice case.
  • Served as the expert witness on behalf of a privately owned company, in a lawsuit by an investor in a dispute focused on the binding nature of a letter of intent.