Brianne L. Kucerik

Biography

Brianne L. Kucerik
Brianne Kucerik is a partner in Weil’s Antitrust/Competition practice, with a focus on counseling clients through the antitrust merger review process and in antitrust government investigations and litigation. She has represented clients across a variety of industries on their most significant antitrust matters. Ms. Kucerik was named a “DC Rising Star” by The National Law Journal in 2017 and is recognized among the top U.S. antitrust practitioners in Legal 500 for Antitrust: Merger Control.

Ms. Kucerik has extensive experience obtaining regulatory clearance for complex, cross-border transactions in a wide range of industries. She counsels on all aspects of the antitrust merger review process, including advising on antitrust risk, engaging with the antitrust agencies, working with economic experts, negotiating remedies where necessary, coordinating with local counsel outside the United States, and advising on due diligence information exchange and pre-closing integration planning. Most recently, Ms. Kucerik played a lead role in securing antitrust clearance for a number of multi-billion dollar transactions involving well-known pharmaceutical and retail clients.

Ms. Kucerik also has done significant work for clients involved in antitrust government investigations and litigation, including persuading the antitrust enforcement agencies not to bring enforcement actions in non-merger matters and securing dismissal for clients in private antitrust class action litigations.

Prior to law school, Ms. Kucerik was a paralegal at the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, where she worked on merger and non-merger investigations in the telecommunications and media industries. Ms. Kucerik is active in antitrust bar activities and serves on the DC Bar Antitrust and Consumer Law Section Steering Committee.

Ms. Kucerik received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she served on the editorial board of the Journal of Law & Politics, and earned her bachelor of arts degree, cum laude, from Duke University.

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  • Scripps Merger Transaction with Discovery Communications, representing Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. in its $11.9 billion merger transaction with Discovery Communications, Inc.
  • Represented Signet Jewelers in its Acquisition of R2Net, lead role in securing antitrust clearance for Signet Jewelers Limited’s $328 million acquisition of R2Net, Inc., which owned JamesAllen.com, a fast-growing online jewelry retailer.
  • Represented L’Oréal in the Sale of The Body Shop to Natura, lead role in securing antitrust clearance for L’Oréal SA’s sale of The Body Shop to Natura Cosméticos SA for $1.1 billion.
  • Represented Chewy in its Merger with PetSmart, lead role in securing antitrust clearance for the $3.35 billion acquisition of Chewy Inc., an online pet retailer, by PetSmart, Inc.
  • Represented Allergan in its Acquisition of Zeltiq Aesthetics, lead role in securing antitrust clearance for Allergan plc’s $2.4 billion acquisition of Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc., a medical technology company behind a proprietary controlled-cooling fat reducing treatment.
  • Represented Sanofi in its Business Swap with Boehringer Ingelheim, secured antitrust clearance with limited divestitures for the $25 billion transaction to exchange Sanofi’s animal health business with the consumer healthcare business of Boehringer Ingelheim.
  • Represented Allergan in its License Agreement with Assembly Biosciences, lead role in securing antitrust clearance for Allergan plc’s license for worldwide rights to preclinical compounds from Assembly Biosciences, Inc.’s microbiome gastrointestinal development programs.
  • Represented Allergan in its Acquisition of LifeCell Corporation, lead role in securing antitrust clearance for Allergan plc’s $2.9 billion acquisition of LifeCell Corporation, a leading regenerative medicine company.
  • Represented Staples in its Sale of Staples Print Solutions, lead role in securing antitrust clearance for Staples Inc.’s sale of its Staples Print Solutions division to Taylor Communications, Inc.
  • Represented Allergan in its Acquisition of Tobira Therapeutics, lead role in securing antitrust clearance for Allergan plc’s acquisition of Tobira Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing therapies for non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and other liver diseases.
  • Represented Allergan in its Acquisition of Vitae Pharmaceuticals, lead role in securing antitrust clearance for Allergan plc’s $600 million acquisition of Vitae Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on medical dermatology.
  • Represented Allergan in its Sale of Anda, Inc. to Teva Pharmaceutical, lead role in securing antitrust clearance for Allergan plc’s $500 million sale of its Anda, Inc. distribution business to Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
  • Represented Hilton Worldwide in the OTA Antitrust Litigation, secured the dismissal of Hilton Worldwide in a federal multidistrict antitrust class action challenging alleged agreements between online travel companies and hotels regarding the retail prices for online hotel room reservations.
  • Represented Signet Jewelers in its Acquisition of Zale Corporation, lead role in securing antitrust clearance for Signet Jewelers Limited’s (Kay Jewelers, Jared The Galleria of Jewelry) $1.4 billion acquisition of Zale Corporation.
  • Represented Allergan in its Acquisition of KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals, secured antitrust clearance for Allergan plc’s $2.1 billion acquisition of KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals, Inc, a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel prescription products for the aesthetic medicine market.
  • Represented Array Biopharma as a Divestiture Buyer in Novartis/GSK Oncology Transaction, obtained approval for Array Biopharma Inc. as the divestiture buyer of Novartis AG’s BRAF and MEK inhibitor drugs, which were required to be divested by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and European Commission in order to secure clearance for Novartis AG’s acquisition of GlaxoSmithKline’s oncology portfolio.
  • Represented Actavis plc in its Acquisition of Allergan, secured antitrust clearance for Actavis plc, a specialty pharmaceutical company, in its $70.5 billion acquisition of Allergan, Inc., which at the time created one of the world’s top 10 pharmaceutical companies by sales revenue. 
  • Represented Johnson & Johnson in its Acquisition of Synthes, secured antitrust clearance, with limited divestitures, for Johnson & Johnson’s $19.7 billion acquisition of Synthes Inc., a Swiss-American orthopedic device manufacturer.
  • Represented Chrysler in the Grey Market Antitrust Litigation, represented Chrysler in lawsuits brought in both state and federal courts alleging that the automaker had illegally conspired to prevent new vehicles sold in Canada from entering the United States for resale and achieved victory for Chrysler when the federal district court granted summary judgment in favor of all remaining and non-bankrupt defendants, including Chrysler Canada.
  • Represented Florida Rock Industries in its Sale to Vulcan Materials, secured antitrust clearance, with limited divestitures, for the $4.2 billion acquisition of Florida Rock Industries Inc. by Vulcan Materials Company. At the time, Vulcan was the nation’s largest producer of construction aggregates and a major producer of other construction materials and Florida Rock was a leading producer of construction aggregates, cement, concrete, and concrete products in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states.
  • Represented Sherwin-Williams in its Acquisition of M.A. Bruder & Sons, secured antitrust clearance for The Sherwin-Williams Company’s acquisition of M.A. Bruder & Sons, a leading manufacturer and distributor of paints and coatings in the eastern and southeastern regions of the United States.
  • Represented Sherwin-Williams in its Acquisition of Duron, secured antitrust clearance for The Sherwin-Williams Company’s acquisition of Duron Co., a leading regional paint manufacturer. 

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