Chicago, 1 November 2010 –  William R. Kucera, a partner in the Corporate & Securities practice in the Chicago office of Mayer Brown, has been named to the prestigious Crain’s Chicago Business “40 Under 40” list, which annually honors emerging leaders in Chicago’s business community.  The list appeared in the November 1, 2010 issue of Crain’s Chicago Business.

Mr. Kucera concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions.   Despite the market slowdown because of the financial crisis, he played a lead role on M&A transactions with a value of more than $10 billion in 2009.  Three of those deals were for Chicago-area companies – Mead Johnson Nutrition Company’s $7.7 billion split off from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; the sale of SPSS to IBM for $1.2 billion; and the $831 million acquisition of iPCS by Sprint-Nextel Corporation.

In the article, Raymond Panza, former chief financial officer at SPSS, notes: “All lawyers do the legal things right, but this is a lawyer who looks at things like a businessman does.”
“Being named to the 40 Under 40 list is a significant achievement, and we congratulate Bill on this well-deserved honor,” said Mayer Brown chairman Bert Krueger.

Mr. Kucera, who has been with Mayer Brown since graduating from Northwestern Law School in 1997, has worked on other notable Chicago transactions, including the ground-breaking $12 billion merger in 2008 between CBOT Holdings and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

“I am honored to be recognized alongside so many impressive and accomplished leaders in the Chicago business community,” Mr. Kucera said.