Piotr (Pete) E. Korzynski is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Corporate & Securities Group in Chicago. He has experience advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, equity transfers, corporate finance, SEC compliance matters, shareholder activism and corporate governance.
Pete has also maintained an active pro bono practice and has previously served as the Chair of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law’s Professionals’ Council, a volunteer board supporting the organization’s national anti-poverty advocacy. He has represented the Shriver Center and asylum applicants in various US federal appellate matters, including argument and briefing in Ferreira v. Lynch, 831 F.3d 803 (7th Cir. 2016) (clarifying that adverse credibility findings against asylum applicants may not be based on trivial inconsistencies from, or on otherwise unreliable, preliminary interviews).
Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Pete was an attorney in the corporate practice group of a New York-based international law firm. He also previously served as an extern to the Honorable Joan B. Gottschall, judge of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. While in law school, Pete served as a senior editor and articles committee member of the Stanford Law & Policy Review.
Representative Legal Matters
Since joining the Firm, Pete has worked on the following representative matters:
- Represented Bayer AG in its acquisition of Asklepios BioPharmaceutical, Inc., a private gene therapy company, in a transaction valued at up to USD 4 billion, including potential milestone payments.
- Represented H. Lundbeck A/S in its acquisition of Alder Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., a company focused on migraine treatment and prevention, in a transaction valued at USD 1.95 billion in cash and contingent value rights.
- Represented LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE in its acquisition of Belmond Ltd., owner, part-owner or manager of 45 luxury hotel, restaurant, train and river cruise properties, in a transaction with an enterprise value of USD 3.2 billion.
- Represented Archer Daniels Midland Company in its EUR 1.5 billion acquisition of Neovia, a global provider of animal nutrition solutions.
- Represented Donaldson Company, Inc. in its proposed sale of an auto filtration business division to a private equity buyer.
- Represented Indra Sistemas, S.A. in its acquisition of a private company focused on energy transmission software and services.
Prior to joining the Firm, Pete worked on the following representative matters:
- Represented Ball Corporation in its USD 8.4 billion acquisition of Rexam PLC and its related divestiture of USD 3.42 billion in assets to Ardagh Group S.A.
- Represented The Hillshire Brands Company in its proposed USD 6.6 billion acquisition of Pinnacle Foods Inc. and subsequent USD 8.55 billion sale in an unsolicited and contested transaction to Tyson Foods, Inc.
- Represented Wisconsin Energy Corporation in its USD 5.7 billion acquisition of Integrys Energy Group, Inc.
- Represented Horizon Pharma Public Limited Company in its unsolicited USD 2.26 billion tender offer to acquire Depomed, Inc.
- Represented Stryker Corporation in its USD 1.65 billion acquisition of MAKO Surgical Corp. and its USD 664 million acquisition of Entellus Medical, Inc.
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit~United States (2013)
- Illinois~United States (2012)
- Stanford Law School (JD with Pro Bono Distinction, Gerald Gunther Prize for Outstanding Performance in Constitutional Law I) (2012)
- University of Chicago (BA with general honors, Phi Beta Kappa, Lee Family Prize) (2007)
Author, "'Forcing the Offer': Considerations for Deal Certainty and Support Agreements in Delaware Two-Step Mergers," Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, 2 April 2018