William R. Kucera: Lawyer with Mayer Brown LLP

William R. Kucera

Chicago,  IL  U.S.A.
Phone312 701 7296

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Practice Areas

  • Corporate & Securities
  • Financial Institutions M&A
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Insurance
  • Transactions
  • Bermuda & Other Offshore Reinsurance
  • Complex Reinsurance Transactions
  • Reinsurance Run-off and Insolvency
  • Insurance Linked Securities
  • Insurance Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Insurance Outsourcing & Information Technology
  • Insurance Regulatory & Compliance
  • Insurance Tax
  • Life Insurance & Reinsurance Transactions
  • Pension De-Risking & Longevity Solutions
Contact InfoTelephone: 312 701 7296
Fax: 312 706 8138
University Colgate University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1993
Law SchoolNorthwestern University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1997
Admitted1997, Illinois


Member of Board of Directors, The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois


Bill “takes client service to levels that few other attorneys attain or could attain. He develops a special rapport with his clients - when combined with his deep experience, perspective and humor, this helps clients practically weigh matters and explore options without getting lost in the weeds or risking making short-sighted decisions.”

Legal 500 2014 William Kucera is Co-Chair of Mayer Brown's M&A practice in the Americas. He concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions. He represents buyers and sellers in connection with stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures, public and private mergers, tender and exchange offers, joint ventures, and venture capital and other private equity investments. He also represents companies in connection with corporate governance and defensive measures, including shareholder rights plans and related matters.

Bill was recognized by Chambers USA (2010-2014) as one of the top Corporate M&A lawyers in Illinois and by Legal 500 US (2010 and 2012-2014) as one of the leading lawyers for large M&A deals. Chambers USA 2013 notes his ability to provide top-quality legal work, often under tight deadlines, all the while maintaining a practical approach and understanding the business objectives. Chambers USA 2012 singled out Bill for his “excellent work ethic and judgment.” Bill has also been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America every year since 2009, has been chosen as an “Illinois Super Lawyer” every year since 2009, was included in the International Who’s Who of Mergers & Acquisition Lawyers 2013, was named a leading lawyer in Who’s Who Legal: Corporate - M&A and Governance 2015, and has been named a Leading Lawyer by the Leading Lawyers Network in four categories (Corporate Finance Law, Mergers & Acquisition Law, Publicly Held Corporations Law and Securities & Venture Finance Law). In 2015, Bill was named to The Deal’s inaugural Advisory Committee, which advises on The Deal’s editorial and product-development efforts and is composed of a highly selective cross-section of the deal-making community.

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William R. Kucera

71 S. Wacker Drive
ChicagoIL 60606


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