Kristian A. Werling - McDermott Will & Emery


Kristian (Krist) Werling represents private equity and strategic investors in a wide variety of transactional matters in the healthcare and life sciences industry. In this capacity, he works with cross-disciplinary teams to conduct legal due diligence and execute acquisitions and divestitures as well as provide ongoing legal services to portfolio companies. Krist is a co-head of the Firm’s Private Equity Practice Group and serves as an elected member of the Firm’s Management Committee.

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  • Ampersand Capital Partners in its investment in vivitide and its subsequent merger with Biosynth Carbosynth, a UK-based KKR portfolio company, Tjoapack, Canopy Biosciences, Zellwerkraft, Adaptas/ETP Ion Detect, Cadence Fluidics, Pharma Packaging Solutions, Applied Kilovolts, Genome Diagnostics and Sanova Dermatology as well as the sale of Adaptas Solutions to IMI Plc
  • Amulet Capital Partners in a number of transactions, including the formation of and investment in US Fertility through the acquisition of Integramed, Shady Grove Fertility and Ovation Fertility as well as the formation and investment in Choice Healthcare Services and a healthcare marketing and growth platform Unlock Health
  • WindRose Health Investors in the acquisition and sale of Celerion and Medical Knowledge Group, the acquisition of Trumpet Behavioral Health and its subsequent combination with BlueSprig Pediatrics, a KKR portfolio company, the acquisition of Lykan Biosciences and its subsequent combination with RoslinCT, a GHO portfolio company, its investment in Thirdwave RX and its majority control investments in Veristat and RevHealth

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  • Crain’s Chicago Business, Notable Gen X Leader in Law, 2021
  • Chambers USA, Private Equity: Buyouts, 2022-2023
  • The Legal 500 US, Recommended, 2017, 2019 and 2022-2023

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  • North Park University Board of Trustees
  • American Health Lawyers Association, former chair of the Life Science Practice Group, and editor in chief of the second edition of The Fundamentals of Life Sciences Law: Drugs, Devices, and Biotech


Northwestern University J.L. Kellogg School of Management, MBA, 2010
University of Illinois College of Law, JD, magna cum laude, 2002
North Park University Chicago, BA, cum laude, 1999