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Education
  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1975
  • Northwestern University, B.A., 1972
Bar & Court Admissions
  • State of Illinois

John E. Freechack

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T. 312.984.3223
F. 312.984.3150

John is Chairman of the firm's Financial Institutions Group.

In addition to heading the firm’s banking practice, John has advised hundreds of financial institutions on strategic, corporate governance and other matters for over 25 years. His extensive experience includes the representation of numerous public companies, as well as regional and community banks. John spends considerable time counseling institutions with respect to mergers and acquisitions, regulatory enforcement, and securities and corporate law matters.

John has been teaching banking law and regulation at Northwestern University School of Law since 2001.  He previously taught bank holding company law at Chicago Kent College of Law's graduate program in financial services law and has been a visiting lecturer at other law schools. He is a well-known speaker at national conferences involving the financial institutions area, addressing bank trade associations, regulators and industry groups across the country (link:  Full List of Speaking Engagements). He is one of only three recipients of the Illinois Bankers Association’s Distinguished Bank Counsel Award.

He is the Co-Editor of the two-volume handbook, Advising Illinois Financial Institutions.  A long time member of the American Bar Association Business Law Section’s Banking Law Committee, he is the founder and also served as Chairman of its Community Bank Matters Subcommittee.

Professional Activities

  • Northwestern University School of Law, Adjunct Professor/Banking Law, since 2001
  • Recipient of IBA’s Distinguished Bank Counsel Award
  • Chairman, ABA Business Law Section’s Community Banking Subcommittee
  • Graduate financial services program IIT/Chicago Kent College of Law, Adjunct Professor
  • American Bar Association Banking Law Committee, since 1981
  • Co-Editor of the two volume Advising Illinois Financial Institutions (2006)

Professional Honors

  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Banking & Finance Law, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell™
  • Selected, Illinois Super Lawyers (2009-2013)
  • Selected, Leading Lawyers Network (2009-2014)
  • Selected,  Banking and Finance Law and Financial Services Regulation Law,The Best Lawyers in America® (2007-2014)
  • Selected, Chicago's Best Lawyers

Representative Matters

  • Bank Mergers and Acquisitions

    SNL Securities rankings listed our firm #1 in the nation in number of announced bank and thrift merger and acquisition transactions during the past three years. For the last decade, our firm ranked #1 in the Midwest. In total, we have represented buyers and sellers of financial institutions in more than 200 mergers and acquisitions.

  • Financial Institutions

    The Financial Institutions Group has grown to 30 lawyers representing over 250 banks across the country. The group prides itself in providing to banks the same efficient, experienced and responsive service that its banking clients provide to their customers. As a result, we are a national leader in bank M&A deals the past 5 years. We also have one of the largest groups of regulatory attorneys in the country serving regional and community banks in regulatory enforcement, workout, restructuring and compliance matters.

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