Practice Areas
  • Indiana University School of Law, J.D., 1993
  • Ball State University, Honors College, B.S., 1987
Bar & Court Admissions
  • State of Illinois
  • State of Indiana

J. Brent McCauley

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T. 312.629.5129
F. 312.984.3150

Brent has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry.  He began his career as an examiner with the Office of Thrift Supervision in 1989, where he also worked as a fraud investigator.  After law school, Brent was senior regulatory counsel in the legal department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, handling complex regulatory and supervisory matters.  He left the Federal Reserve in 1999 to work as the Assistant General Counsel for Carr Futures, a futures commission merchant subsidiary of Credit Agricole.  Prior to joining Barack Ferrazzano, he was a partner in the corporate and financial services department of another Chicago law firm.

Brent's practice includes representation of a wide variety of financial institutions, including insurance companies and agencies, broker-dealers, investment advisers, hedge funds and other private equity funds, as well as banks and bank holding companies.  He advises these entities on matters such as formation, capital restructuring, mergers, acquisitions and other business combinations as well as regulatory matters affecting such institutions, including capital requirements, licensing, registration and examination and enforcement issues.

Representative Matters

  • Banks & Thrifts

    Representation of numerous financial institutions in merger and acquisition transactions.

  • Administrative Enforcement Proceedings

    Represents financial services industry professionals in disciplinary matters and administrative enforcement proceedings.

  • Private Investment Funds

    Represented multiple sponsors in their formation of and capital raising for private investment funds, investment advisory, regulatory and corporate matters for such funds, including, hedge funds, managed futures funds,commodity pools and private equity funds.

  • Regulatory Examinations & Enforcement Actions

    Assisted numerous clients regarding regulatory examination issues and negotiated more than 100 enforcement actions. Represented many troubled banks regarding insolvency and potential receivership issues.

Professional Activities and Honors

  • Adjunct Professor, Banking Law and Regulation, Chicago-Kent College of Law (2007-Present)
  • Chairman, Chicago Bar Association Financial Institutions Committee (2005-2006)
  • Member, Risk Management Association, Chicago Chapter
  • Member, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association, Financial Institutions Committee
  • Board Member, PURSUE Scholars


Events & Speaking Engagements