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Jeff is an associate in the Firm's Corporate & Securities Group.

He represents U.S. and international clients on a wide range of transactional matters, including mergers & acquisitions, issuances of equity and debt securities, joint ventures, cross-border transactions, venture capital, asset management, strategic business planning, corporate governance, entity formation and other contractual matters and negotiations.

Prior to joining Barack Ferrazzano, Jeff worked on private equity buyouts and strategic M&A in the Chicago office of a large international law firm. He has served as a judicial law clerk at the Delaware Court of Chancery for Vice Chancellor John W. Noble, and as a legislative aide at the Hong Kong Legislative Council on derivatives regulation.

Jeff devotes significant time to his active pro bono practice, representing clients in the formation of tax-exempt and non-profit organizations and in asylum, indigent defense and family law matters.

Professional & Community Activities

  • President, Chinese American Bar Association of Greater Chicago (2016-Present)
  • Vice-Chair, Chicago Bar Association Business Law, Drafting & Negotiating Subcommittee (2016-Present)
  • Board Member, Chicago Bar Foundation Young Professionals Board (2017-Present)
  • Young Professionals Ambassador, Chicago Council on Global Affairs (2017-Present)
  • Board Member, Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago (2014-Present)
  • Recipient, Rising Star Award, National Immigrant Justice Center (2017)
  • Recipient, Distinguished Service Award, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (2016)
  • Editor, Michigan Law Review
  • National Finalist, Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
  • Judicial Law Clerk, Vice Chancellor John W. Noble, Delaware Court of Chancery

Charitable & Community Organizations

  • Board Member and Legal Counsel, Dartmouth Club of Chicago (2017-Present)
  • Board Member, Raven Theatre (2017-Present)
  • Associate Board Member, Steppenwolf Theatre Company (2014-Present)
  • Recipient, 35 Under 35 Award, Chicago Scholars (2017)

Speaking Engagements & Presentations

  • Topics in Franchise Mergers & Acquisitions: Drafting and Practice
    October 18, 2017
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements in Mergers & Acquisitions: Buyer and Seller Considerations, Potential Pitfalls and Recent Case Law
    October 20, 2016
  • Acquisition Financing with Debt Funding: Negotiating “Conditions Precedent” Language in Lender Commitment Letters
    October 19, 2016

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Education

University of Michigan Law School, JD, cum laude, 2012

University of London, L.L.B. (Hons), 2009

Dartmouth College, BA, cum laude, 2009

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State of Illinois
  • State of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
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