Neil focuses on mergers and acquisitions, capital raising transactions, securities and general corporate matters.
Prior to joining the Firm, Neil was an associate in the Chicago office of a large national law firm, dealing primarily with mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions, as well as assisting clients with general corporate matters.
Before pursuing a legal career, Neil was a senior analyst in the Dallas office of a national consulting firm, providing economic, financial and business strategy consulting to law firms, corporations and government agencies.
Represented First Busey Corporation (Nasdaq: BUSE), in connection with its definitive agreement to acquire Investors’ Security Trust Company.
- First Defiance Financial Corp. (Nasdaq: FDEF) and United Community Financial Corp. (Nasdaq: UCFC) Merger
Represented First Defiance Financial Corp. (“First Defiance”) (Nasdaq: FDEF) in connection with its definitive merger agreement in which United Community Financial Corp. (“United Community”) (Nasdaq: UCFC), will merge into First Defiance in a stock-for-stock transaction.
Represented Level One Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq: LEVL) in connection with its acquisition Ann Arbor Bancorp, Inc. ("Ann Arbor") and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Ann Arbor State Bank.
Represented QCR Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: QCRH) in connection with thedivestiture of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Rockford Bank and Trust Company, to Illinois Bank & Trust, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Heartland Financial USA, Inc.
Professional & Community Activities
- Summer Intern, Fraud Section, Department of Justice: Criminal Division (May-July 2014)
- Contributing Editor, Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review
- Student Attorney, Michigan Law School Human Trafficking Clinic
Articles & Publications
- April 24, 2019
- April 3, 2019 – Barack Ferrazzano Client Alert
- March 14, 2019 – Barack Ferrazzano Client Alert
- September 9, 2019 – First Defiance Financial Corp. Press Release
- September 3, 2019 – Barack Ferrazzano Press Release
- August 14, 2019 – Barack Ferrazzano Press Release
- August 13, 2019 – Barack Ferrazzano Press Release
- January 15, 2019 – Barack Ferrazzano Press Release
- July 24, 2018 – Barack Ferrazzano Press Release