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Barack Ferrazzano's Corporate & Securities Group represents public and privately held domestic and international companies, as well as investors, management and boards of directors, in a wide range of corporate and securities law matters. Our broad experience includes mergers, acquisitions and sales of businesses, private equity, debt and equity financing transactions, domestic and international joint ventures, public and private securities offerings and underwritings, SEC filings and compliance matters, and corporate governance and stockholder issues.

Corporate Counseling

The Firm's Corporate & Securities Group has a reputation among U.S. and international business leaders for its highly experienced attorneys and its focused attention to each client's strategic needs. Our attorneys regularly provide legal and business advice to our clients and assist them with their day-to-day business requirements and commercial arrangements. We serve as outside general counsel to a variety of established and rapidly growing domestic companies and as lead U.S. counsel to a number of large international companies. We also represent entrepreneurs and individuals whose businesses have evolved during the course of our representation from emerging entrepreneurial companies to publicly traded companies with institutional followings.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Mergers and acquisitions are among the focal areas of our practice. The Firm is regularly called upon to assist our regular private and publicly-held clients, as well as clients who retain us to act as special counsel on transactions requiring highly specific knowledge and experience, with stock and asset acquisitions, mergers, spin-offs, divestitures, joint ventures, and other strategic transactions. Our mergers and acquisitions experience is unusually diverse and unique. Over the past several years, we have represented domestic and foreign buyers, sellers, and financial intermediaries in diverse transactions involving clients in many different industries including consumer goods and services, luxury goods, retailing, manufacturing, motor vehicle, wine and spirits, energy, high technology, financial institutions and fintech.

Venture & Growth Equity Financings

As companies remain private longer and investors look to deploy capital in high-growth areas, venture and growth equity financings have become a key area of our Firm’s Corporate and Securities Group. We have developed deep experience structuring and negotiating equity financing arrangements at each stage of a company’s growth, ranging from pre-seed financings from business incubators to growth investments from private equity and venture capital funds to pre-IPO financing rounds from institutional investors.

Debt Financings

The Firm has broad experience representing borrowers in connection with structuring debt financing transactions and negotiating loan agreements. During recent years, the Firm has represented our clients in connection with negotiating traditional credit facilities, asset-backed loans and issuances of debt securities both on public markets and through private placements.

Public Securities

The Firm maintains an active practice representing and counseling issuers of public securities. The Firm has handled numerous domestic and international offerings involving a wide range of debt, equity, and hybrid securities. In addition, the Firm regularly assists its publicly held clients with their periodic SEC reporting and disclosure requirements, including the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

In connection with public securities transactions, the Firm participates in drafting disclosure documents and public filings, negotiating with underwriters and other agents, preparing applications to national exchanges, and providing general counseling for compliance with all applicable federal and state securities and corporate governance laws.

Our Team

Leveraging a combination of legal, regulatory, and previous business experience, our attorneys are highly credentialed with many years of experience and strong business acumen. As a result, we are well known for crafting practical and creative solutions to difficult or unique complex corporate transactions. In addition, the Firm's flexible, streamlined structure promotes a level of efficiency and quality that makes Barack Ferrazzano especially valuable to some of the world's most successful companies.

Members of our Corporate & Securities Group include an adjunct professor of securities law at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, an adjunct professor of finance at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management (teaching courses in mergers and acquisitions), a former chair of the Chicago Bar Association's corporate law committee, an attorney who played a role in major revisions to the Illinois Business Corporation Act, as well as a number of attorneys who write and speak on a regular basis, both in the U.S. and abroad, on various corporate and securities law topics.

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