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Robert J. Minkus


In My Own Words

Schiff Hardin

Robert Minkus focuses his work on mergers and acquisitions and issues of public disclosure. His practice also includes general corporate and corporate finance matters.

His experience includes:

  • Representing acquirers, targets, independent directors and financial advisers in mergers and other acquisition transactions, including tender offers
  • Counseling public corporations on their disclosure duties and matters of corporate governance, including director independence and takeover defenses
  • Providing general corporate representation to public and private companies
  • Advising special committees of independent directors
  • Representing issuers and underwriters in securities offerings, including forward transactions, and buybacks
  • Counseling private equity portfolio companies in initial public offerings

    In addition, he is a member of the firm's Diversity Committee.


    • Represented NiSource Inc. in its acquisition of Columbia Energy Group and the subsequent dispositions of several non-core businesses
    • Represented Newell Rubbermaid Inc. in a capital structure optimization plan including a note offering, debt tender offer, exchange offer and accelerated stock buyback
    • Represented NiSource in numerous debt, equity and hybrid financings, including a forward equity offering
    • Advises several NYSE- and Nasdaq-listed companies Inc. on disclosure and compliance issues
    • Represented AAR CORP. in several acquisitions, including the purchase of a provider of expeditionary airlift services and aircraft modifications to U.S. and other government customers
    • Represented Amsted Industries Incorporated in a number of transactions since its leveraged buyout by an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)-led entity, and Northern Trust Corporation in a number of its acquisitions
    • Represented several stock exchanges in their demutualization transactions and, in one case, its subsequent initial public offering
    • Represented a leading international executive recruiting firm in the acquisition of a division of another executive recruiting firm
    • Represented a private equity fund portfolio company in the wire and cable manufacturing industry in an initial public offering and continues to represent the public company.

    Speeches and Presentations

    Mr. Minkus regularly speaks on securities law matters, including at the Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate and Securities Law Institute and at Practising Law Institute programs, where he has been a regular participant in programs focusing on understanding the federal securities laws.

    Awards and Honors

    Best Lawyers in America — Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law
    The BTI Client Service All-Star Team (2012-2015)
    Illinois Super Lawyers — Securities and Corporate Finance; Mergers & Acquisitions
    Leading Lawyer — Corporate Finance Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Publicly Held Corporations Law; Securities and Venture Finance Law, Illinois Leading Lawyer Network
    AV Rated — Martindale-Hubbell
    Who's Who Legal — Illinois, Corporate Governance, Mergers and Acquisitions


    University of Chicago Law School(J.D., 1979)
    Yale University(B.A., History, cum laude, with honors, 1976)

    Professional Memberships

    American Bar Association
    Section of Business Law
    Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate and Securities Law Institute
      Former Chair (2013)