The relationship between business client and counsel goes far beyond contracts and courtrooms. David P. McHugh, co-leader of Schiff Hardin’s public companies practice group, works closely with clients to achieve their business goals.

David concentrates his practice in corporate, securities and business law.  He represents a wide range of companies, from start-ups to Fortune 500 businesses, all of whom count on him for day-to-day business advice in addition to legal counsel.

David has extensive experience advising public and private companies in connection with mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters, including organizational and compliance issues.  He combines deep legal knowledge with an entrepreneurial spirit to provide a fresh perspective on his clients’ challenges and helps develop comprehensive, cost-effective solutions. David then works with clients to adjust these solutions as they are implemented, ensuring successful outcomes that support long-term business strategies.

David’s clients are from diverse fields – such as manufacturing, technology and consumer products – appreciate his flexible, responsive counsel.  He works with every level of management, and is adept at handling corporate governance, compliance and securities-related issues for businesses of all sizes.  Clients trust David as a discreet, thoughtful advisor, and return to him for counsel regularly.

David is often called upon by clients to lead their international transactions.  Clients rely on David’s judgment that he has developed from his first-hand experience working with a wide network of counsel throughout the world and navigating complex legal issues on cross-border transactions. 

In addition to his work with public companies, David has represented a variety of others in their business dealings.  He has advised issuers and investment banks in equity and debt offerings; has been bond counsel for state and local political subdivisions; and he works with private equity sponsors and investors in their acquisition, divestiture and financing activities.