Corporate and Securities

Schiff Hardin's corporate and securities attorneys provide the full range of corporate, securities, and financing services for private and public companies  throughout the United States and abroad. Our tradition of service to our clients — many of which we have worked with for decades — enables us to anticipate their legal needs and provide solutions tailored to their individual circumstances.

We represent a wide range of organizations and individuals engaged in international, national, regional and local business, from Fortune 500 corporations, to mid-sized, and smaller companies. The scope and depth of our corporate and securities knowledge benefit clients of all sizes, particularly in cases where in-house staff or local counsel are stretched thin or unusual legal questions arise.

In addition to providing attentive representation to our clients, Schiff Hardin has played a prominent role in the development of the corporate and securities laws. For example, our lawyers:

  • Helped usher in the integrated disclosure system under the federal securities laws
  • Contributed to the development of the shelf registration procedure
  • Gained judicial validation of shareholder rights plans under Illinois law
  • Handled the complex work that resulted in the creation of standardized options markets and the formation of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, the world's first and largest securities options market

Providing our firm's broad range of corporate and securities services is a team of attorneys with strong industry involvement and experience. Our attorneys serve on committees of the American Bar Association's Section of Business Law, teach at law schools, and speak and publish nationally and internationally on corporate law and other related business issues.

Our corporate practice has been nationally ranked by Chambers & Partners' Chambers USA in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005. An additional 12 attorneys were named to the 2014 Illinois Leading Lawyers Network by Law Bulletin Publishing Company.


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