Robert Minkus is a trusted, long-term advisor to companies large and small in matters of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and corporate governance. For more than 30 years, Bob has represented buyers, sellers, independent directors and members of management in complex business transactions. He has worked on hostile takeovers, friendly mergers and a variety of other large-scale negotiations. His measured and straight-forward demeanor keeps talks moving forward.

Whether working on a merger or acquisition or drafting a contract, Bob tries to understand everyone’s point of view in order to make sure all issues are addressed as well as possible. In addition to providing the legal perspective, he understands his clients’ business priorities and the bottom-line impacts to a business. He works closely with regulatory experts in his clients’ various industries. He advises public companies on their disclosure duties and matters of corporate governance, and he provides general corporate representation to both public and privately-held companies. Bob also represents issuers in securities offerings and other financing transactions.

Many of Bob’s clients have worked with the firm for several decades, and return for additional counsel because of the relationships he develops. From family-owned businesses to Fortune 500 corporations, Bob wants his clients to feel like he’s part of their team and enjoys seeing the positive impact of his work on their businesses.

Bob is also invested in the future of Schiff Hardin as former chair, and current member, of the Professional Personnel Committee, and a member of the Diversity Committee and Opinions Committee. Working on associate development and advancement, Bob sees his committee work as an important way to guide the next generation of partners. 

  • Experience

    • Bob took the lead on NiSource Inc.’s $6 billion acquisition of Columbia Energy Group at a time when there had been no other hostile takeover of a utility under the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935. He and his team navigated complicated regulatory issues that had never been challenged before under the now-repealed PUHCA. After the takeover of Columbia, Bob represented NiSource in subsequent dispositions of a number of non-core businesses and continues to represent the company in various corporate and securities matters.
    • After working with the principals years earlier on a large asset sale transaction between their former employers, Bob was asked to represent them and their private equity investor group in the purchase or start-up of several oilfield service businesses. These businesses, which offer a variety of services in the North Dakota shale fields, are growing rapidly, and Bob continues to provide counsel for the investors.
    • Bob represented Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. in its $400 million purchase of Aspen Surgical Products Holding, Inc., and AAR CORP. in its purchase of a provider of expeditionary airlift services and aircraft modifications to government customers.
    • H.D. Smith Wholesale Drug Co., a family-owned and run business, has relied on Bob’s counsel on purchases of a number of businesses, most recently Valley Wholesale Drug and Triplefin LLC.
    • Bob currently counsels New York Stock Exchange- and Nasdaq-listed clients in the energy, aviation services, manufacturing, industrial distribution and professional services industries on public disclosure and compliance issues. He also represents these issuers in registered public offerings, Rule 144A sales and other financing transactions.
    • After a British corporation purchased a U.S. inkjet printer manufacturer nearly 30 years ago, they engaged Bob to serve as de facto general counsel for the U.S. subsidiaries of the group. Working closely with the parent company’s general counsel in the U.K., Bob continues to advise on U.S. corporate matters as well as commercial contracts, supply agreements and other financial transactions.
  • Credentials


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

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois
    • New York

            Professional Memberships

            • American Bar Association, Section of Business Law
            • Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate and Securities Law Institute, Executive Committee, Past Chair (2013)
            • Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, Chicago Chapter Advisory Committee

            Languages Spoken & Fluency

            • French, Proficient
          • Insights

            News Release

            Schiff Hardin Lawyers Named to 2018 The Best Lawyers in America

            Schiff Hardin is pleased to announce that five attorneys have been named a “Lawyer of the Year” in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.


            Preparing for the 2017 Proxy Season

            With 2017 proxy season kicking off, we would like to remind clients and friends of some developments that could impact public company annual reporting for 2017.

            News Release

            39 Schiff Hardin Lawyers Named to 2017 Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Lists, and Two Schiff Hardin Attorneys Named to Top 50 Women Lawyers

            Thirty-nine Schiff Hardin attorneys have been selected for inclusion on the 2017 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

            News Release

            PlacementTracker Recognizes Schiff Hardin in Q3 2016 U.S. PIPE Market Investor Counsel League Tables

            Schiff Hardin was the 12th most active investor counsel in Q3. The firm was also the 11th most active placement agent counsel.

            News Release

            53 Schiff Hardin Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017

            Three Schiff Hardin attorneys also received the prestigious Best Lawyers’ 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” award.

            News Release

            91 Schiff Hardin Lawyers Named to 2016 Illinois, Michigan Leading Lawyers Network

            The list is comprised of those attorneys who are most recommended as top lawyers among their peers.


            ISS and Glass Lewis Policy Updates for the 2016 Proxy Season

            With the 2016 proxy season getting started, we would like to remind clients that Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis have each made some revisions to their 2016 voting policies. If your proxy statement involves any of the following topics, you should review these updates.

            News Release

            40 Schiff Hardin Lawyers Named to 2016 Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Lists

            The Super Lawyers selection methodology includes a statewide nomination process, peer review by practice area, and independent research on candidates.

            News Release

            63 Schiff Hardin Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2016

            Of the 64 Schiff Hardin attorneys honored by Best Lawyers, three Schiff Hardin attorneys were also nominated for Best Lawyers’ 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” in Chicago

            Trending Legal Issue

            SEC Proposes Clawback Rules

            On July 1, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a proposed rule that implements the clawback provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act.

            Speeches & Presentations

            Bob has spoken several times at the Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate and Securities Law Institute on securities law, accounting and M&A matters. He also has been a faculty member at Practising Law Institute programs on the federal securities laws.