Overview

Robert Minkus is a trusted, long-term adviser to companies large and small in matters of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and corporate governance. For more than 35 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 bottom­line 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 family­owned 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 of the Professional Personnel Committee, and a member of the Diversity Committee. Working on associate development and advancement, Bob sees his committee work as an important way to guide the next generation of partners. Bob is also a member of the Professional Practice Committee and Opinions Committee.

  • 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 (PUHCA). He and his team navigated complicated regulatory issues that had never been challenged before under the now-repealed PUHCA.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. Bob continues to provide counsel for the investors and their growing stable of portfolio companies, which has expanded into other industries.
    • Bob represented AAR CORP in several acquisitions, including its purchase of a provider of expeditionary airlift services and aircraft modifications to government customers.
    • After working with Bob on purchases of a number of businesses, H.D. Smith Holding Company, a family­owned and run wholesale drug distributor, retained Bob to handle the $815 million sale of the company to AmerisourceBergen Corporation.
    • 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 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

    Education

    • 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

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            News Release

            2020 Best Lawyers in America Lists Recognizes 63 Attorneys, Three “Lawyers of the Year”

            Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that 63 attorneys have been included in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, with three attorneys also being named a “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective areas of practice.

            News Release

            Schiff Advises Medical Device Company Soliton on $10.4 Million IPO

            Schiff Hardin LLP advised Soliton, Inc., a pre-revenue stage medical device company, in its initial public offering of two million shares of common stock, raising $10.4 million.

            Alert

            SEC Adopts FAST Act Disclosure Simplification and Modernization Amendments

            On March 20, 2019, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments to modernize and simplify Regulation S-K’s disclosure requirements and related rules and forms, as required by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.

            News Release

            2019 Leading Lawyers Lists Recognize 95 Schiff Attorneys

            Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to have 95 attorneys named to the 2019 Leading Lawyers list.

            News Release

            Super Lawyers Names 39 Schiff Attorneys to 2019 Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Lists

            Two partners were recognized among “best of the best” on 2019 Illinois Top Lists

            Alert

            SEC Updates Disclosure Requirements

            The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted amendments to certain disclosure requirements.

            News Release

            61 Schiff Attorneys Named to 2019 Best Lawyers in America List and Six Recognized as “Lawyer of the Year”

            Schiff Hardin is pleased to announce that 61 attorneys have been included in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, as well as six who were named a “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective areas of practice.

            Alert

            SEC’s Amended Definition of “Smaller Reporting Company” Means More Companies Qualify for Scaled Disclosure Requirements

            On June 28, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to amend the definition of “smaller reporting company” to allow more companies to use the scaled disclosure requirements available to smaller reporting companies.

            News Release

            95 Schiff Hardin Lawyers Named to 2018 Leading Lawyers Lists

            Ninety-six Schiff Hardin lawyers have been named to the 2018 Leading Lawyers lists for Illinois and Michigan.

            News Release

            40 Attorneys Named to 2018 Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, and Top Women Lists

            Forty Schiff Hardin attorneys have been recognized on the 2018 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

            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.