Overview

Victoria is a corporate and securities attorney who has a complementary public finance practice. Victoria advises public and private companies and their boards of directors on corporate governance issues and securities compliance and disclosure matters, and guides her clients through significant business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, and private placements. Having served for six months on a secondment assignment as in-house counsel for a Fortune 10 company, she brings unique and valuable first-hand experience and insight to her public company clients.

In her public finance law practice, Victoria acts as bond counsel, and represents issuers, underwriters, and borrowers, in a wide range of public finance transactions, including tax-exempt and taxable financings, public offerings and private placements, 501(c)(3) financings, conduit offerings, refundings, commercial paper programs, and short-term financings.

Consistent, dependable, and empathetic, Victoria develops relationships of trust and respect with her clients and with others in the legal community. Victoria takes a pragmatic approach to her work and carefully navigates the legal complexities of each transaction, contract, or offering, while always keeping her client’s best interests in mind.

  • Experience

    Corporate

    • Served as in-house counsel at a Fortune 10 company as part of a six-month secondment assignment, where she advised on business transactions and handled a variety of corporate governance, Dodd-Frank, and securities law compliance issues.
    • Represents public companies, strategic acquirers, family-owned businesses, and individuals in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and reorganizations ranging in size from billions of dollars to a few million dollars.
    • Represents issuers in billions of dollars of public and private offerings of securities, including common stock, preferred stock, 144A / Reg S notes, senior debt, subordinate debt, and warrants.
    • Counsels companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq on public disclosure and compliance issues.

    Public Finance

    • Acts as bond counsel, and represents issuers, underwriters, and borrowers, in a wide range of public finance transactions, including tax-exempt and taxable financings, public offerings and private placements, 501(c)(3) financings, conduit offerings, refundings, commercial paper programs, and short-term financings.
    • Advises issuers, investment banks, commercial banks, and financial advisors on state law and federal tax law matters related to the structure and sale of municipal obligations.
  • Credentials

    Education

    • IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 2010
      Order of the Coif
      The Chicago-Kent Law Review, Notes and Comments Editor
      CALI Award for Highest Grade in Class: Public Interest Law and Policy (Fall 2008), Professional Responsibility (Spring 2009), Business Organizations (Spring 2009), International Law (Fall 2009), Comparative Law (Fall 2009), Secured Transactions (Fall 2009)
    • University of Idaho, B.A., Philosophy, 2004, magna cum laude

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois
      • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

          Clerkships

          • Judicial Extern – Honorable Martin Ashman United States Magistrate Court, Northern District of Illinois (Fall 2008)
        • Insights

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          Alert

          SEC Updates Disclosure Requirements

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

          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

          Schiff Hardin Represents First Mid-Illinois Bancshares in Its Pending Acquisition of SCB Bancorp, Inc.

          Schiff Hardin is representing First Mid-Illinois Bancshares, Inc. in the pending acquisition of all of the outstanding stock of SCB Bancorp, Inc.

          Article
          Blog Post

          2018 Rising Trends in Corporate Climate Disclosures

          Schiff Hardin Energy & Environmental Law Adviser

          Alert

          2018 Rising Trends in Corporate Climate Disclosures

          The arrival of a new year marks the beginning of the annual proxy season. And this year, shareholders can expect to see a lot more climate change disclosure in 2017 corporate financials.

          News Release

          Schiff Represents Pillars in Merger to Create New Innovative Organization: Pillars Community Health

          Schiff Hardin LLP represented Pillars in its merger with Community Nurse Health Center, effective January 1, 2018.

          News Release

          Schiff Hardin Elects Four New Partners

          Schiff Hardin is pleased to announce the election of four attorneys to partnership, effective January 1, 2018.

          News Release

          Schiff Hardin Represents First Mid-Illinois Bancshares in Acquisition of First BancTrust Corporation

          Schiff Hardin is representing First Mid-Illinois Bancshares, a financial holding company, in its acquisition of First BancTrust Corporation.

          Alert

          SEC Proposed Rule Changes Intended to Simplify Regulation S-K

          The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed rule amendments last week that are intended to both simplify and modernize Regulation S-K’s disclosure requirements.

          Other Publications

          • “The Annual Meeting of Shareholders,” Bloomberg BNA Corporate Practice Portfolio Series No. 12-6th (2017)
          • “ISS Seeks Comments on Proposed Changes to Proxy Voting Guidelines,” Schiff Hardin Public Companies Alert (Oct. 22, 2014)
          • “Conflict Minerals Rules Partially Invalidated,” (author) Schiff Hardin Public Companies Alert (Apr. 16, 2014)
          • Community Banks: 12 Strategies for Raising Capital in a Capital Poor Environment,” The Banking Law Journal, vol. 129, no. 6 (Jun. 2012)
          • Exiting TARP: Is There a Path Out for the Remaining Banks?,” Schiff Hardin Financial Institutions Strategic Alert (Jun. 11, 2012)
          • "Human Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation at World Sporting Events,” The Chicago-Kent Law Review, vol. 85, no. 3 (2010)

          Speeches & Presentations

          • “Combating Human Trafficking: Legal and Practical Approaches,” Workshop on Building Capacity for Iraqi Women Leaders, Duhok University, Duhok, Iraq  (Oct. 2010)
        • Citizenship

          Pro Bono Activities

          Victoria has dedicated a significant amount of time to human rights work, particularly in the area of combatting human trafficking. She has worked in a legal capacity with the Heartland Alliance, DePaul University's International Human Rights Law Institute, and the United Nations Development Programme in Kosovo. Before law school, Victoria volunteered for two years with the U.S. Peace Corps in the Kyrgyz Republic.

          Civic and Charitable Memberships

          Victoria is a board member of the Next Generation Society of the ACLU of Illinois. In that capacity, she helps educate the next generation of leaders about the ACLU’s mission and engages them in efforts to promote and protect civil liberties.