Overview

Schiff Hardin attorneys advise U.S. and multinational businesses as well as private equity firms in structuring, negotiating and completing domestic and international mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. 

Dealing from Strength

We leverage our extensive experience to counsel clients on the full range of M&A related transactions. These transactions vary in size and scope, ranging from small private acquisitions to multi-billion dollar business combinations. Regardless of the size or complexity of our transactions, clients benefit from our proven ability to anticipate and address their needs under compressed time schedules.

Our role in these transactions is dictated by our clients' needs, desires and business objectives. We assist a number of clients with ongoing acquisition and disposition programs, managing all aspects of the transactions from conception to completion. We also serve as special counsel to companies, boards, and board committees that look to us for our experience in unique or complex transactions, such as tender offers or management-led leveraged buyout transactions.

We offer substantial experience in:

  • Public and private company mergers, acquisitions and divestitures
  • Joint ventures and strategic alliances
  • Equity investments
  • Tender offers and exchange offers
  • Going private transactions
  • Reorganizations, recapitalizations and re-incorporations

One Size Never Fits All

While we understand that no two transactions are alike, our considerable mergers and acquisitions experience lets us apply lessons learned from past deals and spot the key issues that can often drive or derail the success of a transaction.

We know that a closing is the goal for lawyers but the beginning for clients, and that lawyers can win the battle yet lose the war by rigidly insisting on inconsequential matters. Throughout the course of every transaction, we listen carefully to our clients and remain intensely focused on achieving their specific business objectives.

A Diverse Group of Clients

We represent key players in a broad range of transactions, including:

  • Strategic and financial buyers
  • Bidders
  • Sellers
  • Target company management
  • Special committees of independent directors
  • Private equity fund acquirers
  • Secured and unsecured lenders
  • Equity and mezzanine investors
  • Investment bankers
  • Financial consultants
  • Major stockholders
  • Minority stockholders

Each of our clients benefits from access to a wealth of ancillary support services from members of our securities, tax, real estate, antitrust, employee benefits, environmental, and intellectual property practice groups, as well as from established relationships with local counsel contacts throughout the world.

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Schiff Hardin Advises Wintrust on Three Year-End Acquisitions

We advised Wintrust Financial Corporation on the recent completion of three bank and financial institution acquisitions. MORE

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Schiff Hardin Advises Wintrust on Two Chicago-Area Bank Acquisitions

Schiff Hardin advised Wintrust Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: WTFC) on the successful completion of its acquisition of Chicago Shore Corporation, the parent company of Delaware Place Bank. MORE