According to the State of Illinois, it is America’s 4th largest industrial state, boasting over 11,800 Illinois based manufacturers.
The 24 lawyers in this chapter have a proven track record in representing and advising issuers, underwriters, investment banks, funds, REITs and other market participants on all aspects of equity and debt transactions, both locally and around the world. Many have experience of advising on IPOs, secondary offerings and other equity issuances, as well as debt offerings, structured products, repackagings,derivatives and securitisations. Furthermore, many are able to give clients the benefit of in-depth knowledge of the compliance and regulatory obligations of market participants.
Illinois is known for its prosperous business climate for franchising. An important factor in its success is the Franchise Disclosure Act administered by the franchise bureau of the Attorney General’s Office.
The construction industry in Illinois is relatively robust. The expansion of the Chicago suburbs and residential development and regeneration have created high levels of activity.
Chicago enjoys a reputation for the robustness and professional excellence of its commercial litigation fraternity. Typically, the city’s mid- to large-sized firms have used commercial litigation practices as the bedrock of their operations, with healthy competition from numerous specialist boutiques.
Commercial arbitration is now established as a popular mechanism for dispute resolution in the United States. It is one of the first ports of call for a range of industries, and arbitration clauses are often written into contracts. This chapter identifies 25 practitioners in the state who are leaders in this field, without distinguishing between those who act as counsel or arbitrator, or those whose experience lies in domestic as opposed to international disputes. The list includes former judges and litigators, as well as lawyers that include commercial arbitration as part of their dispute resolution services.
White-collar crime has a strong historical link with the state of Illinois. Edwin Sutherland, who earned his doctorate and worked as a research professor at the University of Chicago, coined the term; and from its roots in criminology, whitecollar criminal defence has become a thriving legal practice area. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has noted that with significant growth in the securities and commodities markets comes a marked rise in intentional corporate fraud and misconduct. In an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2006 an official from the Department of Justice’s criminal division confirmed that despite statistical drops in the level of business crime prosecutions, white-collar crime remains a priority for the Department of Justice and owing to the numerous high-profile cases of recent years, the market for legal advice in this area shows no signs of slowing down. It is therefore a dynamic area in which to work in Illinois.
Our research has uncovered a wealth of competition expertise within Illinois – 26 individuals from 14 firms.
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