Affiliates and Sponsors

About our Lead Affiliates

Baker & McKenzie
Founded in 1949, Baker & McKenzie advises many of the world's most dynamic and successful business organizations through more than 4,100 locally qualified lawyers and 6,000 professional staff in 74 offices in 46 countries. The Firm is known for its global perspective, deep understanding of the local language and culture of business, uncompromising commitment to excellence, and world–class fluency in its client service. More

DLA Piper
With 4,200 lawyers located in more than over 30 countries throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, DLA Piper is a global law firm positioned to help companies with their legal needs anywhere in the world. We represent more clients in a broader range of geographies and practice disciplines than virtually any other law firm. As we build our global practices, we remain committed to maintaining regional practices around the world where we already do great work for longstanding clients. This gives us an understanding of middle market clients and insight into the issues facing both large clients and those seeking to establish a foothold. More

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, building on the proud legacy of Ray Garrett, Jr.'s distinguished corporate practice at Gardner Carton & Douglas LLP in Chicago, offers clients a full range of services in corporate and securities matters from its 11 offices across the country. The firm's more than 100 corporate lawyers represent a broad spectrum of public and private companies in the United States and abroad, with longtime and significant experience in public and private securities offerings, financings, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, investment management, tax, employee benefits, corporate restructuring, antitrust and intellectual property. More

Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP is a full–service law firm of more than 750 attorneys and consultants across 14 offices in the United States, the UK and China. We counsel public companies of all sizes on a range of matters, including corporate governance, SEC/NYSE/Nasdaq regulations, public and private offerings of equity and debt, takeover preparedness, shareholder activism and executive compensation, and act as primary outside securities counsel for more than 60 public companies. More

Jenner & Block LLP
Jenner & Block is a national law firm with approximately 450 attorneys and offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2014, the firm is known for its prominent and successful litigation practice and experience handling sophisticated and high–profile corporate transactions. Firm clients include Fortune 100 companies, large privately held corporations, financial services institutions, emerging companies and venture capital and private equity investors. The firm is also a leader in pro bono advocacy, having been ranked as the #1 pro bono law firm in the country by The American Lawyer magazine, for four of the last six years. More

Jones Day
Jones Day is a global law firm with 40 offices in major centers of business and finance throughout the world. Its unique governance system fosters an unparalleled level of integration and contributes to its perennial ranking as among the best in the world in client service. Jones Day provides significant legal representation for almost half of the Fortune 500, Fortune Global 500, and FT Global 500. Drawing upon the capabilities, knowledge and experience of our lawyers in a broad array of practices, we provide a full range of legal services not only to local businesses but to companies around the world. More

K&L Gates LLP
K&L Gates LLP is a fully–integrated law firm comprising more than 2,000 lawyers practicing in 48 offices on five continents. We represent leading global corporations, growth and middle–market companies, capital markets participants and entrepreneurs in every major industry as well as public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations and individuals. Our practice is a robust full market practice–at once regional, national and international in scope. Corporate Board Member Magazine ranked K&L Gates as one of the top 25 law firms in its 2012 list of "America's Best Corporate Law Firms" based on a survey of nearly 2,000 general counsel of U.S. publicly–held companies. More

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
KKatten Muchin Rosenman LLP is a full–service law firm with more than 600 attorneys in locations across the United States and in London and Shanghai. Clients seeking sophisticated, high–value legal services turn to us for counsel locally, nationally and internationally. Our core areas of practice are corporate, financial services, insolvency and restructuring, litigation, real estate, commercial finance, intellectual property and trusts and estates. Among our clients are a wide range of public and private companies, including a third of the Fortune 100, as well as a number of government and nonprofit organizations and individuals. More

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Kirkland & Ellis is one of the world's leading law firms, with approximately 1,600 lawyers practicing from eleven offices in Beijing, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Shanghai and Washington, D.C. In every year since 1995, Kirkland has ranked as one of the most frequently used firms by Fortune 100 companies in the Corporate Counsel survey, "Who Represents America's Biggest Companies." Kirkland also ranks among the country's top ten corporate law firms in Corporate Board Member magazine's most recent annual "America's Best Corporate Law Firms" study, a comprehensive ranking by U.S. corporate directors and general counsel. More

Latham & Watkins LLP
Latham & Watkins is a global leader in corporate finance, capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, workouts and restructurings, and complex business litigation. Latham's Chicago office opened in 1982 as the first national law firm to enter the Chicago market. Latham Chicago represents some of the largest multinational corporations, financial institutions and investment firms operating in the Midwest. A combination of homegrown business know-how and global expertise allows Latham lawyers to provide comprehensive services that meet clients' transactional and litigation needs. More

Locke Lord LLP
Locke Lord is a full–service, international law firm with offices in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Sacramento, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Among Locke Lord's many strong practice areas are appellate, aviation, bankruptcy/restructuring/insolvency, business litigation and dispute resolution, class action litigation, consumer finance, corporate, employee benefits, energy, environmental, financial services, health care, insurance and reinsurance, intellectual property, international, labor and employment, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, public law, real estate, regulatory, REIT, tax, technology, and white collar criminal defense and internal investigations. More

Mayer Brown LLP
Mayer Brown is a leading global law firm with more than 1500 lawyers in key business centers across the Americas, Europe and Asia. The firm advises many of the world's largest companies, including a significant share of the Fortune 100, FTSE 100, DAX and Hang Seng Index companies and most of the world's largest investment banks. The firm is renowned for its corporate and securities, appellate, litigation and finance practices. We bring a global reach and client–focused approach, offering integrated advice on complex matters worldwide. More

McDermott Will & Emery
McDermott Will & Emery is a leading international law firm with a diversified business practice. We have 1,000+ lawyers in 16 offices worldwide, including Europe and China. Our Corporate group provides the full range of services – from private equity and capital markets to mergers and acquisitions – providing clients sophisticated solutions to their complex needs. Our securities lawyers have substantial experience in all types of capital markets and other securities matters, including representing issuers and financial intermediaries on all types of debt and equity offerings around the world and across industries and advising public companies with respect to ongoing compliance matters. More

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Founded in 1873, Morgan Lewis offers more than 1,600 legal professionals–including lawyers, patent agents, benefits advisers, regulatory scientists, and other specialists–in 25 offices across the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm provides comprehensive litigation, corporate, transactional, regulatory, intellectual property, and labor and employment legal services to clients of all sizes–from globally established industry leaders to just–conceived start–ups. More

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP serves clients throughout the world, providing legal business solutions to public and private entities in connection with business transactions and litigation. Clients include Fortune 100 companies, financial institutions, nonprofits and high net–worth individuals. The firm's steadfast devotion to its single–office concept ensures that clients will never get lost in a shuffle of thousands of lawyers or multiple worldwide offices. With nearly 170 attorneys in one Chicago office, the firm is suited to handle nearly any legal matter, yet small enough so clients personally know the lawyers accountable to their matters. More

Paul Hastings LLP
Paul Hastings is a leading international law firm that provides innovative legal solutions to many of the world's top financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies. With 20 offices across Asia, Europe, and the U.S., we have the global reach and extensive capabilities to provide personalized service wherever our clients' needs take us. Our core practices include banking and finance, bankruptcy and restructuring, capital markets and securities, corporate/M&A, litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property, project finance, investment management, real estate, labor and employment, and tax advisory services. Paul Hastings is ranked second in The American Lawyer's 2012 A–List of the 20 most successful law firms in America. More

Ropes & Gray LLP
Ropes & Gray is one of the world's premier law firms, with more than 1,000 lawyers serving clients in major centers of business, finance, technology and government. The firm has offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul, and has consistently been recognized for its leading practices in many areas, including private equity, M&A, life sciences, health care, finance, investment management, hedge funds, tax, intellectual property, litigation, and securities litigation. More

Schiff Hardin LLP
Schiff Hardin LLP is a general practice law firm representing clients across the United States and around the world. We have strong capabilities in most legal disciplines and a total dedication to client service. We are particularly well known for our corporate, securities, finance, and corporate transactions practices, as well as our related securities market and futures regulation work. We have offices located in Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Chicago, Lake Forest, New York, San Francisco, and Washington. Our attorneys are strong advocates and trusted advisers – roles that contribute to many lasting client relationships. More

Sidley Austin LLP
Sidley is a global law firm committed to providing excellent client service, fostering a culture of cooperation and mutual respect, and creating opportunities for lawyers of all backgrounds. With more than 1,800 lawyers in 19 offices around the world, talent and teamwork are central to Sidley's successful results for clients in all types of legal matters, from complex transactions to "bet the company" litigation to cutting–edge regulatory issues. More

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Serving clients in every major international financial center, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and affiliates is one of the leading law firms in the world, with 22 offices and approximately 1,800 attorneys. We represent approximately 50 percent of the Fortune 250 industrial and service corporations, as well as financial and governmental entities; small, entrepreneurial companies; and cultural, educational and charitable institutions, advising on a wide variety of high–profile transactions, regulatory matters, and litigation and controversy issues. More

Winston & Strawn LLP
Winston & Strawn's global corporate practice provides M&A, securities and corporate governance legal services to multinational public and private companies, investment banks, and other financial services institutions. We have handled a wide variety of M&A transactions, IPOs and securities offerings for an exceptionally diverse base of clients. We assist in structural changes; regularly prepare SEC reports and proxy statements; and have established policies for compliance with various legislative reforms. In addition, we have extensive experience with European capital markets transactions, as well as debt and equity capital market transactions in Hong Kong and China. More