Affiliates and Sponsors

About our Lead Affiliates

Baker & McKenzie LLP
Baker & McKenzie defined the global law firm in the 20th century, and we are redefining it to meet the challenges of the global economy in the 21st. For six decades we have advised leading corporations on the issues of today's integrated world market. With 3,800 lawyers in 70 offices worldwide, we have cultivated the culture, commercial pragmatism and technical and interpersonal skills required to deliver world-class service to clients worldwide. More

DLA Piper
DLA Piper became one of the largest legal service providers in the world in 2005 through a merger of unprecedented scope in the legal sector. The merger strategy was simple – to create a global law firm capable of taking care of the most important legal needs of clients wherever they do business. DLA Piper today has 3,500 lawyers in offices throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. We offer a wide range of global services as well as hundreds of additional services in individual markets to address our clients' business needs. Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry–leading technologies. 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 is dedicated to serving the legal needs of local, national and international businesses. Our legal expertise includes business and corporate services; environmental law; finance and restructuring; government services; intellectual property; labor, employment and benefits; litigation and advocacy; real estate and construction; regulatory law; tax; wealth management; and much more. From U.S. locations in Boulder, Denver, Chicago, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, South Bend, Des Moines, Minneapolis and Washington, D.C. to international locations in Beijing, Shanghai and London, we serve clients in every U.S. state and more than 100 countries. 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. Founded in 1914, the Firm has grown and prospered because of an unwavering commitment to our clients, to the Bar, to our people and to public service. Jenner & Block has been widely recognized for consistently delivering excellent legal representation in the courtroom and the boardroom. The Firm has also traditionally served as a leader in public service and pro bono advocacy, having been consistently ranked as one of the top ten pro bono firms in the country by The American Lawyer magazine. More

Jones Day
Jones Day, a legal institution with more than 2,500 lawyers on four continents, is based on a set of core principles – the most critical of which is a relentless focus on client service that transcends individual interests. We are One Firm Worldwide. Since opening in 1987, the Chicago Office of Jones Day has grown from 14 to more than 170 lawyers. 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 represents leading global corporations, growth and middle-market companies, capital markets participants and entrepreneurs in every major industry group as well as public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations and individuals. Our practice is a robust full market practice — cutting edge, complex and dynamic, at once regional, national and international in scope. Over the last three years our revenues exceeded $1 Billion and, as stated in the July 2010 issue of the UK publication Legal Business, the firm “has further cemented its position as the Global 100's fastest growing firm." More

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is a full-service law firm with more than 600 attorneys in locations across the United States and an affiliate in London. We strive to be a firm of first choice for clients seeking sophisticated, high-value legal services nationally and globally. While Katten offers an extensive range of legal services across numerous industries, our core areas of practice are corporate, financial services, litigation, real estate, commercial finance, intellectual property and trusts and estates. Among our clients are a wide range of public and private companies, including nearly a third of the Fortune 100, as well as a number of government and nonprofit organizations and individuals. More

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Founded nearly 100 years ago, Kirkland & Ellis is a 1,500-attorney law firm representing global clients in complex corporate, litigation, intellectual property, restructuring, tax, real estate and counseling matters from offices in nine major cities around the world. In every year since 1995, Kirkland has ranked as one of the most frequently used firms by Fortune 100 companies in The National Law Journal survey, "Who Represents Corporate America." In addition, Kirkland was named the 2008 Banking Team of the Year at the third annual Dow Jones Private Equity News Awards for Excellence in Advisory Services. 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. With significant presence in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Asia, the firm earns praise worldwide for work on high-profile and groundbreaking matters. Latham has ranked among the top-10 in The American Lawyer's A-List since the list was created as a way to determine which firms have been able to build successful practices without giving up the core values of the legal profession. 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 1,600 lawyers worldwide, including approximately 900 in the Americas, 400 in Europe and 300 in Asia. We serve many of the world's largest companies, including a significant proportion of the Fortune 100, FTSE 100, DAX and Hang Seng Index companies and more than half of the world’s largest investment banks. We provide legal services in areas such as Supreme Court and appellate; litigation; corporate and securities; finance; real estate; tax; intellectual property; government and global trade; restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency; and environmental. 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

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP is a Chicago-based law firm providing legal services to a diverse group of clients in a wide array of domestic and global business transactions and litigation matters. The firm's clients include privately and publicly held companies, financial institutions, not-for-profit organizations and high net worth individuals. The firm's client base reflects virtually every business industry, including a number of Fortune 100 companies. The firm has grown to nearly 175 attorneys spanning 22 practice areas who share common values of integrity, a dedication to high quality legal services and a commitment to diversity. More

Paul Hastings LLP
Paul Hastings is a leading international law firm that provides innovative legal solutions to many of the world's top public and private companies and financial institutions. With 19 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 corporate/M&A, banking and finance, bankruptcy and restructuring, capital markets, litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property, project finance, investment management, real estate, labor and employment, and tax advisory services. In 2011, Paul Hastings ranked 3rd on The American Lawyer's A–List of the 20 most successful law firms in America. More

Reed Smith LLP
Reed Smith represents many of the world's leading companies in high-stakes disputes, strategic transactions, and crucial regulatory matters, with an uncommon commitment to developing long-term client relationships by delivering quality service and value. Our lawyers' approach to service begins by understanding clients' business goals, then applying the resources necessary to help achieve them. Reed Smith represents many of the world's leading companies in complex litigation and other high-stakes disputes, cross-border and other strategic transactions, and crucial regulatory matters. More

Ropes & Gray LLP
Global law firm Ropes & Gray, with 1,000 attorneys in nine offices on three continents, is a trusted legal advisor to clients in all stages of development across all sectors of the world economy. Among the top 10 firms with the most national first–tier rankings in the U.S. News–Best Lawyers survey of U.S. law firms, Ropes & Gray offers a range of practices universally recognized for the quality of their performances. From mission critical transactions to "bet the company" litigation, Ropes & Gray works collaboratively to assemble flexible, results–oriented teams that address clients’ singularly complex needs and promote their success. 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 Atlanta, Boston, 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 Austin LLP, with more than 1800 lawyers in 16 offices, is one of the world's largest law firms. Sidley combines practical experience, extensive knowledge and a commitment to providing quality legal services responsive to the needs of its local, regional, national and international clients. The firm offers its clients extensive experience in transactional, regulatory and litigation matters spanning virtually every area of substantive law. Every year since the inception of the award in 2003, Sidley has been named to Legal Business' Global Elite, its designation for the 18 firms "that define the pinnacle of the legal profession." More

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Serving clients in every major international financial center, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and affiliates ("Skadden") is one of the leading law firms in the world, with 24 offices and more than 2,000 attorneys. Our diversified practice enables us to offer solutions to challenging legal issues in virtually every area of corporate law, providing the advice clients need to compete in a global business environment. Skadden represents a broad spectrum of clients, including approximately 50 percent of the Fortune 250 industrial and service corporations, as well as financial and governmental entities, small high-technology start-up companies, and cultural, educational and charitable institutions. More

Winston & Strawn LLP
Winston & Strawn's global corporate practice provides M&A and securities legal services to multinational companies, investment banks, and other financial services firms. We have handled a wide variety of M&A transactions and securities offerings and have represented 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, such as the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. In addition, we have extensive experience with French and EU capital markets transactions, as well as debt and equity capital market transactions in Hong Kong and mainland China. More