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Mayer Brown

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Frederick Thomas

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Mayer Brown

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Corporate & Securities


Fritz Thomas represents clients in transactions and related corporate and securities law matters. His transactional practice focuses on stock acquisitions, asset acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures, strategic alliances, financings, tender offers, shareholder arrangements and a variety of other transactions. Clients represented by Fritz include US, foreign and multinational corporations and other entities, both public and private. Transactions on which Fritz works include transactions occurring solely in the United States, transactions occurring in another country and transactions involving multiple jurisdictions. In addition to his transactional practice, Fritz advises boards of directors, committees of boards of directors and management regarding corporate governance, securities and other matters.


Dartmouth College, AB, magna cum laude 1971, Phi Beta Kappa; The University of Chicago Law School, JD 1974, Comment Editor, University of Chicago Law Review Joseph Henry Beale Prize

United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Within: M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Mayer Brown takes on a considerable volume of large-cap domestic and cross-border M&A. The firm has an especially strong presence in Chicago, but also has key M&A practitioners in New York, Houston and elsewhere. Life sciences, financial institutions, energy, technology and gaming are among its most active industries. Recent work includes advising CIBC on its $3.8bn cash and stock acquisition of PrivateBancorp and its subsidiary The PrivateBank, a middle-market commercial bank with $17.7bn in assets, and representing TransCanada in the $2.2bn sale of its power business assets in the northeast of the US. It also advised The Hartford Financial Services Group on its $1.45bn acquisition of Aetna’s US group life and disability business. Other clients include Ally Financial, AT&T, Caesars Entertainment, Cargill, Caterpillar, Dow, ExxonMobil, Macquarie, Wells Fargo and Yum! Brands. William Kucera and Jodi Simala are chairs of the M&A practice, which also includes Frederick Thomas and Marc Sperber. Andrew Noreuil is another frequent adviser on large-cap M&A transactions, as are New York-based David Alberts and Philip Brandes. Attorneys are Chicago based unless stated otherwise.

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