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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 has tremendous national and international credibility. Its primary centre of expertise is in Chicago, although it also has strong teams in New York and Houston and further M&A expertise in Los Angeles, Palo Alto and Washington DC. Clients praise the team's 'responsiveness' with one saying it 'works well across disciplines and geographies and is able to handle extremely complicated transactions'. The firm has an especially impressive record in financial services, industrials, energy and tech deals. Clients include ACE, Caterpillar, Credit Suisse, The Dow Chemical Company, Ecopetrol, Exxon Mobil and Prologis. It advised SCANA Corporation, which owns South Carolina Electric & Gas Company, on its $14.6bn stock-for-stock merger agreement with $14.6 billion Dominion Energy. It also represented Prologis in its $8.4bn acquisition of DCT Industrial Trust, the industrial real estate company; it was the largest real estate deal in the first half of 2018. In addition, it advised Nestlé on its $7.15bn acquisition of Starbucks’s consumer products and food service business. William Kucera and Jodi Simala  co-chair the Americas M&A practice from Chicago, where Andrew Noreuil  and Frederick Thomas are prominent M&A names and Jason Wagenmaker continues to impress among the next generation of partners. David Carpenter heads the New York corporate and securities practice, where John Boelter  is another key name. Ameer Ahmad has joined the Chicago office from Greenberg Traurig LLP and Japanese client specialist Satoru Murase  joined the New York office from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

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