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Michael Black
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I have many years of business experience acting as general counsel to clients ranging from middle-market and large companies to high-growth businesses in diverse fields including manufacturing and distribution, advertising and marketing, enterprise software distribution, logistics, mobile computing technology, and gaming. My experience, coupled with my training as a certified public accountant, make me uniquely qualified to partner with business leaders and to provide balanced, practical strategic advice. My clients value my ability to lead a team to develop pragmatic, creative solutions to complex legal problems. As part of my practice, I regularly:

  • Act as lead legal counsel representing buyers and sellers in connection with structuring, negotiating, financing and documenting business mergers, acquisitions, and dispositions as well as real property acquisitions and dispositions.
  • Provide corporate counsel in a variety of contract matters including real property leases, executive employment agreements, executive separation agreements, distribution agreements, vendor agreements, and licensing agreements.
  • Advise boards of directors with respect to corporate governance and fiduciary duty matters.
  • Provide counsel to lenders and borrowers in connection with structuring, negotiating and documenting significant secured business loans for acquisition and working capital purposes.
  • Provide legal counsel regarding the structuring and capitalization of new business ventures.
  • Representative Matters

    • Represented the acquirer in connection with the capitalization and simultaneous acquisition of three litigation support and legal staffing businesses, and the $45 million debt facility that was obtained in connection with the acquisitions.
    • Represented the acquirer in connection with the $9.5 million acquisition of three industrial properties located in two different states, and the debt facility that was obtained to finance the acquisitions.
    • Represented the seller in connection with the sale of a financially-troubled national moving and storage company, including negotiations with the senior lender who was not being paid-off in full, negotiations with the subordinated debt holder, and preparation of a shareholder proxy statement.
    • Represented the acquirer in connection with the purchase of two juice manufacturing and bottling companies and an acquisition and working capital line of credit.
    • Represented a digital marketing company in connection with an add-on acquisition, restructuring of its mezzanine debt, acquisition of a secured senior debt facility and recapitalization.
    • Represented the acquirer in connection with the purchase of an aluminum casting company and related acquisition and working capital secured debt facility.
    • Represented a group that acquired a controlling interest in a small publicly-traded developer of mobility computing appliance solutions through an investment in preferred stock and convertible notes.
    • Represented a private equity-backed enterprise software distributor in connection with three separate add-on acquisitions and the sale of an operating division.
    • Represented the lead lender in connection with a $70 million syndicated secured credit facility to a national provider of correctional healthcare solutions.
    • Represented the lender in connection with a $35 million secured credit facility to a supplier of infusion services.
    • Represented a Canadian lender in connection with a $30 million credit facility to a Canadian wire manufacturer with U.S. operating subsidiaries.

    Education

    UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS COLLEGE OF LAW
    Juris Doctor, 1987

    • University of Illinois Law Review, Associate Editor

     
    UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN
    Bachelor of Science, Accountancy, 1984

    Phone: (312) 213-2163
    Email: mblack@chapmanspingola.com
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