Robert J. Wild

Partner

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Robert J. Wild

Partner

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Bob Wild advises small and mid-cap publicly-traded issuers on day-to-day federal securities law disclosure and compliance and board corporate governance. Bob represents issuers in initial public offerings, follow-on underwritten offerings of equity, senior debt, Rule 144A high-yield offerings and related registered exchange offerings.

Bob also represents buyers and sellers in public and private acquisitions and divestitures of stock and assets.

He has represented bank holding companies, a federal home loan bank, mission-based investment funds, and companies in the manufacturing, business consulting, automobile warranty, wireless telecom, and gaming sectors.

Bob serves as the Regional Executive Partner of the Chicago Office.

Representative Experience

  • Advise public companies on SEC compliance and corporate governance
  • Represent companies in public and private stock and debt offerings
  • Represent public and private companies and bank holding companies in mergers, purchases and sales of businesses and assets
  • Represent parties in ESOP formations and sales of ESOP companies


Notable Securities Offerings

  • Issuer counsel of NASDAQ-listed regional bank holding company’s $115 million IPO and $50 million underwritten public offering of preferred shares
  • Issuer counsel in underwritten $175 million senior notes offering of NASDAQ-listed regional bank holding company and underwritten common equity offerings for publicly-traded long-term care facilities developer
  • Counsel to independent board members of subject company in $240 million common stock tender offer of NYSE-traded national restaurant operator


Notable Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Representation of ESOP trustees as 100% shareholders in multiple cash sales exceeding an aggregate of $1.9 billion
  • Representation of NASDAQ-listed regional bank holding company in multiple acquisitions of public and privately-held bank holding companies with purchase consideration exceeding an aggregate of $1.5 billion in registered common stock and cash
  • Representation of NASDAQ-listed regional bank holding company in the acquisition of Chicagoland branches, and loan portfolio and assumption of deposit liabilities from publicly-traded bank holding company operating in multiple regions throughout the United States, and the acquisition of a privately-held equipment leasing company (transaction values not disclosed)
  • Representation of Board and majority shareholders of privately-held healthcare provider in the sale of 100% of its shares to a newly-formed ESOP for cash, notes and warrants in excess of $70 million
  • Representation of privately-held industrial manufacturer in the cash sale of international divisions to NYSE-listed acquirer for in excess of $55 million

Education

  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois (J.D., 1989)
    • Loyola Consumer Law Review, Executive Editor
  • DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois (Master of Science in Taxation, 1987)
  • Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (B.B.A., Public Accounting, 1983)

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Presentations and Events

  • Society for Corporate Governance, 2016 National Conference - "Managing the Private Company Board," Colorado Springs, CO June, 2016
  • Society for Corporate Governance, 2017 National Conference - "Private Companies:  Issues with Unique Complications," San Francisco, CA June, 2017

Professional Associations

  • Society for Corporate Governance, Chicago Chapter, 2008 - Present (Advisory Committee, Co-Chair Membership Committee); 2015 and 2017 National Conference Committee
  • The John Marshall Law School, Guest Lecturer - Business Planning and Drafting Course Class on Mergers and Acquisitions Agreements, 2013 - Present
  • Chicago Waldorf School, Board of Trustees, 2009 - 2018; Audit Committee Chair, 2009 - Present
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, Board of Directors, September, 2006 - June, 2018
  • Pedersen-McCormick Club of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, Club Council, June, 2006 - May, 2019
  • Loyola Academy Class of 1979 Reunion Committee

Awards and Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers in America©, Securities / Capital Markets Law, 2010–2019
  • Best Lawyers in America©, Securities Regulation, 2011–2019

Publications

Representative Experience
  • Advise public companies on SEC compliance and corporate governance
  • Represent companies in public and private stock and debt offerings
  • Represent public and private companies and bank holding companies in mergers, purchases and sales of businesses and assets
  • Represent parties in ESOP formations and sales of ESOP companies


Notable Securities Offerings

  • Issuer counsel of NASDAQ-listed regional bank holding company’s $115 million IPO and $50 million underwritten public offering of preferred shares
  • Issuer counsel in underwritten $175 million senior notes offering of NASDAQ-listed regional bank holding company and underwritten common equity offerings for publicly-traded long-term care facilities developer
  • Counsel to independent board members of subject company in $240 million common stock tender offer of NYSE-traded national restaurant operator


Notable Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Representation of ESOP trustees as 100% shareholders in multiple cash sales exceeding an aggregate of $1.9 billion
  • Representation of NASDAQ-listed regional bank holding company in multiple acquisitions of public and privately-held bank holding companies with purchase consideration exceeding an aggregate of $1.5 billion in registered common stock and cash
  • Representation of NASDAQ-listed regional bank holding company in the acquisition of Chicagoland branches, and loan portfolio and assumption of deposit liabilities from publicly-traded bank holding company operating in multiple regions throughout the United States, and the acquisition of a privately-held equipment leasing company (transaction values not disclosed)
  • Representation of Board and majority shareholders of privately-held healthcare provider in the sale of 100% of its shares to a newly-formed ESOP for cash, notes and warrants in excess of $70 million
  • Representation of privately-held industrial manufacturer in the cash sale of international divisions to NYSE-listed acquirer for in excess of $55 million
Education
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois (J.D., 1989)
    • Loyola Consumer Law Review, Executive Editor
  • DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois (Master of Science in Taxation, 1987)
  • Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (B.B.A., Public Accounting, 1983)
Bar Admissions
  • Illinois
Presentations and Events
  • Society for Corporate Governance, 2016 National Conference - "Managing the Private Company Board," Colorado Springs, CO June, 2016
  • Society for Corporate Governance, 2017 National Conference - "Private Companies:  Issues with Unique Complications," San Francisco, CA June, 2017
Professional Associations
  • Society for Corporate Governance, Chicago Chapter, 2008 - Present (Advisory Committee, Co-Chair Membership Committee); 2015 and 2017 National Conference Committee
  • The John Marshall Law School, Guest Lecturer - Business Planning and Drafting Course Class on Mergers and Acquisitions Agreements, 2013 - Present
  • Chicago Waldorf School, Board of Trustees, 2009 - 2018; Audit Committee Chair, 2009 - Present
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, Board of Directors, September, 2006 - June, 2018
  • Pedersen-McCormick Club of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, Club Council, June, 2006 - May, 2019
  • Loyola Academy Class of 1979 Reunion Committee
Awards and Recognitions
  • Best Lawyers in America©, Securities / Capital Markets Law, 2010–2019
  • Best Lawyers in America©, Securities Regulation, 2011–2019