Seyfarth Events

8th Annual Economic and M&A Preview

A Middle Market Perspective



Seyfarth Shaw LLP
131 South Dearborn Street
Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 460-5000 

We are pleased to host our 8th panel discussion on the current economic and transactional landscape.  Please join us to hear from leading industry experts on the state of the U.S. economy and the M&A market in Chicago and beyond.

Keynote speaker Diane Swonk will kick-off the panel with a discussion on “The Economy Beyond the Fed: What We Can and Can't Endure.”  Diane will be looking at the outlook for the U.S. economy with special attention to “fat tail” or black swan events as they have become known in recent years. The U.S. is doing better in what could be a deteriorating global environment. What does that mean? And what, if anything, can be done to avert worst case outcomes. Moreover, is it worth it?

Space is limited - please register to save your space!

Additional panel topics will include:

  • The M&A marketplace, including auctions, valuations, cross border transactions and private equity versus strategic deals
  • Current state of commercial banking and loan terms and views on lending in M&A transactions
  • Legal developments and current trends that will affect your deals

Keynote Speaker: 

Diane Swonk 
Chief Economist
Mesirow Financial

Diane Swonk sits on several advisory committees to the Federal Reserve Board, its regional banks and the Council of Economic Advisers for the White House. Most recently, she was appointed to serve on the Congressional Budget Office's panel of economic advisers. Ms. Swonk is among the most quoted economists in the financial press, skillfully presenting her perspective on the Federal Reserve, the power of money and helps us make sense of the constantly changing economic landscape. Her commentary is seen regularly on national and international television and can be read in top financial news publications across the globe.    

Featured Panelists:

Jeffrey A. Golman
Vice Chairman, Head of Investment Banking
Mesirow Financial

Jeff Golman serves as the vice chairman and head of investment banking at Mesirow Financial. He is an industry veteran with more than 33 years of experience serving both public and private companies across multiple industries, including consumer products, diversified manufacturing and business services. Mr. Golman’s corporate finance experience includes the origination and/or execution of over 250 domestic and cross-border transactions aggregating more than $100 billion. Throughout his career, he has advised boards of directors, CEOs and senior management teams on a broad array of assignments and led teams in mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, IPOs, restructurings, recapitalizations, leveraged transactions and equity and debt financings.

Bruce S. Lubin
Executive Managing Director and President of Illinois Commercial Banking
The PrivateBank

Bruce Lubin oversees the Chicago-based teams delivering commercial banking, specialty banking and structured finance services to middle market companies throughout the country but primarily in Illinois. Mr. Lubin has more than 30 years of experience in financial services and joined The PrivateBank in 2007. He most recently held the role of Executive Vice President and Head of Illinois Commercial Banking Group for LaSalle Bank, N.A., which consisted of 37 divisions.

Theodore E. Cornell III
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Ted Cornell is a Partner in Seyfarth Shaw's Corporate Practice Group. He is a transaction-oriented corporate lawyer with experience in finance and business combinations, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, mezzanine investments, secured lending, workouts and restructuring. Mr. Cornell also acts as counsel to a number of corporations on general corporate matters, including employment contracts, equipment purchases, relationships with customers and suppliers, licensing and advice to boards of directors.


Suzanne L. Saxman
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Suzanne Saxman is a partner in Seyfarth Shaw’s Corporate Practice Group and Chair of Seyfarth’s Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group. She is a trusted strategist who concentrates her practice in mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, and general corporate matters, as well as a range of business development opportunities such as marketing, distribution and licensing agreements, and joint ventures. Ms. Saxman also represents clients on the purchase and sale of distressed assets, commercial financing matters and negotiates acquisition financing, private debt and equity financing, and venture capital.  

Please reach out to Kelley Kohler at for more information or to register.