Seyfarth Events

Third Annual Economic and M&A Preview: How is the Current State of the Economy Affecting the Middle-Market?


Chicago, IL

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
131 South Dearborn Street
Suite 2400
Chicago, IL


7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Diane C. Swonk
Senior Managing Director and Chief Economist
Mesirow Financial

Diane Swonk is a Senior Managing Director and Chief Economist for Mesirow Financial. As one of the most sought-after economists in the world, she is frequently called upon by policymakers and business leaders from Washington to Tokyo. Diane sits on several advisory committees to the Federal Reserve Board, its regional banks and the Council of Economic Advisors for the White House. Most recently, she served two terms on the Congressional Budget Office's panel of economic advisors.

Diane has earned many awards throughout her career. She was designated "Business Leader of the Year" by the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago, named a "Fellow" of NABE for her outstanding contributions to the field of business economics and listed as one of the "top forecasters in the country" by the Wall Street Journal. In addition, Today's Chicago Woman named her "Top Woman in Finance in Chicago" and the Chicago Sun-Times crowned her "one of the most influential women in business in Chicago. Diane joined Mesirow Financial in 2004 after 19 years with Bank One Corporation and its predecessors. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in economics with top honors from the University of Michigan as well as an M.B.A. with a concentration in finance and strategic planning with top honors from the University of Chicago.

Panel Topics Include:

  • Changes in the Chicago middle-market banking community
  • Current M&A valuations and deal terms
  • Distressed transactions
  • The state of private equity
  • Cross-border M&A

Featured Panelists:

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

Bruce S. Lubin
President of Illinois Commercial and Specialty Banking Group
The PrivateBank

Ted Cornell
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Michel J. Feldman
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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