Guiding Clients Through Record-Breaking Transactions

When BlueRoad Ventures prepared for its largest-ever acquisition, the real estate private equity firm tapped the Much Real Estate group as its legal team for the $139 million transaction. The national retail portfolio includes 48 assets and spans 18 states. The BlueRoad transaction team was led by David T. Brown. Learn more about this milestone deal.


Bringing Clarity to New IRS Rules

The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) is the preeminent association of 2,600 estate planning attorneys who are elected to membership based on their outstanding reputations, exceptional skills and substantial contributions to the profession. Gregg Simon is an ACTEC Fellow and chair of the Wealth Transfer & Succession Planning practice at Much. Gregg also chairs the ACTEC task force that presented comments to the IRS on the new Form 8971 Schedule A, which contains new reporting requirements for estate tax returns. To learn more about the reporting obligations and contributions to the regulations, contact Gregg Simon.


Making It a Done Deal

During a recent two-year period, our private equity, venture capital and M&A attorneys completed more than 60 transactions. Among them were nine-figure deals, cross-border transactions, acquisitions by public companies and the private funding of fledgling startups. Unlike many other firms, we represent clients on the buy and sell sides of the deal—and we understand the unique needs of both. Our practice is broad-based and industry agnostic, but with a special niche in the representation of entrepreneurs who are embarking on the largest deal of their lives, as well as the investors who target them. View a sampling of some of our recent transactions. Or to learn more about our experience, contact Michael Shaw.


Protecting the Rights of Design Professionals

In November 2015, the construction law team at Much obtained a complete victory before the Illinois Supreme Court when the Court reversed a Third District Appellate Court ruling that had effectively eviscerated the lien rights of 35,000 design professionals in Illinois. In Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. v. Heritage Bank of Central Illinois, the Appellate Court held that if the services of an engineer do not result in the construction of a physical improvement to real property, those services are not lienable under Section 1 to the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act. Our Construction Law team was retained by Burke to file a petition for leave to appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court. The petition was granted and the appeal was argued before the Court in September 2015. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court reinforced longstanding Illinois law and provided state courts with a clear road map to use when design professionals go unpaid on projects that are never constructed. For more information, contact Scott Fradin.


Knowing the Impact of Cultural Differences on International M&A Deals

One of China’s largest media companies acquired the children’s unit of Publications International, Ltd., a leading publisher in North America. The M&A team at Much represented the Illinois-based company in the $80 million transaction, believed to be the largest acquisition of an American trade publisher by a Chinese company. While our multidisciplinary team provided the knowledge and experience needed to close this complex deal, the transaction also required a firm understanding of the subtle cultural factors that are a part of every international merger or acquisition. Want to know more about our M&A practice? Contact Michael Shaw.


Understanding the Rapidly Growing Campus Housing Market

In a recent 12-month period, our construction law team drafted and negotiated $458 million in new campus housing construction contracts—a rapidly growing market segment—on behalf of real estate investment, development and management firm CA Ventures. The work encompassed 13 universities in 10 states, including the University of Tennessee, Florida State University and the University of Oregon. In addition, Much counseled our client through two international contracts, including its venture in South America involving a $12 million contract to build luxury residential housing on the campus of Universidad de Santiago de Chile, and a $4.9 million project to convert an existing hotel into student housing in Ottawa, Canada. For the details on our sophisticated construction practice, contact Scott Fradin.


Helping Clients Break Records & Make History

When the founder and CEO of one of the world’s leading software companies set his sights on a penthouse in downtown Chicago’s Trump Tower, he turned to a Much Real Estate attorney to close the deal. The penthouse sold for $17 million, making it the most expensive residential sale in Chicago’s history. The 89th-floor residence is also believed to be the second-highest apartment in the Western hemisphere. No matter how you look at it, our attorneys can help clients reach new heights. To learn more about our firm’s sophisticated Real Estate practice, contact Harold Dembo or Courtney Mayster.


Bringing Investors & Innovators Together

The attorneys in our Business & Finance practice  know how to negotiate and structure deals. In fact, during a 12-month period we handled transactions valued at more than $1 billion. Our clients range from leading private equity firms and venture capital funds to institutional investors and Fortune 1000 global corporations. For more information, contact Michael Shaw.


Delivering Results During High-Stakes Litigation

When a policyholder lost an insurance coverage case involving the $14 million settlement of a consumer privacy rights class action, Much was engaged to argue the case before the Illinois Supreme Court. Our extensive knowledge of insurance disputes and decades of experience with the appellate bench made us a great choice. The result? Following oral arguments, we won a reversal allowing the claims against the insurer to proceed and entitling our client to recover the amount it paid to settle the class action. Learn more about our Policyholders’ Insurance Coverage practice


Securing More Space to Work and Room to Grow

In a recent 12-month period, our real estate team negotiated and executed leases on nearly 1.5 million square feet of office, industrial and retail space across the United States. The deals included 182,000 square feet of office space for a public school system, 200,000 square feet for a major Chicago law firm, 474,000 square feet for a parts assembler and 500,000 square feet for a high-tech manufacturer. Two of the deals were ranked the third and fourth largest office leases in Chicago. For more information, contact Harold Dembo or Courtney Mayster.


Covering All the (Trademarks & Patents) Bases

Our extensive database of patents and trademarks covers more than 45 countries. Our intellectual property attorneys have registered over 1,700 patents and over 2,500 trademarks worldwide. In fact, one of our attorneys has been recognized by Trademark Insider as one of America's top trademark attorneys based on the total number of trademark applications filed in a single year with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. For more information, contact Adam Sacharoff.


Helping Clients Build the Future

During a recent 12-month period, our real estate and construction lawyers advised clients on new projects involving more than $2 billion in ongoing construction costs. We regularly help developers and investors build commercial, residential and mixed-use projects across the country. For more information, contact Scott Fradin or Josh Leavitt.


Creating a Financial Foundation Before the Cement Is Poured

Negotiating financing terms requires an ability to see both sides of the deal and work in a time-sensitive manner. In a recent 12-month period, Much negotiated, documented and closed 159 real estate and construction loans for our bank clients. For more information, contact Harold Dembo or Courtney Mayster.