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With offices in Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Miami, and West Palm Beach, McDonald Hopkins will celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2020. The firm has more than 50 service and industry teams with the expertise and knowledge to meet the growing number of legal and business challenges our clients face.
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is a firm of first choice for clients seeking sophisticated, high-value legal services in the United States and abroad. Our nationally recognized practices include Commercial Finance, Corporate, Intellectual Property and Litigation. As a fully integrated firm with 14 offices throughout the U.S. as well as London and Shanghai, our lawyers are skilled at managing complex M&A transactions in the United States and throughout the world. Our more than 600 attorneys serve public and private companies, including a third of the Fortune 100, as well as a number of government and nonprofit organizations and individuals.
We forge partnerships with our clients based on our legal creativity and business practicality—always making our priority how best to serve our client partners. Our clients see us as trusted advisors and we demonstrate our value every day, through our collaborative and goal-oriented approach and, of course, the successful results we achieve.
Crystal & Company is the home for talented insurance professionals: creative, committed to their clients and driven to deliver extraordinary results. The company drives the strategy and execution behind insurance and employee benefits programs for businesses that want to be smart about risk. Crystal & Company is the insurance brokerage of choice for leading financial institutions, corporations and nonprofit organizations. Headquartered in New York City, the firm has 11 regional offices throughout the United States. Crystal & Company is an equity owner of Brokerslink, a global broking company with members in more than 95 countries around the world.
The Mergers & Acquisitions Practice supports and advises private equity firms and corporate acquisitive clients on all transaction-related activities, with the goal to identify opportunities that reduce expense, increase liquidity and reduce risk volatility pre- and post-acquisition.
Ilirjan is the chair of the Securities Practice Group. He has significant experience in securities, M&A and general corporate transactions. Ilirjan counsels directors and shareholders of public companies on a regular basis on their beneficial reporting requirements and Rule 144 compliance issues. He has represented public and private companies operating in a spectrum of industries related to negotiating and drafting M&A transaction documents and offering documents; negotiating and drafting general corporate agreements; drafting and filing 1933 Act and 1934 Act filings for public companies; and counseled clients on compliance issues raised by the SEC rules adopted as a result of Dodd-Frank and the JOBS Act.
Fluent in Albanian, Ilirjan received his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management and his B.A. from Baldwin Wallace University. Prior to receiving his J.D. and M.B.A., Ilirjan completed an externship for the Honorable Judge Edmund A. Sargus, U.S. District Judge, Southern District of Ohio.
Victor B. Zanetti has a broad corporate and securities practice that focuses on a variety of matters with a specific emphasis in mergers and acquisitions transactions for both buyers and sellers, including representation of private equity funds, family offices and venture capital growth funds in M&A and corporate finance transactions, as well as founders and selling owners of privately held businesses to both private equity funds and strategic buyers.
Vic represents private equity funds in connection with acquisition, follow-on and sale transactions for portfolio companies involved in various industries, including manufacturing and sales, professional sports, business services, health care services, industrial services and other service industries. Vic was involved in the transaction named "2016 Healthcare Deal of the Year" by M&A Atlas Awards. He also regularly is engaged as special counsel to founders and selling owners in negotiating retained equity stakes when selling their businesses to finance buyers. He also represents both investment funds and recipient public companies in private investments in public equity (PIPE) transactions, involving convertible debt, convertible preferred stock, warrants and related investments. Vic represents owners of professional sports franchises in a variety of matters.
Jon Gilbert is a Senior Managing Director and leads Crystal & Company’s Mergers & Acquisitions practice. Jon has over 10 years of Private Equity Mergers & Acquisitions insurance experience. In addition to his due diligence expertise, Jon has led insurance procurement initiatives for private equity firms nationwide, with a focus on reducing expense and increasing liquidity. He has worked with insurance markets to develop one-off risk transfer solutions to solve deal-related issues, including insuring against breaches of representations & warranties and other contingent liabilities.
He brings a wealth of expertise regarding risk management issues and its financial impact to buyers, including traditional leverage buyouts; public-to-private sales; debt/equity swap; asset sales out of bankruptcy; and corporate divestitures. In 2014, Jon was named as one of M&A Advisors’ “40 Under 40” award recipients.