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John Chapman has practiced law for more than 50 years. For most of this time, his practice as a corporate and securities lawyer focused on mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing matters for public and private companies, and counseling corporations, their management, and their boards of directors. He also served as chair and co-chair of the Firm's corporate and finance practice group. In recent years, John's practice has focused on the field of not-for-profit law. He serves as counsel to and as president and a director of The Grainger Foundation. In 2005, John served as interim vice president and general counsel of the Field Museum of Natural History.
Throughout his career, John handled complex financing arrangements, securities offerings, and acquisitions as lead counsel for clients in many different industries. He represented issuers and underwriters of common and preferred stock, debt instruments, convertible securities, options and warrants in transactions ranging from private placements of securities for companies with a few investors, to large underwritten public offerings. John was involved in spearheading the adoption of new mutual insurance company conversion legislation in Illinois.
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