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    John Eisel is a Partner in the Chicago office of Locke Lord LLP and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Private Equity and Venture Capital Practice Group. John is both a lawyer and CPA with more than 30 years of experience. He acts as lead counsel for several private equity companies and corporate clients and is a director on a number of boards.

    Representative Experience

    • Lead counsel for MVC Capital, Inc., a NYSE-listed business development company in connection with all of its acquisitions and investments commencing in 2004. Mr. Eisel has represented MVC Capital in over 30 transactions.
    • Lead securities and M&A counsel for Oak Technology, Inc. a NASDAQ-listed company; in 2002 and 2003, represented the company in connection with five acquisitions; in 2003, acted as lead counsel for the company in connection with its sale to Zoran, Inc. in a transaction valued at $378 million
    • General Counsel for the Alliance for Audited Media, a not-for-profit organization that audits the circulation of most newspapers and magazines in the United States and Canada
    • Lead counsel in M&A transactions for Edward Hines Lumber Co., The Revere Group, Ltd., Qwiz, Inc., The Tokarz Group, LLC., The Altschul Group, Inc. and John Boos & Company, Inc.

    Professional History

    • Law Clerk to Justice Walter V. Schaefer, Supreme Court of Illinois (1974-1975)

    Professional Affiliations and Recognitions

    • Member, Institute of Illinois Business Law
    • Planning Committee, The Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate and Securities Law Institute
    • Member, The Law Club
    • Certified Public Accountant
    • Recipient, Elijah Watt Sells Award, Illinois, 1971
    • Recognized, Illinois Super Lawyers (2018-2019)

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