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William A. Kummerer

Shareholder

Chair, Corporate Practice Area
Member, Board of Directors

222 North LaSalle Street Chicago, Illinois 60601

+1 (312) 609 7687

William A. Kummerer

Shareholder

Chair, Corporate Practice Area
Member, Board of Directors

William A. Kummerer is a Shareholder in the firm’s Finance and Transactions group.

By combining his own experience with the firm’s many resources and wide array of practice groups, he advises clients on virtually all aspects of corporate and business law, including general corporate counseling, mergers and acquisitions, copyright and trademark licensing matters, distribution and consignment arrangements, unfair competition and infringement issues, employment matters, contract disputes, commercial litigation and structuring business ownership and investments.

Mr. Kummerer serves as lead corporate counsel to many entrepreneurial and closely held clients in industries ranging from traditional manufacturing and distribution to high tech consulting, and he has significant experience in representing audio and video publishers in the entertainment and educational industries, automobile specialty equipment manufacturers and distributors, and building products manufacturers and construction companies. He also has considerable experience in assisting privately owned middle-market companies in the purchase and sale of their businesses.

Mr. Kummerer received an "AV Preeminent" Peer Rating in Martindale-Hubbell. He has also been selected by his peers from 2013 to 2017 as a Leading Lawyer in Closely & Privately Held Business and Mergers & Acquisitions.

William A. Kummerer

Shareholder

Chair, Corporate Practice Area
Member, Board of Directors

Experience

Mr. Kummerer has recently represented clients in the following types of transactions:

  • Dividend recapitalization transition for successful manufacturing client.
  • Sale of minority interest in privately-owned Internet marketing firm.
  • Sale of division of publicly-held consumer products company.
  • Sale of minority interest in privately-owned software consulting firm.
  • Sale of privately-owned consumer products manufacturer to private equity firm.
  • Sale of union trucking company in a Section 363 transaction as part of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding.
  • Sale of privately owned food products business to publicly traded foreign corporation.
  • Sale of closely held automotive electronics/software products business to private equity firm.
  • Sale of building products manufacturing business.
  • Acquisition of chemical coatings business in printing industry.
  • Acquisition of food supplements manufacturing business.
  • Acquisition of machine tool fabricating business.
  • Acquisition of automotive refinishing products distribution business.
  • Buyout of co-owner of consumer products manufacturing business.

William A. Kummerer

Shareholder

Chair, Corporate Practice Area
Member, Board of Directors

Education

  • Georgetown University, J.D., 1988, Member, Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, 1986-87, 1988
  • University of Iowa, B.A., 1984, with distinction

William A. Kummerer

Shareholder

Chair, Corporate Practice Area
Member, Board of Directors

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1988

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1990