Leading Private Equity Lawyers Alan Roth and Christopher Douglass Join Jenner & Block's Chicago Office

Aug 03, 2015, 13:06 ET from Jenner & Block LLP

CHICAGO, Aug. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Jenner & Block LLP is pleased to announce that leading private equity lawyers Alan B. Roth and Christopher J. Douglass are joining the firm as partners in the Chicago office.  They will be part of the firm's Corporate, Private Equity, and Mergers and Acquisitions practices.  With more than three decades of experience, Mr. Roth leads one of the most active fund formation and small business investment company (SBIC) practices in the United States.

"We are pleased to have Alan and Chris joining Jenner & Block," said Terrence J. Truax, the firm's managing partner.  "Alan has built a national reputation as the 'guru' of SBICs and is a trusted adviser to many fund principals.  The talent and experience of the team will significantly expand our private equity practice and allow us to better serve our fund clients throughout the United States."

The addition of Mr. Roth, Mr. Douglass and one of their colleagues, Kate Price, who is joining the firm as special counsel, will significantly broaden the firm's private equity capabilities and add more than 50 new private equity and SBIC clients.  All three previously worked at Locke Lord.

Mr. Roth's practice is focused primarily on private equity fund formation, including SBIC licensing, investment and compliance, corporate acquisitions, and the representation of closely held corporations and individuals.  Chambers USA has recognized him as a leader in the area of Corporate/M&A and Private Equity.  Private equity sponsors seek Mr. Roth's vast fund formation experience, including both in the pre-licensing and post-licensing stages of the SBIC process. 

Mr. Douglass has spent most of his career representing private equity and mezzanine funds, including SBICs.  He focuses on representing funds as they make, manage and exit investments, as well as counseling the funds' portfolio companies on a wide range of business, financing, securities and governance issues.  Ms. Price, too, has spent her career representing private equity and mezzanine funds and generally concentrates on fund formation, SBIC licensing and regulatory matters and related issues. 

"Our Corporate Department is well poised for further growth.  Alan and Chris are outstanding practitioners who add depth and breadth to our growing private equity practice, particularly to the area of fund formation," said Joseph P. Gromacki, chair of the firm's Corporate Department and transactional departments.  "Their addition is an excellent example of how we are expanding our services in the transactional area while continuing to nurture our larger, institutional clients.  We are continuing to look for synergistic fits to our practice and remain focused on strategic growth."

Mr. Roth earned an LL.M in Tax from New York University in 1984, his J.D. from Washington University in 1983 and his B.A. from Duke University in 1978.  Mr. Douglass graduated with his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2001; he graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science & Economics from Northwestern University in 1998.  Ms. Price graduated with her J.D. (high distinction) from the University of Iowa in 2007; she graduated with a B.A. as a Distinguished Honors Graduate from the University of Kansas in 2004.

"With its strong corporate and litigation practices, Jenner & Block provides the ideal platform for Chris and my existing clients, who can benefit from their platform and services," Mr. Roth said.  "In addition, we are excited to provide our services to the firm's clients and expand the firm's offerings in the middle-market arena."  


We provide strategic advice and legal counsel on all aspects of M&A transactions, acquisition financing and fund formation for private equity, hedge fund and other asset management clients.  We provide comprehensive counseling to our clients through the combined resources of leading corporate, securities, tax, ERISA, executive compensation and real estate attorneys.  Many of our private equity and investment fund attorneys have been recognized by Chambers USA and other authorities as leaders in their fields.  Our lawyers regularly speak at national conferences and seminars on topics relevant to private equity firms, hedge funds and other asset managers.


Jenner & Block (www.jenner.com) is a law firm with global reach, with approximately 450 lawyers and offices in Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC.  Now entering its second century of service, the firm is known for its prominent and successful litigation practice and experience handling sophisticated and high-profile corporate transactions.  Firm clients include Fortune 100 companies, large privately held corporations, financial services institutions, emerging companies and venture capital and private equity investors.  In 2015, The American Lawyer magazine named Jenner & Block as the number one Pro Bono Law Firm for the sixth time in eight years.   


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