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Todd R. Southwell

Partner
+1.312.807.4229
Fax +1.312.345.1380
Todd R. Southwell is a partner in the firm’s Chicago office where he is a member of the M&A and Private Equity practice groups. His areas of focus include mergers & acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions and general corporate representation matters. Mr. Southwell is directly involved in all phases of transactions and business counseling matters, including management and board discussions, initial planning, structuring, negotiations, document drafting and implementation. He is regarded as a seasoned deal lawyer and business advisor by clients.

Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions Transactions: Mr. Southwell has extensive experience representing both U.S. and non-U.S. private equity firms, portfolio companies, strategic and corporate entities, venture capital funds, family offices and individuals with acquisitions, divestitures, add-ons, mergers, roll ups, buyouts, exchange and tender offers, takeovers, leveraged buyouts, strategic alliances, capital raises, corporate reorganizations/restructurings and joint ventures.

General Company Representation: Mr. Southwell also works closely with clients on their day-to-day governance, general corporate, new venture and business-related matters. This entails contract drafting and negotiation, governing document preparation, directors’ duties, corporate governance, disclosure issue advice, compliance matters and board/manager assistance.

Mr. Southwell is engaged by companies and business owners of all sizes in a variety of industries. Among the industries in which Mr. Southwell has substantial transactional and business advisory involvement are the agriculture, airline, container, energy and utilities, financial institution, food and beverage, insurance, logistics, manufacturing, medical/health care, plastics/synthetic materials, processing and software/technology.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the frim, Mr. Southwell was a member of the corporate practice groups for an international firm and regional firm where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions and general corporate representation matters.

Achievements

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Leading Lawyers, 2017

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Association for Corporate Growth Private Equity and Mergers and Acquisitions Committee
  • Association for Corporate Growth Annual Food and Beverage Conference Co-Chairman
  • PRO | Presidents Resources Organization
  • Winnetka Hockey Club, Board Member

Additional Information

Publications

  • “Joint Ventures: A Primer.” Co-Author of article that was published in the Middle Market Edition of the SRR Journal.
Private Equity Transactions
  • Representation of a pre-packaged food processing company in its sale to a private equity firm.
  • Representation of a private equity firm in the sale of its keg leasing business to a private equity firm.
  • Sale of a landfill products and equipment supply company to a private equity firm.
  • Representation of the seller of a private hydro-power production company in the sale of the company to a private equity firm.
  • Representation of a private equity firm in the capital investment in a medical care provider company.
  • Representation of a private equity firm in the capital investment in a hospital/medical facilities company.
  • Representation of a private equity firm in the multi-billion-dollar acquisition of an automobile component business.
  • Representation of a private equity firm in the capital investment in a glass manufacturing company.
  • Represented a private equity fund in the sale of a leading provider of vehicle service contracts.
  • Representation of a private equity firm in the acquisition of a national insurance claims company.
  • Represented a private equity firm in the sale of an ancillary vehicle protection products and services company to a private equity firm.
  • Representation of a private equity firm in the proposed acquisition of a national insurance casualty company.
  • Representation of a private equity firm in the acquisition of a national insurance agency company.
  • Representation of a private equity firm in the proposed acquisition of a national insurance surety company.
  • Representation of a private equity firm in the proposed capital investment in an insurance brokerage company.
  • Representation of a private equity firm in the proposed capital investment in a regional insurance agency company.
  • Representation of a private equity firm and its portfolio company in the sale of the portfolio company’s software subsidiary to a software and technology company.
  • Representation of a private equity firm in the acquisition of an entertainment production company.
  • Representation of a private equity firm in the acquisition of the assets of an armored car company out of bankruptcy.
  • Representation of a private equity firm in the proposed acquisition of a movie theater company.
  • Representation of an international bank, private equity firms and hedge funds in the restructuring and acquisition of a manufacturing holding company and its subsidiaries.
  • Advise private equity firm on the board, management and officer structure of thirty-nine portfolio companies under its management.
  • Representation of a public energy company and a number of its subsidiaries in the sale of several international energy subsidiaries to a private equity firm.
  • Representation of a pre-packaged food processing company in its sale to a private equity firm.
  • Sale of a landfill products and equipment supply company to a private equity firm.
  • Representation of the seller of a private hydro-power production company in the sale of the company to a private equity firm.
  • Representation of an international logistics, processing and data-processing holding company in its proposed sale to strategic and private equity buyers.
  • Sale of the largest online tie and clothing accessories company to a private equity firm.
  • Representation of a private equity firm and its portfolio company in the sale of multiple portfolio company in the container and logistics industries to an international private equity firm.
Strategic Transactions
  • Representation of a company in the multi-billion-dollar take private of an international natural resources, paper and manufacturing company.
  • Representation of the subsidiary of a public airline in the take private/merger, through a tender offer, of a public internet-based technology company.
  • Representation of an international food processing company in the sale of its U.S. potato processing subsidiary.
  • Representation of a grain and ingredient manufacturer in the sale of assets to a strategic buyer.
  • Representation of a public company's financial subsidiary in the acquisition of a baked goods supply, processing and distribution company.
  • Representation of a public oil and energy exploration company in its strategic acquisition/merger of another public oil and energy exploration company.
  • Representation of a public company in the sale of its bicycle manufacturing subsidiary.
  • Representation of a railroad logistics company in the acquisition of an intermodal logistics company.
  • Representation of an exercise equipment and product distributor in the acquisition of a fitness equipment company.
  • Representation of an international technology company in the acquisition of a defense industry software development company.
  • Representation of a railroad logistics company in the acquisition of a trucking logistics company.
  • Representation of an automotive parts supplier in its acquisition of an after-market motorcycle parts manufacturing and supply company.
  • Representation of a dental device manufacturer in the acquisition of dental-related assets from a patent development company.
  • Representation of a public company’s financial subsidiary in the capital investment in an educational materials company.
  • Representation of the group of partners in a risk consulting practice that was being sold by an international public accounting firm.
  • Representation of an international financial institution in the acquisition of another financial institution’s derivatives and institutional trading practice.
  • Representation of a public company’s financial subsidiary in the capital investment of a manufacturing company.
  • Representation of a public medical device manufacturing company in its proposed multi-­billion-dollar merger of another public medical device and instrument manufacturing company.
  • Representation of an international company in the proposed acquisition of the assets of a U.S.-based plastics and synthetics resin manufacturer out of bankruptcy.
  • Representation of a public company and its subsidiaries in the proposed sale of several non-U.S.-based utility subsidiaries and divisions.
  • Representation of a home goods retailer in the proposed acquisition of a furniture and entertainment goods retailer.
  • Represented Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in In re Giordano’s Enterprises, Inc. (Bankr. N.D. Ill.).
  • Represented Chapter 7 Trustee of Knight-Celotex, LLC, an $80 million building supply manufacturer, in its liquidation proceedings before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
  • Representation of managers in the preparation of documentation for EB-5 private placement offerings.
  • Representation of a venture capital backed solar energy technology company in multiple rounds of equity offerings.
  • Advise equity holders of an international container and logistics company on the restructuring of its board of directors and business expansion initiatives.