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David Kaufman joins Thompson Coburn as a partner

February 25, 2013

Thompson Coburn is proud to announce that David J. Kaufman has joined the firm as a partner. He will practice in the firm’s Corporate and Securities Group. Previously, he was a partner at Duane Morris LLP in Chicago, where he served on the Partners Board and as Co-Vice Chair of the Global Corporate Group.

“We are extremely pleased David has joined us. His recognition in Chambers for many years is a testament to his reputation and stature as an outstanding lawyer,” said Frank Buckley, head of Thompson Coburn's Chicago office.

Kaufman has more than 20 years of experience as a legal advisor who develops creative strategies to assist clients in accomplishing their financial and business goals. He has led more than $8 billion in public and private securities offerings and counseled clients through dozens of mergers and acquisitions, including many involving national and international technology companies, financial institutions and commercial real estate groups.

“David is an important building block for us to serve our clients both in Chicago and nationally,” said Tom Litz, Co-Chair of the firm’s Corporate Finance and Securities practice group.

Kaufman represents public and private companies in securities compliance and offerings. He also represents investors in their security investments in public companies, and private equity participants (including fundless sponsors and high net worth individuals) in their transactions. Kaufman has secured venture capital financing for startup companies and assisted established corporations with complex joint venture transactions.
Kaufman regularly advises boards of directors, their committees and officers on their fiduciary duties and other obligations. He also advises financial advisors on the rendering of fairness and solvency and “non-solvency” opinions. Recognized by Chambers USA for Corporate/M&A & Private Equity in Illinois, Kaufman regularly speaks and writes on corporate law topics, including SEC rule changes and developments affecting corporations and their shareholders.

Kaufman attended the University of Michigan, where he earned his B.A. (in Honors with high distinction), his J.D. and a master’s in public policy from the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.