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40 Illinois Attorneys to Watch - R. Scott Falk

Since joining the Chicago office of global law firm Kirkland & Ellis in 1990, 39-year-old R. Scott Falk has achieved nothing but exceptional results for some of the firm's major clients.

During his time at Kirkland, Falk has worked with such big-name clients as General Motors, United Airlines, Monsanto Company and Kraft Foods. His success has gained him a bit of fame; his role in the bankruptcy filing of UAL Corporation earned Falk mention in the story "Big Suits: Firms United" in a 2002 issue of the National Law Journal, and his representation of Concord EFS, Inc. in its merger with First Data Corp. was highlighted in the April 3 issue of The Daily Deal.

Not surprisingly, Falk, thanks to his many successes, has steadily climbed the ranks at Kirkland & Ellis, and is a partner at the well-known legal firm's Chicago office. He focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions and securities offerings for public company clients. His practice includes negotiated mergers, tender and exchange offers, acquisitions and divestitures of subsidiaries and divisions of public companies, private placements and public offerings of securities and securities law counseling. Falk has also structured and negotiated several cross-border investments and acquisitions, both in-bound and out-bound.

A look at Falk's successful deal history shows why he was nominated for this publication.

Falk has been the principal outside lawyer for Concord EFS in what is the largest announced merger in the country so far this year.

Falk has represented General Motors Corporation in a number of high-profile transactions, including the failed merger of Hughes Electronics and EchoStar Communications and the 1996 split-off of Electronic Data Systems. He also helped the automaker raise over $5 billion in various capital markets transactions during the 1990s.

Falk has provided counseling to United Airlines in connection with its current reorganization, and has provided assistance in asset and subsidiary divestitures to Monsanto Company.

Falk defended Naperville-based Varlen Corporation from a hostile tender offer, and then helped to negotiate the ultimate sale of the company. He helped Carpentersville-based McWhorter Technologies sell the company in a tender offer by Eastman Chemical.

In addition to his busy private practice, Falk also serves as outside general counsel to the Chicago-based Bulgarian-American Enterprise Fund, a federally funded investment company with a mission to build private enterprise in Bulgaria.

Reprinted with permission from the Law Bulletin Publishing Company. July 2003.