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Matthew J. Petersen

Matthew J. Petersen



  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1994, J.D., with high honors, Executive Articles Editor, Chicago-Kent Law Review
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1991, B.A.

Matt is the chair of the firm's Corporate & Transactional Advisory Group, the principal practice group housing the firm’s Corporate & Securities, Tax, Benefits & Wealth Planning practices.  His practice focuses in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and general corporate and strategic counseling.  He represents clients in leveraged buyouts, rollups and consolidations, takeovers and takeover defense.  In addition, Matt has extensive experience in the areas of private equity, venture capital/ angel financing, recapitalizations and senior and mezzanine lending.

Matt advises companies in a diverse range of industries, from private entities to large corporations.

Employment History

  • 2007 - Reed Smith
    • Chair, Corporate & Transactional Advisory Group
  • 1998 - Sachnoff & Weaver (combined with Reed Smith in 2007)