David J. Morris
David Morris is a capital partner and Chair of the Corporate & Securities Group. David practices in the areas of corporate and securities, corporate finance and investment management.
David concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital, fund formation, securities, banking and finance, trading and commodities law, emerging growth companies and general corporate matters. He also serves as outside general counsel to start-up, emerging growth and middle market companies in a wide variety of industries.
David has significant experience in the investment management, proprietary trading and commodities law areas and represents private investment funds (hedge funds, private equity funds, venture capital funds and real estate funds), broker-dealers, registered investment advisers, commodity pool operators, commodity trading advisors, and other investment management and proprietary trading industry participants.
Additionally, David has extensive experience in bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy workouts and restructurings. In this capacity, he represents buyers and sellers of distressed assets and counsels operating companies with respect to insolvency matters, reorganizations and assignments for the benefit of creditors. He also represents investment funds, bankruptcy trustees and other parties in connection with restructurings, asset monetization and liquidations.
David is active in the Association for Corporate Growth, the Economic Club of Chicago, Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Chicago, and the Anti-Defamation League’s Greater Chicago/Upper Midwest Board. He previously served as an Adjunct Professor in the Entrepreneurship Law Center at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. Before joining Fox Swibel, David was general counsel and managing director of a private equity, investment banking and proprietary trading firm where he was responsible for structuring, negotiating and documenting a broad range of transactions. Prior to entering private practice, he worked at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C.
David has been named a Leading Lawyer in closely & privately held business law, mergers & acquisitions law, and securities & venture finance law by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company. Only lawyers who are most often recommended by their peers in the statewide surveys are included in Leading Lawyers Magazine.
David has been selected for inclusion in The 2024 Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Corporate Law.