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Meridith G. Cannon

Member
Office

Chicago

130 E. Randolph St.
Suite 3900
Chicago, IL 60601
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Fax: 312.985.5976
Practice Areas
Corporate Law
Areas of Emphasis
Closely Held Business EntitiesCorporate GovernanceMergers & Acquisitions
Industries
CannabisFood, Beverage & Hospitality
Education
J.D., magna cum laude, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 2000
B.A., with distinction, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1997
State Bar Licenses
Illinois
Court Admissions
U.S. District Ct., N.D. of Illinois 2000
Membership
American Bar Association, Business Law Section
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Chicago Foundation for Women, Professional Advisory Council Member
Friends of Oscar Mayer School, Board Member 2014-2015, 2015 Benefit Co-Chairperson

Meridith G. Cannon

Member

Meridith G. Cannon is a Member of the firm's Corporate Practice Group. She is a trusted advisor and counselor to companies and their management teams across a wide range of industries.

Corporate Law

Meridith regularly advises privately held businesses, owners and investors in corporate matters, including strategic business and succession planning, formation of business entities, corporate governance, buy-sell agreements and customer, supplier and employee relationships. Meridith recently represented an innovative new startup in the real estate technology industry and a restaurant management company expanding its restaurant concept in Chicago. She also recently conducted an investment review of a business seeking to operate medical cannabis cultivation and dispensary facilities in Illinois pursuant to the Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Meridith represents both buyers and sellers in acquisition and divestiture transactions, as well as mergers, joint ventures and other business combinations. Meridith's transactional experience includes representing a private equity fund in connection with its portfolio company acquisitions and divestitures in various industries, including food and beverage, computer design, and accounts receivable management and collection. Additionally, Meridith advised on corporate governance matters in connection with the sale of a national pizza chain's assets as part of the chain's bankruptcy reorganization. Her recent experience also includes representing a leader in the school photography industry in connection with the divestiture of one of its subsidiaries, representing a major U.S. beer company in connection with its joint venture with another beer company, representing the foreign purchaser in the strategic acquisition of stock of a domestic company that produces medical devices, and representing the seller, a leading manufacturer of disinfectants and sanitary cleaners, in a sale of assets to a strategic buyer.

Commercial Contracts

Meridith represents clients, including not-for-profit entities, in connection with the negotiation and preparation of various complex commercial contracts often related to the procurement, development, manufacture, sale or distribution of goods and services, including independent contractor, nondisclosure, distribution, payment processing and intellectual property licensing agreements, as well as website privacy policies, terms of use and terms of sale. In this regard, Meridith represents clients in a variety of industries, including construction, continuing care retirement communities, promotional products and services and drone technology.

Recapitalization and Corporate Restructuring

Meridith also represents clients in a wide range of restructuring and recapitalization transactions. Meridith represented a provider of discount and prescription drug programs in connection with a dividend recapitalization and sale of a minority interest to a private equity firm. She also represented an SBIC lender in its recapitalization of a company in the residential and commercial HVAC air filtration and fiberglass reinforcement materials industry. Additionally, Meridith advised regarding a modified corporate structure to better position a privately held national berry distributor for future growth.

Presentations/Publications:

  • "Medical Cannabis in Illinois — Funding Cannabis Businesses," Presenter, Law Seminars International, April 25, 2016
  • "Medical Cannabis in Illinois — Investment Opportunities," Presenter, Law Seminars International, April 24, 2015
  • "Around the Water Cooler Q&A," Chicago Lawyer magazine, Sept. 29, 2008
  • "Retail and the Law: notify customers of security breach," IRMA.orq, Jan. 30, 2006 

Meredith was named a “Rising Star” by Illinois Super Lawyers in the business/corporate law sector. She also serves as pro bono legal counsel for Friends of Oscar Mayer School.