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Meridith G. Cannon
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.
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.
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.
- Panelist, "The Power of Silence: Confidentiality and Nondisclosure Agreements," CLE, American Law Institute, May 17, 2018
- "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
Meridith 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.