Providing expert counsel to the investment management industry is in Calfee’s DNA, with the firm’s history boasting attorneys that have held the very highest positions at the SEC. Calfee's dedicated Investment Management team provides exceptional service and problem-solving expertise regarding all aspects of the public and private securities markets, including asset management, wealth management, fund formation, transactional, regulatory compliance and enforcement matters for registered and nonregistered persons.
Calfee’s Investment Management practice is comprehensive, working with a depth and breadth of financial professionals unmatched by most Midwest law firms. Our clients include:
- Investment Advisers
- Private Equity and Private Funds
- ERISA Investment Fiduciaries
- Broker Dealers
- Mutual Fund Trusts
- Dual Registrants
- FinTech and Robo-Advisers
- Investment Bankers and Boutiques
- Family Offices
- Venture Capitalists
- Insurance Companies
- Investment Companies
- Corporate Banks
The firm’s multidisciplinary team offers a full suite of services to its clients that includes attorneys experienced in navigating securities and general corporate compliance, tax, ERISA, private equity, fund formation, M&A, data privacy, insurance, government relations, regulatory enforcement and litigation, and intellectual property.
This advanced level of expertise across all facets of the financial services industry gives Calfee the insight and perspective to help you develop and execute market-leading strategies all while mitigating risk and staying inside the regulatory framework.
Chambers USA Band 2 Ranking in Corporate/M&A (Ohio)
For more than a decade, Calfee's Corporate and Capital Markets group has been ranked by Chambers USA. Most recently, in Chambers USA 2020, Calfee was ranked in Band 2 for Corporate/M&A in Ohio. Chambers USA 2020 commentators note that, "The practical nature of the firm is what makes them special. They are experienced and knowledgeable enough to interact with larger firms, but they are more effective because they are responsive and focus on the most important issues."
Chambers USA 2020 further stated that Calfee "draws from an impressive statewide team with a strong track record across a broad range of corporate and transactional matters, acting on behalf of public and private businesses and financial institutions. Areas of excellence include M&A, securities offerings and private equity and venture capital fund formation. [They also offer] notable capital markets expertise, with particular strengths in acting for underwriters."
Chambers USA 2020 researchers report that a client stated, "They're practical and responsive, coupled with great experience and deep expertise." Another source noted, "Our overall experience has been outstanding. We have found that Calfee is capable of handling highly sophisticated work at reasonable rates."
Calfee's Senior Chairman, Thomas F. McKee, was ranked as a Senior Statesperson in Chambers USA 2020. "Thomas McKee is considered a trusted adviser to corporate clients on transactional and governance-related issues, most notably on capital markets work."
Partner John J. Jenkins was ranked in Chambers USA 2020 Band 2. "The 'very well-regarded' John Jenkins has attained a 'great reputation' for his corporate law practice according to commentators, with clients describing him as a 'very responsive, pragmatic and technical expert.' He focuses on advising on capital markets matters and M&A, acting for a broad range of businesses, issuers and underwriters."
Terrence F. Doyle, Partner, was ranked in Band 4 in Chambers USA 2020. "Terry Doyle is held in particularly high regard for his abilities in advising private equity investors on transactional matters, alongside broader corporate work for portfolio companies. Sources commend his 'excellent corporate practice' and report that 'he is skillful and has a broad range of knowledge.'"
Jennifer L. Vergilii, Partner and Corporate and Capital Markets Co-Chair, was ranked in Band 4 in Chambers USA 2020. "Clients cite her 'practical and responsive' demeanor as a key asset in corporate work and regularly call upon her to handle a broad array of M&A and capital markets transactions. One source adds: 'She got us out of a good number of tight spots and get the deal over the line. She was very hardworking and available at any time of the day.'"
U.S.News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firm" Rankings
Calfee was selected for inclusion in the 2020 "Best Law Firms" rankings by U.S.News –Best Lawyers in America in the following areas:
- Corporate Law (National Tier 2 and Metropolitan Tier 1 Cleveland and Columbus)
- Securities Regulation (National Tier 3 and Metropolitan Tier 1 Cleveland)
- Corporate Compliance Law (Metropolitan Tier 2 Cleveland)
- Corporate Governance Law (Metropolitan Tier 2 Cleveland)
- Securities/Capital Markets Law (National Tier 3 and Metropolitan Tier 1 Cleveland)
IFLR1000 Elite DealMakers Rankings
Calfee was ranked in the IFLR1000 United States Guide to USA's Leading Financial & Corporate Law Firms "Elite Dealmakers" 2020 in the areas of Capital Markets (Recommended) and Corporate and M&A (Tier 2). Clients responding to the IFLR1000 survey reported the following:
"Calfee solves problems. They have a deep bench with complete understanding of clients' needs. They are focused, hardworking and get the job done. They are competitively priced."
“Calfee, Halter & Griswold consistently goes above and beyond on providing sound counsel to our company. They are extremely responsive and even work on the weekends when an acquisition is ready to close. They anticipate our needs and will suggest alternative methods for solving legal issues. We are lucky to have them represent us."
"Calfee is a sophisticated law firm with good depth across many practice areas. The lawyers have a strong sense of client service and are responsive to our needs."
"Second to none. We have used every major law firm in the market and no one has the depth of expertise and high level of service."
"They are excellent. I would recommend them. We have not used them significantly before this past year, and the work we used them for was M&A and IP assistance. They have been an impressive law firm to work with."
"Calfee is an excellent law firm. Their lawyers are extremely knowledgeable and pleasant to work with."