People: Edward J. Karlin, Partner

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Edward J. Karlin

Partner

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5875
Hong Kong
Direct: +852 3956 0600
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Edward Karlin, a partner in the Corporate and Finance Practice Group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, has more than 30 years of experience representing corporate clients across a broad spectrum of industries in a wide range of business transactions.  Mr. Karlin is also a principal of the firm’s Hong Kong office, Seyfarth Shaw, a registered foreign law firm, which is in Association with Wong, Wan & Partners, a firm of Hong Kong solicitors.

Mr. Karlin focuses his practice in the areas of Mergers and Acquisitions, commercial transactions (such as sourcing and supply agreements, terms and conditions of sale, other commercial contract matters), lending transactions, and board governance issues.  Mr. Karlin provides counsel to various business organizations including corporations, partnerships, not-for-profit entities and municipal organizations.  He also represents financial organizations, including bank holding companies, banks, savings and loan holding companies and savings and loans before federal and state regulatory agencies.  Mr. Karlin is a frequent lecturer on corporate governance issues and has also served as Chairman of the Firm’s national Business Services Department and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. 

Mr. Karlin also has trial experience before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and appellate experience before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Appellate Court of the State of Illinois.

Edward Karlin, a partner in the Corporate and Finance Practice Group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, has more than 30 years of experience representing corporate clients across a broad spectrum of industries in a wide range of business transactions.  Mr. Karlin is also a principal of the firm’s Hong Kong office, Seyfarth Shaw, a registered foreign law firm, which is in Association with Wong, Wan & Partners, a firm of Hong Kong solicitors.

Mr. Karlin focuses his practice in the areas of Mergers and Acquisitions, commercial transactions (such as sourcing and supply agreements, terms and conditions of sale, other commercial contract matters), lending transactions, and board governance issues.  Mr. Karlin provides counsel to various business organizations including corporations, partnerships, not-for-profit entities and municipal organizations.  He also represents financial organizations, including bank holding companies, banks, savings and loan holding companies and savings and loans before federal and state regulatory agencies.  Mr. Karlin is a frequent lecturer on corporate governance issues and has also served as Chairman of the Firm’s national Business Services Department and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. 

Mr. Karlin also has trial experience before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and appellate experience before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Appellate Court of the State of Illinois.

Education

  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law (1977)
    cum laude
  • B.S., Indiana University (1974)
    with distinction

Admissions

  • Illinois

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Business Law Section)
  • Chicago Bar Association (Banking Law Section)

Representative Engagements

  • Representation of a privately held ambulance company in the sale of all assets including a garage facility contaminated by petroleum spills
  • Representation of a rail car manufacturer in the sale of selected assets including contaminated repair facilities
  • Representation of a privately owned conglomerate in the purchase of the assets associated with a steel and wire business through a Section 363 bankruptcy sale
  • Representation of a family enterprise in the sale of printing business to a private equity firm
  • Representation of a family enterprise in the purchase of printing business from private equity firm
  • Representation of an executive outplacement firm in the sale of 51% of the equity of the U.S. based firm to a European outplacement firm
  • Representation of a private entrepreneur in the sale of his temporary placement business to a publicly held company
  • Representation of an executive outplacement firm in the purchase of assets of an Atlanta Georgia based outplacement firm
  • Representation of the U.S. subsidiary of a foreign manufacturer in negotiating a world wide supply contract with an international consumer products company
  • Representation of privately held manufacturer in the buy-back of company shares owned by a dissident minority stockholder
  • Representation of privately held manufacturer in the repurchase of a minority membership interest owned by departing partner
  • Representation of a U.S. manufacturer in the negotiation of a foreign joint venture created to distribute products in the European Union
  • Representation of an individual entrepreneur in the purchase of assets of a consumer device company

Presentations

  • “How Do Doctors Become Good Board Members,” Physicians Insurers Association of America Leadership Boot Camp (2010)
  • “Buying/Starting a Business: Issues for Consideration,” Right Management (2009)
  • “Know Your Company - Know Your Industry, What’s a Director to Do,” Physicians Insurers Association of America Leadership Boot Camp (2008)
  • “The Duties and Responsibilities of Corporate Directors, Generally and in Connection with a Sale of the Company,” Physicians Insurers Association of America Leadership Boot Camp (2007)
  • “Directors and Officers Liability Insurance, A Primer Guide,” Physicians Insurers Association of America Leadership Boot Camp (2006)
  • “The Duties and Responsibilities of Corporate Directors,” Physicians Insurers Association of America Leadership Boot Camp (2006)
  • “Duties of Directors/A Sarbanes-Oxley Slant,” Physicians Insurers Association of America Leadership Boot Camp (2005)
  • “Making the Transition to Board Member,” Physicians Insurers Association of America Leadership Boot Camp (2004)
  • “Things Gone Awry, Defining Corporate Irresponsibility,” Physicians Insurers Association of America Leadership Boot Camp (2003)
  • “Directors’ and Officers’ Liability Exposure,” Physicians Insurers Association of America Leadership Boot Camp (2002)
  • “The Legal Duties of Directors and Corporate Governance,” Physicians Insurers Association of America Leadership Boot Camp (2001)
  • “Corporate Governance and the Duties and Responsibilities of Corporate Directors,” Physicians Insurers Association of America Leadership Boot Camp (2000)
  • “Contract Law for Lawyers and Paralegals,” Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education Presentation to Caterpillar (1998)

Publications

  • Contributor, Illinois Corporate Practice and Forms: The Seyfarth Shaw Manual (2017)
  • “Take it to the Bank,” Los Angeles Lawyer (2009)