Marc J. Adesso

Marc J. Adesso

Partner

Contact Info

Phone: (312) 876-7160

Primary Office

Chicago
161 North Clark Street
Suite 4200
Chicago, IL 60601

Marc J. Adesso

Partner

Marc Adesso provides strategic and innovative legal counsel for emerging and established capital markets participants, including issuers, underwriters and fund managers. Clients in the real estate/REIT, cannabis, health care, manufacturing and financial service industries rely on Marc for advice in a multitude of corporate and securities matters in order to create long- and short-term financial solutions, focused on enhancing shareholder value. Marc has extensive experience advising clients in initial public offerings, alternative public offerings, (primary and secondary) registered offerings and complex corporate transactions involving listed securities, including direct listings, REIT formations, reverse mergers, PIPEs, SPACs, ATMs and Rule 144A offerings. In addition to representing entities within the United States, Marc has experience with international and cross-border transactions.

As Marc both holds an MBA and is a seasoned capital markets veteran, industry participants, such as private fund managers, C-Suite executives and public companies' board of directors, seek his advice on a wide variety of corporate securities matters, including SEC compliance, corporate strategy, financial management, hostile takeovers, proxy contests and other matters involving shareholder activism. He also provides advice on corporate and board governance and SEC compliance and reporting.

Experience

Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)

Select representations include: 

A NYSE-listed self-storage REIT in connection with a $1.4 billion cash-out merger.
A NYSE-listed residential REIT in securing a $750 million credit facility, completing a $400 million bond offering and a $350 million ATM offering.
A NYSE-listed health care REIT in a $247 million underwritten equity offering.
Formation of a cannabis-focused REIT, including its $28.3 million seed financing and sale-leaseback agreements with the world's largest cannabis multi-state operator.
Cannabis

Select representations include:

The first cannabis cultivator to have a Form S-1 declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The seller in the largest cannabis license sale in the State of Florida, at an aggregate transaction value of $156 million.
A cannabis industry client in securing the first cannabis industry Form 1-A to be qualified without any comments by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
A cannabis industry client's successful bid for a joint venture with a major Southern university.
Health Care

Select representations include: 

A physician practice group seller in a $475 million leveraged buy-out (via merger) by Chicago's largest private equity group.
A Nasdaq-listed behavioral health services provider in need of counsel on compliance obligations related to a $143 million block trade.
International Law

Select representations include:

A U.S. subsidiary of an Italian manufacturing company in its sale of a minority interest to a German automaker.
A U.S. subsidiary in its merger and takeover of a Canadian subsidiary's operations of an Italian motor vehicle manufacturer.
A publicly traded U.S. company in a merger with a privately held shipping company based in the Marshall Islands.
An equipment leasing fund managed by a major Australian financial institution with fund management issues and Exchange Act reporting obligations.
An activist investor in a campaign for a board seat and the sale of a Canadian public company's principal asset.
A cannabis industry joint venture with an Israeli government agency.
Financial Services

Select representations include:

Several cryptocurrency issuers in their ICOs, including the first issuer to file an S-1 registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
A Nasdaq-listed bank holding company with a $75 million Rule 144A subordinated note offering.
A hedge fund in closing numerous secured, revolving credit facilities from national lenders for the purchase of marketplace loans.

Credentials and Accolades

Honors and Awards

Named a Rising Star on the Super Lawyers list for Securities and Finance, 2013, 2015 to 2020

Memberships and Affiliations

Thunderbird Alumni Association - Chicago Chapter

Education

J.D., Marquette University School of Law, 2010

  • Marquette Sports Law Review

MBA in International Management, Thunderbird School of Global Management, 2008

M.A., New York University, 2004

B.A., University of Wisconsin, 2001

Bar Admissions

Not admitted in Illinois
Tennessee
Wisconsin

Marc Adesso provides strategic and innovative legal counsel for emerging and established capital markets participants, including issuers, underwriters and fund managers. Clients in the real estate/REIT, cannabis, health care, manufacturing and financial service industries rely on Marc for advice in a multitude of corporate and securities matters in order to create long- and short-term financial solutions, focused on enhancing shareholder value. Marc has extensive experience advising clients in initial public offerings, alternative public offerings, (primary and secondary) registered offerings and complex corporate transactions involving listed securities, including direct listings, REIT formations, reverse mergers, PIPEs, SPACs, ATMs and Rule 144A offerings. In addition to representing entities within the United States, Marc has experience with international and cross-border transactions.

As Marc both holds an MBA and is a seasoned capital markets veteran, industry participants, such as private fund managers, C-Suite executives and public companies' board of directors, seek his advice on a wide variety of corporate securities matters, including SEC compliance, corporate strategy, financial management, hostile takeovers, proxy contests and other matters involving shareholder activism. He also provides advice on corporate and board governance and SEC compliance and reporting.