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Practice Areas Banking and Financial Institutions
Corporate & Securities
Kimberly M. Copp focuses her practice principally on securities and general corporate law matters, including corporate and public finance and casino gaming matters.
Kim represents small and mid-cap corporate clients on securities law matters including corporate governance and compliance matters under the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002, public and private offerings of debt and equity, listing securities for trading on national securities exchanges and regulatory investigations. Kim also serves as counsel to banks and financial institutions in connection with middle-market loan and other financing transactions.
Kim also represents cities and states on casino gaming matters including drafting casino legislation and related regulations and providing counsel on casino development projects. She represents the cities of Chicago and Rockford, Illinois and Springfield and Taunton, Massachusetts and casino companies in various other jurisdictions. Kim further represents casino companies, investment companies, private equity funds and hedge funds on financing casino projects and casino licensing and regulatory matters.
Additionally, Kim represents issuers, borrowers, banks and underwriters in offerings of tax-exempt and taxable bonds. From June 2005 to August 2007, Kim served as outside general counsel to the Illinois Finance Authority (IFA). Kim continues to provide legal services to the IFA from time to time on various matters.
JD, 1997, The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, magna cum laude
- Staff Editor, The John Marshall Law Review
- Member, Order of John Marshall Honorary Scholarship Society
- Recipient, Graduate School Scholarship Award for the Highest Overall Class Rank in Law School Studies
BBS, 1993, Miami University-Oxford, Ohio, Finance
PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC AFFILIATIONS
- The Hope Institute Learning Academy (HILA), Director. HILA is a contract school within the Chicago Public School system. Its mission is to create a learning environment that supports all students to achieve optimally, regardless of socioeconomic background, learning style, or disability.
- The Hope School Foundation, Trustee. The Hope School Foundation is a not-for-profit organization formed to support The Hope Institute for Family and Children. The Hope Institute for Children and Families is a nonprofit center providing educational, residential and health services to children ages 5-21 with multiple developmental disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, and their families.
- Women in Public Finance, Director. Women in Public Finance is a non-profit, educational and professional networking organization for women in the public finance industry.
- Shefsky & Froelich, Ltd., Director
- American Bar Association, Member
- American Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, Member
- Chicago Bar Association, Member
- National Association of Bond Lawyers, Member
- Kim was named to the list of Illinois Rising Stars (recognizing the state’s top young lawyers) for 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
SPEECHES AND PUBLICATIONS
Kim regularly dedicates time to speaking with and mentoring law students at her alma mater, The John Marshall Law School. Most recently, Kim conducted student mock interviews and gave a presentation to law students about interviewing tips, dos and don’ts.
Represents the City of Springfield, Massachusetts in negotiating a host community agreement for an anticipated $800 million casino project.
Represents the City of Taunton, Massachusetts in negotiating an intergovernmental agreement with the Mashpee Wampoag Tribe for an anticipated $500 million project.
Represents the City of Detroit in connection with its three casinos. Most recently, represented the City in connection with successful restructuring of one casino in bankruptcy.
From time to time, advises the City of Chicago on casino matters.
Represents a large institutional investor in connection with reorganizing the capital structure of an entity owning casinos in multiple jurisdictions.
Advised two states in drafting casino enabling legislation and on related matters.
Represents borrowers, underwriters, banks and/or issuers in bond issues by the City of Chicago, City of Chicago Board of Education, City of Detroit, State of Illinois, Illinois Housing Development Authority, Illinois Finance Authority, and various municipalities.
Represents Harris Bank in connection with middle-market loan and other financing transactions.
Assisted an e-tailer with its $132 million initial public offering of common stock and listing on the NASDAQ Global Market.
Assists Board of Director members (including Audit Committee members) of various NYSE, AMEX and NASDAQ publicly-traded companies in connection with corporate governance and securities matters, the establishment of internal controls and procedures, conducting internal investigations related to various matters reported to the Boards (or Audit Committees) and other corporate matters.