Frederick B. Thomas represents clients in corporate governance and securities law matters and in a wide range of transactions. His corporate governance and securities law practice involves representing boards of directors, standing and special committees of boards of directors and management regarding a variety of corporate governance, securities and related matters, including compliance with federal securities laws, state corporate laws and stock exchange rules, as well as consideration of shareholder and other stakeholder relationships and the policies of proxy advisory firms.
He provides advice both in ordinary course of business settings as well as in exceptional circumstances (e.g. situations involving possible changes of control, activist shareholder initiatives and possible changes to board or management composition).
His transactional practice focuses on stock acquisitions, asset acquisitions, public and private mergers, tender offers, joint ventures, strategic alliances, financings, shareholder arrangements and various other transactions involving US, foreign and multinational corporations and other entities, both public and private.
Fritz previously served as the Partner in Charge of Mayer Brown’s Chicago office, a member of the firm’s Management Committee and one of the co-heads of the firm’s Corporate & Securities practice. Fritz joined Mayer Brown’s Chicago office in 1975. From 1978 to 1981, he practiced in the firm’s London Office and also taught corporation law as adjunct professor at the University of Notre Dame’s London Law Center (1980–1981).
He resumed his practice with the Chicago office in 1981. From 1974 to 1975, he served as law clerk to the Honorable John C. Godbold, US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in Montgomery, Alabama.
- Dartmouth College, AB, magna cum laude
- The University of Chicago Law School, JD
Admissions : Illinois
- Member of the Board of Managers, YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago
- Member of the Board of Trustees, La Rabida Children’s Hospital
- Planning Committee (past chair), Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate and Securities Law Institute
- American Bar Association, Section of Business Law
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