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Thomas A Cole

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Thomas Cole is senior counsel and chair emeritus of Sidley’s Executive Committee. He resides in the firm’s Chicago office. He became senior counsel effective on January 1, 2017 upon his retirement as a partner. He remains available to consult with clients and colleagues. He had been a partner in the firm since 1981. During his time as a partner at Sidley, Tom was also vice president-law of Northwest Industries, Inc. from 1982 through 1985.

For 15 years ended in April 2013, Tom served as chair of the firm’s Executive Committee, the committee that exercises general authority over the affairs of the firm. In April 2014, he stepped down as a member of the Executive Committee (on which he had served since 1987) and as a member of the firm’s Management Committee (on which he had served since 1988).

Tom focuses his practice on public company mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. He has been involved in dozens of public company mergers and spinoffs, the majority of which were each valued at more than $1 billion.