Luc Attlan concentrates his practice on international corporate transactions and counseling. He advises a broad range of clients, ranging from small businesses to multinational Fortune 50 corporations, in all aspects of corporate and transactional matters. His clients include foreign companies seeking to do business in the U.S. (either through acquisitions, joint ventures, or distributors and sales representatives) and U.S. companies seeking help with their foreign operations.
Luc has traveled extensively and lived many years in Europe and South America, and is fluent in French and Spanish, resulting in a broad network of contacts (inside and outside of law) around the world. He is a member of the French-American Chamber of Commerce and was appointed as a French Economic Advisor (a conseiller du commerce extérieur de la France) by the French government in 2011. He has written a number of articles and given many speeches on the legal and commercial aspects of investing and doing business in the US, and about cross-border transactions generally.
Before he became a lawyer and joined the firm in 2005, Luc was an equity options trader with Third Millennium Trading on the floor of the Chicago Board Options Exchange. This background in finance and trading gives him a unique edge because he understands the importance of taking calculated business risks from time to time, and weighing risks versus rewards when making legal decisions or negotiating compromises with other parties. Furthermore, his multi-cultural background allows him to bridge the communication gap that often exists between parties and lawyers of different backgrounds.
Luc has significant experience handling a broad range of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, capital fundraising, and commercial transactions of all types. He is well versed in Illinois and Delaware corporate law, as well as with the Uniform Commercial Code and international treaties applicable to cross-border transactions. Luc also has experience with government contracting work, including issues arising in connection with certifications issued by government agencies and NFP organizations certifying businesses as women and minority owned.
Some of his key matters include:
- Acquisitions and divestures of companies ranging from $500 million at the high end to just a few million at the low end, including a $400 million acquisition of a private label fruit juice business, the $250 million stock sale for a US public company of one of its manufacturing divisions, the $400 million asset acquisition of a tungsten metal company, and the purchase of two automobile parts manufacturing divisions for $51 million for a private equity fund.
- Education-related M&A, including several acquisitions and divestures of US accredited universities (including the first LCME-approved acquisition of a NFP medical school by a for-profit company and the first WASC-approved acquisition of a NFP university by a for-profit company).
- Numerous joint ventures and strategic partnerships, ranging in size from multibillion-dollars to smaller partnerships between foreign companies and US-based distributors.
- The formation and maintenance of US subsidiaries for numerous foreign companies doing business in the US.
- Commercial contracts of all types, ranging from standard supply and distributor agreements, to more complex multi-party/multi-jurisdiction manufacturing and joint development agreements, including multibillion-dollar IT outsourcing agreements for a large US public company.
Awards Methodology (www.drinkerbiddle.com/content/awards)
- University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 2006, cum laude
- University of Illinois, B.S., 2000
- French American Chamber of Commerce
- French Trade Advisor (conseiller du commerce extérieur de la France)
- World Law Group, Board of Directors, Secretary