Jenner & Block

Jenner & Block Strengthens its Corporate Practice with the Return of Aon In-House Counsel Michael T. Wolf as a Partner in its Chicago Office

CHICAGO – September 7, 2017– Jenner & Block announced today that Michael T. Wolf, most recently corporate vice president and global chief counsel for corporate at Aon plc, has rejoined the firm as a partner in its Chicago office.  He will be a member of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions, and Securities Practices. Mr. Wolf was a partner with Jenner & Block from 2003 to 2014, when he joined Aon’s in-house legal team. 

“With his extensive in-house and law firm experience, Michael has a unique and broad perspective that adds tremendous value to our client relationships,” said Terrence J. Truax, Jenner & Block’s managing partner.  “Corporations turn to us for our ability to handle their most sophisticated corporate transactional and counseling matters, and Michael’s return strengthens our ability to provide counsel at the highest levels of excellence.”

Mr. Wolf represents public and private companies, joint ventures, start-ups and other business clients in a wide variety of corporate and transactional matters, including public and private company mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, investments and other similar transactions, securities offerings and counseling, commercial contracting, IP transactions, and board and committee corporate governance counseling.  His industry experience includes the aviation and aerospace, automotive, consulting, consumer products, financial services, food, insurance brokerage, laboratory services, medical equipment, manufacturing, software, steel and telecommunications industries.

“For well over a decade, we have worked with Michael as both a partner and a client, watching him lead sophisticated mergers and acquisitions, and securities offerings, and seeing first-hand his deep understanding of the issues facing public and private corporations in a wide variety of industries,” said Joseph P. Gromacki, chair of Jenner & Block’s firmwide Corporate Practice.  “His experience, insight and creativity make him exceptionally well suited to handle the most challenging and high-stakes matters.  We are very pleased to welcome Michael back to the firm.”

In his role at Aon, Mr. Wolf was responsible for global mergers and acquisitions, securities, capital markets, corporate secretary and governance matters, tax and internal reorganizations, vendor contracting and intellectual property management at a UK-domiciled, NYSE-listed company with a $32 billion market capitalization. While at Aon, Mr. Wolf led, among other significant merger and acquisition transactions, the transformational sale of Aon’s global benefits administration and business process outsourcing division for US$4.3 billion plus a US$500 million contingent payment.  He also led many registered offerings of senior notes aggregating US$2.9 billion in principal amount, one registered offering of EuroNotes with €500 million in principal amount, and the negotiation of Aon’s US$900 million multi-currency credit facility and Aon’s US and European commercial paper programs.

“Having worked with Jenner & Block lawyers as both a partner and senior in-house counsel, I am deeply familiar with the firm’s commitment to excellence and dedication to client service,” said Mr. Wolf.  “I’m looking forward to returning to the firm and building upon a premier corporate practice that matches both the firm’s values and reputation, and mine.”

Mr. Wolf graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Before becoming a lawyer, he served in various capacities for Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc. and The First National Bank of Chicago.  Mr. Wolf received his M.B.A. with a concentration in finance from DePaul University and his B.A. in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.