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Cory White

Counsel

Profile

Experience

Cory White specializes in general business representation, transactional drafting, and securities compliance. He received his B.A. from Georgetown University in Washington, DC and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, IL. Well versed in the laws that speak to effective corporate governance, Cory has been involved in structuring both for-profit and non-profit entities to ensure that the business needs of the client are properly met. His most prominent area of expertise is in securities compliance and regulation, in particular with issues concerning the private placement of securities and the solicitation of proxies.

Cory has authored and co-authored several publications on corporate governance, corporate structuring, and securities compliance and regulation. He has published a white paper on proper compliance with Section 13(f) of the Exchange Act, as well as a series of continuing articles on private investment fund compliance issues.

Cory serves the legal community in various leadership roles. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. He is also a standing member of the Business and Securities Law Section Council (of which he is current chair) and a standing member of the Committee on Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law (of which he is the current vice-chair), both of which are with the Illinois State Bar Association.

Education

DePaul University College of Law, Juris Doctor, 2009 • Georgetown University, Bachelor of Arts, 2005.

Admitted

  • District of Columbia, 2012
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2011
  • Illinois, 2009

Areas of Practice

  • Nonprofit Corporate Structuring
  • For-profit Corporate Structuring
  • Securities Compliance and Regulation
  • Transactional and Business Drafting

Speaking Engagements

  • Organizer, “Contract Drafting Basics,” presented during American Bar Association CLE, October, 2012.
  • Moderator, “LLC Basics,” presented during American Bar Association Distance Learning Program, July, 2012.
  • Moderator, “How to Get Into Business Law,” presented during American Bar Association Distance Learning Program, October, 2011.
  • Panelist, “The Benefits of a Legal Education,” DePaul University Law Day, April, 2011.

Publications

  • “Crowdfunding: A Brief Overview and the Role of the JOBS Act,” available at Vol. 58 No. 3 of The Business and Securities Law Forum – ISBA Business and Securities Law Section Council, 2013.
  • “Deciding to be Dissident: Proxy Contest Basics for Non-Registrants,” available at tabbforum.com, 2012.  Also available at Vol. 58 No. 1 of The Business and Securities Law Forum – ISBA Business and Securities Law Section Council, 2013.
  • “What the Institutional Investment Manager Needs to Know about SEC Reporting under Section 13(f),” co-authored with Blake Brockway, available attabbforum.com, 2011.
  • “Private Equity and Hedge Fund Advisers Facing Registration under Dodd-Frank. What about Venture Capital Fund Advisers?, in “PE, Hedge Fund Advisers: More Dodd-Frank Preparation = Less Perspiration”, available at tabbforum.com, 2011.
  • “The Regulation D Two Step: Facebook, Goldman Sachs, and the Effect on Private Investment Funds,” available at tabbforum.com, 2011.
  • “Saint or Sinner: The Efficacy of the ‘1,000 Shareholder’ Amendment to Section 12(g) (At Private Companies, More Shareholders Less Reporting, Pros and Cons),” available at tabbforum.com, 2011.  Also available in Vol. 22. No. 2 of The Challenge-ISBA Standing Committee on Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law Newsletter, 2012 and Vol. 57 No. 3 of The Business and Securities Law Forum – ISBA Business and Securities Law Section Council, 2012.
  • “The New and Improved 14a-8? (Proxy Access Rule is New. Is it Improved?),” available at tabbforum.com, 2011.
  • “What the Institutional Investment Manager Needs to Know about SEC Reporting under Section 13(f): Executive Summary,” co-authored with Blake Brockway, available at tabbforum.com, 2011.

Professional Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association, Business and Securities Law Section Council, Chair, 2013-2014; Vice-Chair, 2012-2013; Secretary, 2011-2012; Standing Member, 2011 to date; Standing Committee on Racial & Ethnic Minorities and the Law, Vice-Chair, 2013-2014; Standing Member, 2011 to date; Diversity Leadership Counsel, Secretary, 2013-2014; Standing Member, 2013 to date; Young Lawyers Division, Member, 2009 to date.
  • Chicago Bar Association, Committee on Corporation and Business Law, Member, 2009-2012; Corporate Documentation: Forms and Drafting Subcommittee, Member, 2009-2012; Committee on Securities Law, Member, 2009-2012; Securities Law, Broker Dealer Subcommittee, Member, 2009-2012; Young Lawyers Committee on Corporate Practice, Member, 2009-2012; Young Lawyers Committee, Member, 2009-2012.
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Committee of the Young Lawyers Division, Co-Chair, 2012-2013; Vice-Chair, 2011-2012; Business Law Section, Member, 2009 to date; The Center for Professional Responsibility, Member, 2011-2012; Young Lawyers Division, Member, 2009 to date.
  • National Bar Association (NBA): Corporate Law Section, Member, 2011-2012.
  • The District of Columbia Bar Association, Member, 2012 to date.

Appointments and Board Positions

  • Elected to ISBA General Assembly, 2013-2016 term. 
  • Appointed as Fellow to the ISBA Diversity Leadership Institute, 2011-2013 term.
  • The Harlem Theatre Company, Inc., Chicago, IL, Director and Assistant Secretary to the Corporation, Sep. 2011-June 2012.
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