LARRY A. BARDEN is a partner in the Corporate Practice group in Sidley’s Chicago office. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the firm's Management Committee and will become Chairman in April 2014. He joined the firm in 1982, became a partner in 1989, was elected to its Executive Committee in 1999 and was elected to its Management Committee in 2011. His principal areas of practice are mergers and acquisitions, securities/corporate finance, strategic counseling/corporate governance and private equity/venture capital. He serves as one of the global coordinators of Sidley’s Securities practice. In the mergers and acquisitions area, Mr. Barden represents both buyers and sellers of public and private corporations and counsels boards of directors and financial advisors on acquisition, takeover defense, corporate and financial restructuring and corporate governance-related matters. He also has substantial experience with private equity/venture capital investments, joint ventures, partnerships and limited liability companies. In recent years, Mr. Barden has been counsel to one of the parties in the following public company mergers: Tribune/ESOP-Zell; Tribune/Times-Mirror Company; FLIR Systems/ICx Technologies; Bell Sports/Charlesbank Partners-Brentwood Associates LBO; Owens Corning/Fibreboard; IMC Global/Cargill Fertilizer; IMC Global/Freeport-McMoRan; IMC Global-Vigoro; Unilever/Helene Curtis; IBP/Foodbrands; Trustmark Insurance/Health Fitness Corporation; Utilicorp/St. Joseph Light & Power; Eagle Point Software/JB Acquisitions LBO; and Chicago Dock & Canal Trust/CityFront. Mr. Barden has handled hundreds of private company acquisitions and divestitures in a variety of industries. He also has significant experience in restructurings and corporate reorganizations, including having handled the corporate law aspects of the restructurings of Tribune Company, R.H. Donnelley Corporation, Owens Corning and Federal-Mogul Corporation. Mr. Barden regularly represents issuers, underwriters and investors in a variety of public and private offerings of common stock, preferred stock, convertible securities or debt securities and has extensive experience in initial public offerings. Certain initial public offerings in which he has represented the issuer or underwriters include offerings by American Public Education, Navteq, Inc., Heritage Crystal Clean, Zengine, Inc., Eagle Point Software, Inforte, Inc., Quotesmith.com, Second Swing, Inc., Cosi, Inc. and Prism Financial Corporation. In recent years, Mr. Barden has represented issuers and financial institutions in a number of high yield debt offerings and debt/equity exchanges. Mr. Barden has represented a variety of technology and e-commerce companies, including: Tribune Interactive, CareerBuilder, Classified Ventures.com, Exp@Nets, Peapod, Eagle Point Software, iWorks and iExplore. He represented venture capital investors in several prominent internet companies, including America Online, Excite, iVillage.com, DigitalCities and CheckFree. Corporate governance assignments have included advising public company boards, special transaction committees, special litigation committees and financial advisors to board and board committees.