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Michael L. Owen

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009

Perkins Coie LLP

Michael L. Owen, a partner with the firm's Business practice, is engaged in a wide variety of debt finance transactions for banks and other financial institutions, private equity funds, and public and closely-held companies. His practice includes acquisition finance; private-equity-backed leveraged buyouts and dividend recaps; first lien and second lien deals; mezzanine and subordinated debt transactions; structured loan participations; and distressed debt acquisition. He also works on equity co-investments, warrants and convertible notes.

In addition, Mike negotiates debt and equity restructurings, and guides the workout of troubled loans.  He advises clients on the practical application of complex inter-creditor arrangements, and the impact of bankruptcy as a last resort.  He handles foreclosures and receiverships, and is experienced in the repossession, operation and ultimate resale of business assets. 

Mike has a special focus on the media and telecommunications industry, in transactions involving radio and television broadcasters; media buyers; outdoor advertising companies; publishers; content providers; media related service businesses; cable television operators; security alarm monitoring companies; and voice and data transmission, exchange and hosting businesses.

Mike also represents clients in franchise and health care financings, and in commercial real estate finance, acquisition and development.


  • Chicago Bar Association, Commercial Finance and Transactions Committee, Past Chair

Client Comments

  • "Mike Owen is an extremely conscientious and creative attorney. He has represented me for nearly ten years on several matters and I have always been pleased with his work. Mike looks for solutions to contentious issues, always focused on his client's best interests. I have recommended Mike to my clients and they have been extremely pleased with his work as well."

    Charles Dreifus
    Managing Member
    Charles J. Dreifus & Associates

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131 South Dearborn Street, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60603-5559
Firm Phone: 312-324-8400

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Practice Areas

  • Banking and Finance Law


  • Northwestern University (BA)
  • Indiana University School of Law (J.D.)

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois State Bar Association