Fox, Swibel, Levin & Carroll, LLP is Chicago’s leading boutique business law firm. Founded in 2000, we have distinguished ourselves since our inception by combining big firm quality and sophistication with the more personalized, lower-cost setting of a boutique law firm.
Fox Swibel has a straightforward formula. We recruit top lawyers who were educated at the nation’s best law schools and who formerly were partners and associates at nationally-known, highly-respected large firms, and focus on what the Firm does best: providing “big firm” quality work in a streamlined boutique firm setting.
Fox Swibel handles transactions and litigation for clients that range from Fortune 500 companies to successful entrepreneurs. The Firm represents a large array of banking, hedge fund, hotel, manufacturing, private equity, real estate, retail, and restaurant clients. Our clients have included national institutions such as Bank of America, CBRE, Colliers International, Exelon, H&R Block, Hilco Global, Jewel Food Stores, Johnson Controls, Omni Hotels, PNC Bank, Supervalu, Tishman Speyer, The Toro Company, Tyson Foods, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo Bank, as well as some of the most successful and dynamic local Chicago businesses such as AthletiCo, Ferrara Candy Company, Garrett Popcorn, Klaff Realty, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Rogers & Holland Jewelers and Weber Grill.
Fox Swibel distinguishes itself by combining big firm quality and sophistication with the more personalized, lower-cost setting of a boutique law firm. Our lawyers come from major national and international firms, and are attracted to our entrepreneurial culture which is focused on client service. For example: (i) we staff our matters with highly-experienced lawyers whose billing rates are often less than junior lawyers at larger firms; (ii) we impose no billable hour requirements on our lawyers — rather than incentivizing our lawyers to increase time spent on a matter, we reward efficiency; (iii) we offer flexible fee arrangements suited to a particular client’s needs; and (iv) we foster internal cooperation by de-emphasizing “billing credit” in our compensation structure. We believe these and other factors distinguish us from our competitors and greatly benefit our clients.
Our firm represents a wide range of clients, from entrepreneurs to global institutions. The Firm’s principal practice areas focus on banking and corporate finance, business litigation, corporate and securities law, real estate, tax, employment law, and bankruptcy and restructuring.
Our recent notable engagements include numerous high-profile matters of the type typically awarded to much larger firms. Examples include representing: (i) a major foreign airline in defending litigation brought against it by one of the largest U.S. airlines; (ii) multiple investment funds in their acquisition of hotels and other commercial properties in Brazil and Uruguay; (iii) a consortium of predominantly European banks in the workout of a $650 million defaulted commercial loan; (iv) the United States Treasury in approximately 165 transactions in which an aggregate of $1.7 billion was funded to community banks around the U.S. under the Federal Government’s Small Business Lending program; (v) a private investment firm in a $50 million private equity financing; (vi) an Internet media company in a $25 million venture capital financing; (vii) a natural foods company in a successful sale to a Fortune 100 company; and (viii) numerous clients in fund formations with respect to a variety of fund products including hedge funds, private equity funds, real estate funds and venture capital funds.
Firm Practice Areas
- Banking and Finance Law
- Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
- Corporate Law
- Employment Law - Management
- Litigation - Intellectual Property
- Litigation - Real Estate
- Litigation - Trusts and Estates
- Mergers and Acquisitions Law
- Real Estate Law
- Tax Law