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Practical advice. Market insight. Innovation mindset.

Chapman is a law firm focused on finance. Our firm is comprised of lawyers with the highest level of technical skills and industry insight who care deeply about their clients. We work with the most sophisticated financial companies and institutional investors in the world on matters that are interesting, challenging, and innovative. We have industry-leading practices in asset securitization and structured finance, commercial lending, public finance, lease finance, registered investment companies, institutional private placements, and bankruptcy and restructuring. We have more than 230 lawyers in offices across the country and in key US financial centers: Charlotte, Chicago, New York, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. Chapman is also on the leading edge of legal services innovation, investing in new technology and practice management solutions for the firm and its clients to drive efficiency, agility, and client service.

Our Story. We have always been rooted in finance. In 1906, Chicago attorney Theodore S. ("TS") Chapman was hired as counsel to convert the largest distributor of municipal and corporate bonds in the United States into a state-chartered bank. Thus began the path to the firm’s founding and focus on finance. In 1913, TS Chapman launched his law practice and partnered with public finance attorney Henry Cutler to form Chapman and Cutler.

The banking, public finance, securities, and corporate finance practices that TS Chapman and Henry Cutler developed became the bedrock of our firm. With this solid foundation, Chapman and Cutler has weathered the Great Depression, two world wars, and varying levels of global financial crises and pandemics. Through it all, we have helped our clients finance everything from railroad equipment, autos, credit card receivables, student loans, airplanes, ships, office buildings, and factories to schools, city halls, hospitals, wind farms, high speed rail, and energy facilities.

Our Clients. Chapman’s clients span the global financial markets. We represent domestic and international commercial banks, investment banks, insurance companies, finance and leasing companies, investment funds, state and local governmental bodies, public pension plans, utilities and renewable energy companies, and other issuers and investors in a broad range of financial transactions, regulatory, and litigated matters.

We have worked with these clients to help develop many original financial products and structures that are still used today, including the variable rate demand bond, the leverage lease, and the unit investment trust. Chapman has a rich legacy of innovation that continues to this day. Our client relationships have spanned decades and literally over a century – TS Chapman’s first client in 1913 is still a client of the firm today.

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