Bill Libit is the Chief Operating Partner of Chapman and Cutler LLP and concentrates his practice in the corporate and securities area.

Bill’s corporate and securities practice includes representation of issuers and investment banks in connection with public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities. He also represents issuers in other aspects of their business involving compliance with federal securities regulation, including preparation and review of required periodic filings including 10‑Ks, 10‑Qs and proxy statements and press releases and communications with institutional investors and shareholders as well as compliance with NYSE and NASDAQ listing requirements, corporate compliance and corporate governance counseling and strategy matters. Bill’s corporate governance practice includes advising public company boards, including audit, compensation and governance committees as well as investigative committees.

Bill was honored as one of the Crain’s Chicago Business 2019 Notable LGBTQ Executives, which recognizes business and not-for-profit leaders who use their positions to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Bill also leads Chapman’s Social Impact and Sustainability Task Force, which oversees and guides the firm’s internal practices and holds the firm accountable to United Nations Global Compact Sustainable Development Goals commitments. 

Representative Matters

  • Counsel to Fortune 600 public companies in connection with corporate governance and securities laws matters and corporate compliance
  • Counsel to compensation committee of NYSE listed company in connection with executive compensation matters
  • Counsel to corporate governance committee in connection with compliance matters
  • Counsel to NYSE listed company in connection with $250 million syndicated credit agreement
  • Counsel to investor-owned utility in connection with $125 million Rule 144A medium term note program


Edison Electric Institute (EEI)

Garrett Corporate and Securities Law Institute

Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals

  • Corporate Practices Committee
  • Securities Law Committee



New York


University of Chicago, Booth Graduate School of Business, M.B.A., 2001

Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1985

  • Notes and Comments Editor, Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business

Emory University, B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude, 1982

  • Phi Beta Kappa



  • "Transformative Measures: Mastering Firmwide ESG Strategy," Thomson Reuters Institute's 21st Annual Law Firm COO & CFO Forum, October 2022

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