Looking West: Chapman and Cutler Acquires California Bond Firm

Shields, Yvette
April 2003
Bond Buyer;4/30/2003, Vol. 344 Issue 31625, p6
Trade Publication
Chicago-based Chapman and Cutler, the financial services law firm has acquired a small California-based boutique law firm in Chapman's first move to establish a national geographic presence. The acquisition of Gnazzo Thill PC — a 10-lawyer operation based in San Francisco that also specializes in the area of financial services — is a first for Chapman in its 90-year history, chief executive partner Rick Cosgrove said in an interview on April 29, 2003. The deal was approved by the partners of both firms and will become effective June 1, 2003. The geographic expansion westward will be followed, eventually, by the establishment of a physical presence on the East Coast. The firm employs a total of 180 lawyers, with public finance representing about one-quarter of the firm's overall business.


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