Laurie A. Montplaisir

Partner

My ultimate objective is to act as both a legal advocate and thought leader to best position my clients to achieve their individual version of “success.”

My Background

The focus of my practice is business. While that can take many forms, I primarily concentrate in the areas of: finance, secured lending, corporate transactions, participations and workouts and business acquisition and sales, with an emphasis in the asset based lending and factoring industry. I also have significant experience in:

  • the acquisition and sale of businesses
  • due diligence
  • purchase agreements
  • financing documentation
  • forbearance and workout documents
  • inter-creditor agreements

Throughout my career I have represented, and continue to represent, a broad variety of clients, including lenders and factors providing financing, and small-to-middle-market service and manufacturing businesses in various life-cycle phases. I also frequently serve as outside general counsel, advising clients on a myriad of legal issues related to:

  • business formation and structuring
  • financing
  • contract negotiation and drafting
  • transactional matters
  • employment matters
  • general business needs
  • litigation

My ultimate objective is to act as both a legal advocate and thought leader to best position my clients to achieve their individual version of “success.” To do that, I rely on my business acumen and familiarity with a broad spectrum of legal issues and industries and combine it with my pragmatic approach to dealing with complex problems. Together, they help me create an ideal environment for my clients to achieve their business goals.

Representative Experience

  • Advised private and publicly traded companies in establishing and maintaining factoring operations, including drafting of all factoring documentation, establishing operations and procedures and compliance with best practices.
  • Counseled factoring clients in negotiating and documenting multi-million dollar bank credit facilities.
  • Represented a prominent regional bank in negotiating and documenting a credit facility to a factoring customer.
  • Advised clients regarding litigation matters related to breach of contract, fraud and the fraudulent transfer of assets.
  • Represented a manufacturing client in connection with the acquisition of several businesses, including conducting due diligence, negotiation and drafting of various acquisition documents and employment, consulting and non competition agreements.
  • Negotiated, drafts and reviews client and vendor contracts for various service industries clients.
  • Represented a manufacturing client in sale of business to publicly traded foreign company, including the negotiation and drafting of various sale documents and resolution of issues among equity owners related to the sale.
  • Represented clients in issuing non-consolidated opinions and true sale opinions in connection with a wide variety of commercial paper and asset securitization programs in diverse types of financial assets.

Laurie's Professional and Personal Activities and Achievements

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Professional and Personal Activities and Achievements

Preferred attorney with the International Factoring Association and frequent lecturer for the IFA, including conducting webinars, participating as a legal moderator at annual conference legal panels, conducting "Women in Finance" seminars and roundtables and as a moderator for factoring seminars. Founded the Midwest Chapter for the IFA.

Founding family and active volunteer for Old St. Mary's Catholic School, and volunteer for Old St. Mary's Catholic Church, including as a volunteer for children's liturgy.

Columbia Yacht Club race committee member and volunteer for various activities, including the planning and organizing of a "Safety at Sea" seminar.



My Education

Loyola University School of Law, J.D., cum laude with honors

Purdue University, B.A. in Finance, with honors, and Minor in Psychology

Admissions

IllinoisNew YorkU.S. District Court for Northern Illinois

Memberships

Chicago Bar Association American Bar Association Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago
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