Edward S. Best: Lawyer with Mayer Brown LLP

Edward S. Best

Chicago,  IL  U.S.A.
Phone312 701 7100

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Practice Areas

  • Banking & Finance
  • Convertible Bonds
  • Emerging Markets
  • High Yield Bonds
  • Capital Markets
  • Initial Public Offerings (IPOs)
  • Corporate & Securities
  • Financial Institutions M&A
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Insurance
  • Transactions
  • Bermuda & Other Offshore Reinsurance
  • Social Media Law
  • Complex Reinsurance Transactions
  • Insurance Linked Securities
  • Insurance Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Insurance Outsourcing & Information Technology
  • Insurance Regulatory & Compliance
  • Insurance Tax
  • Life Insurance & Reinsurance Transactions
  • Pension De-Risking & Longevity Solutions
  • Reinsurance Run-off and Insolvency
  • Israel
  • Latin America
  • Life Sciences
Contact InfoTelephone: 312 701 7100
Fax: 312 706 8106
University University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, A.B., 1983
Law SchoolLoyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1986
Admitted1986, Illinois


American Bar Association, Sub-committee on Federal Regulation of Securities

Adjunct Professor of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent School of Law, 1996, 1997


Edward Best's 'extremely quick mind' makes him a popular figure among lawyers and clients alike. 'He is never stumped by a question...'

Chambers USA

Edward Best joined Mayer Brown in 1986 and steadily built a successful capital markets and corporate law practice. Today, he is co-leader of the firm's Capital Markets and Financial Institutions groups and serves on Mayer Brown's Partnership Board. He is widely recognized as one of the nation's leading capital markets attorneys. Eddie's experience includes:

Capital Markets. Representing issuers and underwriters in connection with public and Rule 144A offerings of debt, equity, convertible and hybrid securities in the US and Europe; continuously offered debt and equity programs; liability management transactions, including equity and debt self-tenders, exchange offers, and consent solicitations; particular emphasis on offerings by financial institutions, including banks, insurance companies, brokers and specialty finance companies, and cross-border offerings.

Mergers and Acquisitions. Counseling buyers, sellers, and financial intermediaries in connection with public and private acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures, mergers, tender offers, and proxy contests.

General Corporate Practice. Advising companies regarding Securities Act and Exchange Act compliance, NYSE and NASDAQ compliance, corporate governance, and Sarbanes-Oxley Act matters.

Chambers USA noted that Edward Best's 'extremely quick mind' makes him a popular figure among lawyers and clients alike. 'He is never stumped by a question . . ..' Eddie has been described as Aptly named, as he's one of the best in town, and as A 'stand-out debt and equity' lawyer. Legal500 recommended Eddie in Capital Markets - Debt Advice to Issuers and Capital Markets - High-Yield - Advice to Managers, noting that Eddie is chief amongst [Mayer Brown's excellent partners]. Eddie is also listed in Who's Who Legal, Best Lawyers in America for Securities Law, the Guide to the World's Leading Capital Market Lawyers, The International Who's Who of Capital Markets Lawyers (2007), and the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers (2008). In addition, he has been named among the Leading Lawyers in Illinois in the categories of Corporate Finance Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, and Securities and Venture Finance Law.


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Three Things US Audit Committee Members Should Consider in 2015
David S. Bakst,Jason S. Bazar,John P. Berkery,Edward S. Best,Jennifer J. Carlson, April 14, 2015
Audit Committees are facing increased demands from many quarters heading into 2015, which expand their responsibilities, expose them to greater regulatory scrutiny and potential liabilities, and provide the basis for proxy and shareholder activists to oppose the re-election of Audit Committee...

Three Things US Audit Committee Members Should Consider Now
David S. Bakst,John P. Berkery,Edward S. Best,James B. Carlson,Michael L. Hermsen, September 19, 2014
Audit Committees have seen their responsibilities increase dramatically in 2014. Additionally, they have also faced increased regulatory scrutiny, potential liabilities and proxy and shareholder activist opposition to the re-election of Audit Committee members to the board of directors of the...

First Conflict Minerals Filings Still Due June 2, 2014
Duncan A. W. Abate,David S. Bakst,Harry R. Beaudry,John P. Berkery,Edward S. Best, May 12, 2014
On April 29, 2014, Keith Higgins, the director of the Division of Corporation Finance for the US Securities and Exchange Commission (the Division), issued a statement confirming that “the Division expects companies to file any reports required under Rule 13p-1 on or before” June 2,...

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Edward S. Best

71 S. Wacker Drive
ChicagoIL 60606


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