Tom Cole is a partner in Sidley Austin’s Chicago office. He joined the firm upon graduation from The University of Chicago Law School in 1975 and became a partner in 1981. For 15 years ended in April 2013, he served as chair of the firm’s Executive Committee.
Mr. Cole focuses his practice on public company mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. In 2001, Mr. Cole was recognized by Chambers Global as one of the 26 U.S. lawyers included in its list of the “Global 100 Lawyers.” He was designated an M&A “Dealmaker of the Year” for 2007 by The American Lawyer. In 2010 and 2013, he was named to NACD’s “Directorship 100.”
Corporate governance assignments have included advising public company boards on a variety of subjects, including shareholder activism. He teaches the seminar on corporate governance at The University of Chicago Law School. Mr. Cole taught the same seminar at Harvard Law School in 2015.
He has been involved in approximately 60 announced public company mergers, spin-offs and takeover defenses.
Mr. Cole has been active in many civic, charitable and professional organizations. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of The University of Chicago.