Mr. Billow is responsible for originating and executing middle market acquisition and divestiture assignments. He has over 30 years of transaction experience through his roles as a corporate attorney and as an investment banker. He has participated in more than 200 transactions in a wide variety of industries ranging in size from several million dollars to over one billion dollars. He has been a welcomed lecturer and panel participant before various state and local bar associations and continuing education forums and has presented talks before numerous gatherings of business analysts, lawyers, accountants, and business owners.
Prior to founding Billow Butler & Company, Mr. Billow served for 10 years as a decorated dealmaker at a national middle-market investment bank. During each of his final two years at the firm, his deal team, which included Darrell Butler, earned the firm’s “Top Gun” award, which recognizes the firm’s most prolific deal team. In addition, Mr. Billow earned other coveted accolades, including the “Gold Max” and “Crystal Max” awards for his ability to generate and close transactions. For 12 years prior, he practiced law at Winston & Strawn, a leading national law firm headquartered in Chicago. Mr. Billow specialized in business mergers, acquisitions and sales for major publicly-traded clients, as well as privately held companies. As a partner, he enjoyed responsibility for a significant number of transactions. In 1981, he became the youngest person elected to the firm’s partnership at that time. In addition to the energies he has devoted to these professional endeavors, Mr. Billow is very committed to active leadership in the community and many philanthropic organizations.
Mr. Billow graduated Highest Honors with a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University where he was a member of the honorary society of Phi Beta Kappa. He received both his M.B.A. and J.D. degrees from The University of Chicago.
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