Fritz Thomas represents clients in transactions and a variety of corporate and securities law matters. His transactional practice focuses on stock acquisitions, asset acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures, strategic alliances, financings, shareholder arrangements and various other transactions. Clients represented by Fritz include US, foreign and multinational corporations and other entities, both public and private. Transactions on which Fritz works include transactions occurring solely in the United States, transactions occurring in another country and transactions involving multiple jurisdictions. In addition to his transactional practice, Fritz also advises boards of directors, committees of boards of directors and management regarding a wide range of corporate governance, securities and other matters.
Chambers USA has described Fritz as a "big deal guy" who does "an outstanding job of providing great service"... "'intelligent and polished' ... 'a trusted adviser of the highest degree’” ... "always fantastic to work with, extremely knowledgeable, unbelievably responsive and very much an expert in his areas"..."vastly experienced in M&A and general corporate work... an 'extremely knowledgeable counsel' who takes a 'practical and pragmatic approach' to deals.” Fritz has been listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Who's Who Legal Illinois for Corporate Governance and Mergers and Acquisitions, Best Lawyers in America in Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Corporate Governance Law and Corporate Compliance Law, the Expert Guide to the World's Corporate Governance Lawyers, and The Legal 500 - United States. In addition, he was selected as a "BTI Client Service All-Star" by BTI Consulting Group (one of 176 lawyers across the US identified in surveys of corporate counsel as "delivering the absolute best client service to Fortune 1000 clients"), as an International Law Office Client Choice Award winner (the US award winner in General Corporate), as the Best Lawyers' Chicago Corporate Compliance Law "Lawyer of the Year" and Chicago Corporate Governance Law "Lawyer of the Year", as a "Leading Lawyer" in mergers and acquisitions by IFLR1000, as a "Leading Lawyer" by Leading Lawyers Network and as an "Illinois Super Lawyer."
Fritz previously served as the Partner in Charge of Mayer Brown’s Chicago office, a member of the firm’s Management Committee and one of the co-heads of the firm's Corporate & Securities practice. Fritz joined Mayer Brown’s Chicago office in 1975. From 1978 to 1981, he practiced in the firm’s London Office and also taught corporation law as adjunct professor at the University of Notre Dame’s London Law Center (1980–1981). He resumed his practice with the Chicago office in 1981. From 1974 to 1975, he served as law clerk to the Honorable John C. Godbold, US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in Montgomery, Alabama.