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Dykema’s Richard Bendix to Join Ravinia Capital, LLC

April 25, 2017

Dykema, a leading national law firm, today announced that Richard M. Bendix, Jr., Chicago-based member of Dykema’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring Practice Group, is leaving the firm to join Ravinia Capital, LLC. Bendix departs after more than three decades of practice with the firm. He originally joined Schwartz, Cooper, Kolb & Gaynor (predecessor to Schwartz Cooper Greenberger & Krauss) in February 1981 before it combined with Dykema in 2008.

Ravinia Capital is a boutique investment bank whose advisory services, tailored toward middle market clients throughout the U.S., focus on mergers and acquisitions, debt advisory and strategic consulting. In his new role, Bendix will represent sellers in identifying, negotiating and structuring deals principally involving distressed businesses.

In his bankruptcy and commercial law practice with Dykema, Bendix represented financially troubled companies as well as their lenders in a wide variety of industries. He played a significant role in many cases, including two ground-breaking Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases—203 North LaSalle Street, one of the largest single-asset real estate cases ever filed (where he argued before the U.S. Supreme Court), and UNR Industries, Inc., the first company to use Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code to resolve asbestos claims.

“While we will miss his experience and his many contributions to the Firm, we are excited for Rick as he moves forward with this tremendous opportunity,” said Ed Weil, Chicago-based member and Leader of Dykema’s Financial Industry Group. “Ravinia and its founder Tom Goldblatt are long-time friends of the firm, and we couldn’t be happier for them. We are glad our relationship will be continue to grow and really look forward to the prospect of working with Rick in the future.”

Dykema’s nationally recognized Bankruptcy practice remains vibrant and will be led in Chicago by member Jonathan E. Aberman, who has nearly 20 years of experience in Bankruptcy Courts across the country.