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Jerry Carter’s practice focuses on mergers, acquisitions, financings and divestitures; formation, maintenance and dissolution of business entities; corporate structuring; and international and domestic joint ventures. He also advises on the legal aspects of the manufacture and sale of goods, including terms and conditions of sale or purchase and supply and distribution agreements.

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As an integral member of firm’s merger and acquisition team, Jerry has provided critical advice and support in all phases of client transactions. Jerry is able to contribute to even the most complex, high-value and large-scale transactions and initiatives. While strongly advocating for his clients, he takes a proactive approach to problem solving and deal-making through his consensus building and the development of productive working relationships with both clients and opposing parties.

Jerry has lived and worked in Japan, India and Korea. Prior to law school and business school, he participated in the Japan Exchange & Teaching Program and worked at the trading arm of Japan’s largest carmaker. Jerry understands the Japanese language and culture and assists the firm’s Japan-based clients, in addition to other international companies, at all stages of their investment into the U.S. Jerry understands the mindset of business professionals from around the globe and he is committed to supporting the client’s investment at every turn.

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  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law, J.D., 2013; Milton Stewart Global Legal Fellow; Elmore Family Entrepreneurship Law Scholar; Federal Communications Law Journal
  • Sungkyunkwan Graduate School of Business, M.B.A. Finance, 2013
  • Stanford University, Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama, Japan, 2006
  • The University of Tennessee, B.S., summa cum laude, Business Administration


  • Illinois


  • Japanese


Part of a team representing a Japanese manufacturer of ball bearings in connection with its $95 million acquisition of a U.S. tooling manufacturer.

Part of a team representing a Japanese manufacturer of aluminum in connection with a reorganization following its $155 million acquisition of a U.S.-based aluminum extrusion and fabrication company.

Assisted with a potential $50 million acquisition of a U.S.-based auto parts manufacturer by a German auto manufacturer.

Advised a Japanese manufacturer of cutting tools in connection with its $20 million acquisition of a U.S.-based carbide cutting tools company.

Part of a team representing a U.S. software company in connection with the $22.5 million sale of its assets to a U.S. wireless products and services company.

Advised a U.S. logistics company in connection with the $15 million sale of its stock to a Japanese logistics company.

Represented a Belgian manufacturer of decorations in connection with its acquisition of a U.S.-based distributor.

Represented an Irish blending and control process manufacturer in connection with the purchase of substantially all of the assets of a U.S.-based material handling equipment manufacturer.

Assisted with a restructuring matter for a Japanese manufacturer of quartz crystal devices.


American Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
International Network of Boutique Law Firms (INBLF)
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