January 28, 2022

Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli welcomes Evan Knobloch and Tracy Jacobson as shareholders in the firm’s national Corporate and Transactional Group and its dynamic Private Equity Practice. They are based in Chicago.

Knobloch focuses his practice on merger and acquisition work for private equity sponsors and funds. His practice includes advising businesses entering into complex transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures, as well as minority investments, leveraged buyouts, and commercial transactions.

Jacobson has both in-house and law firm experience representing organizations growing through acquisition in heavily regulated industries such as health care and data privacy. She is a former Chief Legal and Compliance Officer for a leading private equity-backed health care company.

“I’m excited to bring my practice to Polsinelli, where the firm’s culture and its national platform and full-service offerings make it possible to provide clients with truly comprehensive legal advice," said Knobloch. “My practice aligns well with Polsinelli’s Private Equity M&A practice, industry focus and operating model. I look forward to introducing my clients to all the firm’s offerings while helping to grow a premier middle-market M&A practice within Polsinelli.”

Knobloch brings with him a deep background serving private equity sponsors, portfolio companies, privately held companies, executives and investors, investor groups and family offices. His clients include businesses, owners and investors in transactions ranging from multi-millions to more than $1 billion in value. He also acts as general counsel to private equity platforms and closely held businesses, advising them on a day-to-day basis and on more complex issues, such as corporate governance matters and executive arrangements.

Jacobson serves middle-market clients in transactional work and as an outside general counsel, advising them on operations, human resource management and growth strategies.

“I’m pleased to be joining a firm doing such great work,” said Jacobson. “My focus has always been on taking a pragmatic, real-world approach to advising businesses and their owners as the market evolves, regulations change, and new challenges emerge. The Polsinelli team shares this philosophy and applies it every day in getting deals done and helping businesses grow.”

Knobloch obtained his B.A., cum laude, from Concordia College before earning a J.D. from University of Michigan Law School. Jacobson obtained her B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, and her J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.

“Both Evan and Tracy are great additions to an already deep bench of talented and business-minded private equity and M&A attorneys,” said Polsinelli Corporate and Transactional Chair Jonathan K. Henderson. “Clients rely on Evan and Tracy for their thoughtful counsel focused on achieving clients’ business goals both in the moment and over the long term. The responsiveness and dedication they bring to the practice is a great fit for our culture and the expectations of our clients.” 

Polsinelli was recently recognized as an unparalleled M&A Leader in the BTI M&A Outlook 2022: A Whole New World of M&A report. The firm was named as a leader in two areas of M&A – “Law Firms Best at Difficult Deals” and “Law Firms Best at Deals Attracting Regulatory Scrutiny.” 

The firm’s Corporate and Transactional Practice Group also continues to grow across the country, with the addition of Atlanta M&A and private equity attorneys Aubrey Gibson, Jr., Amanda Norcross and Suhail Seth.

About Polsinelli

Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with 950 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. Recognized by legal research firm BTI Consulting as one of the top firms for excellent client service and client relationships, the firm’s attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, middle-market corporate, labor and employment and business litigation. Polsinelli PC, Polsinelli LLP in California.