Luc Attlan



Luc Attlan is a business development diplomat, advising foreign companies seeking to do business in the United States and domestic companies growing foreign operations. His personal experience living abroad, fluency in French and Spanish, and a global network of contacts give Luc the international perspective that clients value. As counsel, Luc enriches opportunities for international investments, advises on transactions and negotiates among diverse parties.

Corporate and Transaction Counsel

Luc advises foreign clients on expanding their businesses in the United States through acquisitions, joint ventures, distributors and sales representatives. As a former equity options trader with Third Millennium Trading on the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Luc has first-hand experience weighing risks against rewards as part of calculated business decisions.

Well versed in Illinois and Delaware corporate law, Luc is equally conversant with the Uniform Commercial Code and international treaties applicable to cross-border transactions. He handles many types of transactions and corporate issues including:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Strategic partnerships
  • Capital fundraising
  • Formation and maintenance of U.S. subsidiaries for foreign companies.

Education Mergers and Acquisitions

Clients with an interest in higher education look to Luc for transaction counsel in this highly regulated sector; these include for-profit and nonprofit colleges, academic medical centers, private equity funds and other investors in for-profit educational institutions. He advises on education mergers and acquisitions, particularly transactions involving higher education institutions and education service providers. Luc advised on the first acquisition of a nonprofit medical school by a for-profit buyer, including the conversion of the acquired entity into a for-profit company.

Commercial and Government Contracts

Luc also advises on commercial and government contracts such as complex multiparty/multijurisdictional manufacturing agreements and multibillion-dollar technology outsourcing agreements. His government contract work covers certifications issued by government agencies and not-for-profit organizations certifying businesses as women- and minority-owned.

Representative Experience

  • Acquisitions and divestures of companies ranging from $500 million at the high end to just a few million at the low end, including a $400 million acquisition of a private label fruit juice business, the $250 million stock sale for a US public company of one of its manufacturing divisions, the $400 million asset acquisition of a tungsten metal company, and the purchase of two automobile parts manufacturing divisions for $51 million for a private equity fund
  • Numerous joint ventures and strategic partnerships, ranging in size from multibillion-dollars to smaller partnerships between foreign companies and US-based distributors
  • The formation and maintenance of US subsidiaries for numerous foreign companies doing business in the US
  • Commercial contracts of all types, ranging from standard supply and distributor agreements, to more complex multi-party/multi-jurisdiction manufacturing and joint development agreements, including multibillion-dollar IT outsourcing agreements for a large US public company

Personal Interests

Luc has traveled extensively and lived for many years in Europe and South America.


Bar Admissions





University of Illinois College of Law
J.D. cum laude (2006)

University of Illinois
B.S. (2000)

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

Luc has engaged in pro bono work every year since becoming a lawyer, including providing advice to not-for-profit French organizations and government affiliates, including the French Consulate and French Embassy. He also advises on asylum cases for individuals from French-speaking African countries who are seeking escape from persecution. Luc has a long tradition of volunteering his time, including tutoring and teaching underprivileged children in Chicago and elsewhere.

Professional Associations

  • French-American Chamber of Commerce
  • World Law Group — Board of Directors, Secretary
  • L’École Française a Chicago — President

Civic Activities

  • Conseiller du Commerce Exterieur de la France (French Trade Adviser to the French Government) — Treasurer


  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020 
  • Leading Lawyers — Illinois Emerging Lawyer, 2015

Awards Methodology 

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