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Kenneth (Ken) M. Crane



Ken Crane focuses his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital financing, entity formation, joint venture negotiation and general corporate counseling. He has structured, negotiated, supervised and closed many financing and capital raising transactions, including private placements, convertible security investments, secured and mezzanine loan facilities, project finance, workouts, reorganizations and negotiation of intercreditor relationships.  In addition, he counsels clients in corporate lending and management as well as shareholder disputes.  Ken has extensive transactional experience in Eastern Europe and China.

Professional Recognition

  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
    (AV®, BV® and CV® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2007 - Present: Venture Capital Law

Professional Leadership

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Les Turner ALS Foundation, Director and Executive Committee Member
  • Hinsdale Village Caucus

Related Employment

  • Jenkens & Gilchrist, Chicago, IL, Partner, 1999-2004
  • Altheimer & Gray, Chicago, IL, Partner, 1993-1999; Associate, 1986-1993 


  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1986
    Editor of Recent Decisions Notes Section, Illinois Bar Journal
  • University of Illinois, B.A., History, 1980

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois