Mr. Welch provides practical advice regarding inbound and outbound investment and other cross-border transactions, as well as domestic financial regulatory issues. When necessary, he represents clients in dealings with regulatory and enforcement agencies—including the Justice, Treasury, State, Commerce, and Defense Departments, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other federal and state agencies—and in internal investigations around the world, including in China, India, and the Middle East.
Mr. Welch provides operational and transactional guidance to large financial institutions and other Fortune 500 clients, as well as small and medium-sized businesses, involving dealings in virtually every major industry and country. He routinely advises clients regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-bribery laws; sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, export controls, anti-boycott, and other international trade and investment matters; the Patriot Act and anti-money laundering laws; and various federal and state financial regulatory regimes.
Mr. Welch has worked on hundreds of mergers, acquisitions, and other transactions in recent years, representing strategic buyers and sellers, as well as private equity companies, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, and other investors. He represents both lenders and borrowers on debt financings, underwriters and issuers on equity offerings, and investors and managers in the fund formation context.
Mr. Welch received a J.D. in 2010 from the University of Chicago Law School. Prior to law school, he received a B.A. from the University of Buffalo in 2007, magna cum laude, with majors in Economics, Political Science, and Psychology, and a minor in Philosophy. Mr. Welch previously worked at the Supreme Court of the United States and in the Chicago office of another international law firm.
Mr. Welch has performed pro bono work for Save the Children, Oxfam, nonprofit micro-lenders, the International Senior Lawyers Project, the Children’s Law Center, the Innocence Project, Election Protection, and Libraries Without Borders.