May Law, PC is a Chicago law firm concentrating in the area of financial services – primarily commodities, futures, foreign exchange (“FOREX”), options and securities law. Andrew May has eighteen (18) years of legal experience representing clients ranging from individuals and small business to Fortune 500 firms. Mr. May has represented nearly every type of commodities and securities company and related professionals and traders in litigation, regulatory and transactional matters.
The firm takes satisfaction in establishing one-on-one relationship with its clients. The firm seeks to move projects from commencement to conclusion in a prompt manner without overlapping attorneys, “over-lawyering” a file or a revolving door of attorneys staffing your project that have sadly become more common in the legal profession.
Private Practice – Owner/President
At May Law, PC, Andrew has continued to defend individuals, companies and entities in arbitrations before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) and National Futures Association (“NFA”). He has also defended individuals and companies under investigation by exchanges, FINRA and the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Andrew has continued to represent a number of money managers – including a nationally known author on the financial markets – commodity pools, Forex traders, private funds, hedge funds and proprietary trading firms. He has served a number of long-standing broker-dealers (BDs), registered investment advisers (RIAs) and futures introducing brokers (IBs) clients in a quasi-General Counsel role.
Private Practice – Partner
At Lewitas & May, Andrew represented and counseled futures and securities clients with business formation, compliance, disclosure, litigation, registration and transactional matters. As a partner in a small firm concentrating on securities and commodities related law, he defended “wire house” – Fortune 500 firms broker-dealers (BDs) – in National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) n/k/a FINRA, New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and other exchange arbitration forums. Andrew has also defended respondents before exchange, SEC and other self-regulatory organization (SRO) forums. In one such action, he represented a nationally known author and registered investment adviser (RIA). He has advised proprietary trading firms, Forex traders, hedge funds, issuers of private placements and counseled BDs, RIAs, FOREX and options on startup related issues.
Private Practice – Associate
Andrew worked at Henderson & Lyman in Chicago; a firm nationally recognized as a quintessential boutique law firm in the representation of futures industry participants-such as futures commission merchants (FCM), introducing brokers (IB), commodity pool operators (CPO), commodity trading advisers (CTA), and traders. That firm also had a noteworthy practice working with securities industry participants – such as registered investment advisers (RIAs), broker-dealers (BDs) and hedge fund operators. Andrew assisted clients to maintain compliance with state and federal law and regulation, as well as self-regulatory organizations’ (SRO), i.e., NFA rules and regulations. He drafted disclosure documents (DDOCS) , private placement memorandums (PPM) and compliance manuals for entities regulated under securities and commodities laws. Andrew, likewise, helped clients with continuing and new member applications with the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), n/k/a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
Previously, Andrew was General Counsel for Access Financial Group, Inc., an National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) registered broker-dealer (BD) and a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registered investment adviser (RIA) that, in 1998, managed more than one quarter of a billion dollars and had three domestic offices.
GENERAL PRACTICE EXPERIENCE
Andrew May has significant experience in representing non-financial service related clients. He has litigated cases in the States of California, Illinois, New York, Texas and Washington. He has also honed his skills in representing employers on contract and employment related law issues. In addition, he has represented entrepreneurs and existing business owners on the purchase and sale of businesses. Finally, he has assisted and counseled numerous entrepreneurs and technology srart-ups starting new businesses.
Andrew May earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois in 1992. Andrew earned his Juris Doctor from De Paul University College of Law in 1995. After practicing for a number of years, Andrew continued his legal education by working on his L.L.M. (Masters of Law) from Chicago-Kent College of Law, specializing in advanced legal studies of financial institutions and markets.
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