Brooks B. Gruemmer - McDermott Will & Emery


Brooks B. Gruemmer is a corporate partner with a wide-ranging practice representing private equity and other investment funds and private and public companies, with an emphasis on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, recapitalizations, joint ventures, and the related financing required to fund such transactions. Brooks is a former member of the Firm’s Management Committee and served as head of the Chicago office’s Transactions Practice Group for over a decade.

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  • Represented Tribune Company in connection with its transfer of the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field and related assets to a partnership with the Ricketts Family, and the transfer of Newsday Media Group to a partnership with Cablevision Systems

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  • The Best Lawyers in America, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, 2023-2024
  • Thomson Reuters, Stand-out Lawyer – independently rated lawyers, 2024
  • Chambers USA, Private Equity: Buyouts, Band 2, 2010-2023
  • The Legal 500 US, Recommended, 2012-2023
  • IFLR1000, M&A, 2022-2023
  • BTI Client Service All-Star Team


  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association


University of Michigan Law School, JD, cum laude and Order of the Coif, 1990
University of Notre Dame, BBA, with highest honors, 1987