Rebecka’s primary practice areas are mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and private companies.  In the private companies space, she works closely with the firm’s Private Clients, Trusts and Estates group to support family office operations and assist in the estate planning and estate administration process.  She also has experience working in public finance and tax, in particular with qualified opportunity funds, as well as in commercial real estate, corporate compliance, and government contracting. Before joining the firm, Rebecka worked for judges in both federal and state courts, and draws on her judicial experience in analyzing the best solutions for specific client issues.

  • Experience

    • Provide regular information, updates, and analysis regarding qualified opportunity zone regulations.
    • Track and provide updates regarding state, county, city, and local enactment of stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders during the COVID-19 emergency, and advise clients on as-applied basis regarding exceptions for essential businesses.
    • Assisted in executing the acquisition strategy by conducting due diligence, reviewing and negotiating schedules, and managing closing checklists and documents for a $35 billion financial holding company, including the following:
      • $95 million cash-stock split acquisition
      • $46 million cash-stock split acquisition
    • Part of the deal team that represented Altaris Capital Partners LLC, a private investment firm focused on the healthcare industry, in its $650 million acquisition of 3M’s drug delivery business.
    • Provide ongoing information and advice to public companies with respect to disclosure requirements and practices and general governance matters.
    • Part of the team representing a Chicago-based investment manager with respect to the formation of a private equity funds of funds, including negotiations with a wide variety of public pension funds, and the ongoing operation of those funds of funds.
    • Representation of prominent institutional investors as limited partners in numerous domestic and international private equity, venture capital, real estate and hedge fund investments.
    • Drafted and organized the 60+ distribution, assignment, and sale documents necessary to execute the multi-phase administration of a $40 million estate, and provide on-going corporate governance assistance to the family office.
    • Routinely review the company holdings of high net-worth individuals and assist in advising and restructuring for best tax and estate planning outcomes.
    • Assisted in the pro bono representation of a Spanish-only-speaking client in a 1983 case alleging inadequate medical care, including managing discovery requests, responses and motion practice, taking witness depositions, and preparing an expert report.
  • Credentials


    • Vanderbilt Law School, J.D., 2017
      Journal of Transnational Law, Executive Articles Editor
      Dean’s Scholar
      Helen Scott Curry International Law Scholar
      Branstetter Summer Fellow
      Hon. Gerald E. Rosen, U.S. District Court, Judicial Intern (2015)
      Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr., Michigan Supreme Court, Judicial Intern (2015)
    • University of Wisconsin, M.A., Applied English Linguistics, 2014
      Guy S. Lowman Applied English Linguistics First Year Excellence Award
    • University of Michigan, B.A., English Language and Literature, 2011, with honors
      Dean’s List

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois
      • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
      • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


          • Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler, Wisconsin Supreme Court, Law Clerk (2017-2018)

          Languages Spoken & Fluency

          • Spanish, Proficient
        • Insights

          News Release

          Schiff Hardin Advises Altaris in Acquisition of 3M’s Drug Delivery Business

          Schiff Hardin LLP represented Altaris Capital Partners LLC, a private investment firm focused on the healthcare industry, in its $650 million acquisition of substantially all of Kindeva Drug Delivery from 3M Company.


          CARES Act: $150 Billion Appropriated for COVID-19 Relief to State and Local Governments

          The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act appropriates $150 billion toward COVID-19 relief for fiscal year 2020. The vast majority of this amount will go to the states, although $3 billion is reserved for distribution to the District of Columbia and U.S. territories, and $8 billion will go to Tribal governments.


          UPDATE: Continuing Business Operations Under More Statewide “Shelter in Place” and “Stay at Home” Orders

          Since last week when we wrote about the “shelter in place” and “stay at home” orders issued in California, New York, and Illinois, many more states have issued similar orders. The general discussion from our prior alert still applies, but below is an up-to-date list of the states that have adopted the stay-at-home approach to fighting the spread of COVID-19.


          Continuing Business Operations Under Statewide “Shelter in Place” or “Stay at Home” Orders

          As of this alert, governors from California, New York, and Illinois have issued “shelter in place” or “stay at home” orders requiring all residents to stay at home, subject to certain exceptions, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


          Qualified Opportunity Zones, the Final Regulations: What’s New, What’s Changed, and What’s Stayed the Same

          On December 19, 2019, the U.S. Treasury Department (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released the final regulations relating to investment in Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZ).


          SEC Issues Proposed Regulations that Aim to Modernize and Streamline Disclosures Required Under Regulation S-K

          The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued proposed regulations earlier this month that would amend three of the disclosure items required under Regulation S-K:

          News Release

          Schiff Hardin Advises Wintrust in Two Chicago-Area Bank Acquisitions

          Schiff Hardin advised Wintrust Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: WTFC) on the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire STC Bancshares Corp., the parent company of STC Capital Bank, which operates five banking offices located in the communities of St. Charles, Geneva, and South Elgin, Ill.

          News Release

          Schiff Hardin Advises Wintrust on Three Year-End Acquisitions

          Schiff Hardin LLP advised Wintrust Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: WTFC) on the recent completion of three bank and financial institution acquisitions.


          Update: FinCEN Issues Revised Regulations that Aim to Discover and Prevent Money Laundering

          On November 15, 2018, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued its sixth Geographic Targeting Order (GTO) aimed at preventing money laundering in all-cash residential real estate purchases made by legal entities.


          Qualified Opportunity Zones: An Introduction to New Opportunities under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

          The IRS and Treasury Department issued proposed regulations that explain how investors can take advantage of the statute’s unique opportunity for deferral and exclusion of capital gains taxes by investing in designated distressed communities or QOZs.