About

Andrew May

Andrew May has sixteen (16) years experience representing nearly every type of financial services company and related professionals and traders in litigation, regulatory and transactional matters.

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 and other regulatory bodies. 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 continued to serve a number of long-standing broker-dealers, investment advisers (IAs) and futures introducing broker (IB) clients in a quasi General Counsel role.

Private Practice – Partner

At Lewitas & May, Andrew represented and counseled financial services 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), New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and other exchange arbitration forums. Andrew has also defended respondents before exchange, governmental regulators and other Self-Regulatory Organization (SRO) forums. In one such action, he represented a nationally known author and investment adviser (IA). He has advised proprietary trading firms, Forex traders, hedge funds, issuers of private placements and counseled financial service companies 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 investment advisers (IAs), 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’ rules and regulations. He drafted disclosure documents, private placement memorandums 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), now known as Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

In-House Counsel
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 starting new businesses.

EDUCATION

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.

Contact Financial Services Attorney Andrew May

Free consultations · Se habla español · Hours: 8:30-5:30, Monday through Friday, evening and weekend hours by appointment · Call 224-534-0579 or contact May Law, PC’s Cook County compliance planning attorney by e-mail for an initial consultation or case evaluation.

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