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Ram Padmanabhan

Aon Corporation
Vice President and Chief Counsel / Company Secretary
Chicago, IL, USA


Ram Padmanabhan is currently Vice President, Chief Counsel-Corporate and Corporate Secretary for Aon Corporation in Chicago, Illinois.  At Aon, Mr. Padmanabhan is responsible for overseeing all global corporate transactions, including financing arrangements, capital investments and mergers, acquisitions and dispositions as well as other general corporate matters. In his role as Corporate Secretary, Mr. Padmanabhan also advises management and the Board of Directors on various corporate governance matters and counsels on and prepares various public disclosures on behalf of the company, including SEC reports and filings.

Prior to joining Aon, Mr. Padmanabhan was a partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in Chicago, Illinois. There he concentrated his practice in securities and merger and acquisition matters, including representing issuers and underwriters in public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities and advising clients in complex corporate transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, PIPEs, tender offers and restructurings. In addition, Mr. Padmanabhan regularly advised public companies on corporate governance and periodic disclosure matters arising under federal and state laws as well as under rules and regulations of NASDAQ and the New York Stock Exchange.

Mr. Padmanabhan also has extensive experience representing professional sports teams and their corporate sponsors on a variety of promotional, sponsorship and licensing matters, including in naming rights agreements, television and other media contracts and promotional events, as well as on general corporate matters. Prior to joining Katten Muchin Rosenman, Mr. Padmanabhan practiced with the Chicago offices of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Pattishall, McAuliffe.

Mr. Padmanabhan received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics, with distinction, from McGill University in 1990 and his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law in 1993, where he was the executive editor of the Northwestern University Law Review. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Padmanabhan served as a law clerk to the Honorable William J. Bauer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Mr. Padmanabhan has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University School of Law, where he was conferred the William M. Trumbull Lectureship for the 2004-05 academic year.

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