Frank D. Ballantine

Frank D. Ballantine


WSG Practice Industries


Illinois, U.S.A.


Frank Ballantine is a trusted advisor and counselor to senior management, boards of directors, and investors in public and private companies based in the United States and abroad, across a wide range of industries. Active client sectors include information technologyincluding AI, mobile apps and solutionsfood, health care, business services, manufacturers, distributors and lenders.

Frank serves innovative and rapidly growing businesses and the investors who fund them. He also serves family and owner-operated businesses at transformative moments. Frank is outside general counsel to numerous businesses. He is lead transaction counsel to investors and management in venture and private equity investments, mergers and acquisitions, and debt financings. He also assists clients in joint ventures, marketing alliances and licensing. Frank has served or is serving ex officio on the Boards of 26 clients, as well as the advisory board of two venture funds.

Frank frequently speaks on topics involving private equity and venture capital finance, mergers and acquisitions, securities transactions, and high-growth developmental companies.

Frank has been AV Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and recognized by Chambers America’s Leading Lawyers. He has been named one of America’s leading mergers & acquisitions attorneys in Best Lawyers and an Illinois Super Lawyer in securities & corporate finance.

Bar Admissions



University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, J.D.

Columbia University Graduate School of Fine Arts, New York, New York, Work toward MFA in Film

Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania, Honors in English, B.A.

Manchester College, Oxford University; Junior Year
Areas of Practice

Business Services | Commercial Lending | Corporate Finance | Corporate Governance | Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation | Family Business Transition Team | Mergers & Acquisitions | Privacy and Data Security | Private Equity, Venture Capital & Mezzanine Finance | Securities | Technology & Sourcing Transactions