|Employer||Ziliak Law, LLC|
Nicholas Ghanma is a senior associate at Ziliak Law, LLC, a Chicago-based boutique law firm focused on the trading and investment management industry. He joined the firm in May 2014 after working in the legal department of a large broker-dealer and futures commission merchant, as in-house counsel for a hedge fund and as a financial advisor. At Ziliak Law, Ghanma focuses his practice on transactional and corporate matters, negotiating and drafting agreements and other contracts, and advising clients on general corporate, securities, licensing, and intellectual property issues.
Ghanma began his legal career at the Chicago office of Mayer Brown LLP, as an associate in the firm’s corporate and securities practice. There he advised clients on corporate transactions and other matters including mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, private fund formation, licensing of intellectual property and complex finance and loan agreements.
In 2013, he left Mayer Brown to work as a financial adviser for Edward Jones, and later worked as a legal consultant for hedge fund Alpha Architect LLC.
Ghanma has also worked in the not-for-profit arena advising clients in philanthropic entity formation and tax reporting, and in the publishing industry advising publishers on acquisitions, author contracts, licensing agreements and electronic publishing rights. He has worked with the Wills for Heroes Program, where he advised Chicago police officers and their families on estate planning issues and drafted wills for them on a pro bono basis.
He has held FINRA series 6, 7, 63 and 66 licenses, and health and life insurance licenses from the State of Hawaii and State of Illinois. He is also licensed to practice law in Illinois, Ohio and Hawaii.
Ghanma received a B.S. in Finance and International Business from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 2004, and a J.D. from DePaul University in Chicago in 2010.
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