Creighton R. Meland Jr.

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Creighton R. Meland, Jr. practices in the area of banking, finance & major projects. Mr. Meland was named a leading Illinois lawyer in banking & finance by Chambers USA from 2005-2016. He leads the Firm’s pro bono practice in matters related to microfinance, and has been recognized for his work in Crain’s Chicago Business and The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

Practice Focus

In addition to Mr. Meland’s customary role as counsel to lending companies in financing matters, he advises financial institutions regarding the delivery of financial products and services worldwide, including regulation of global custodians, mutual funds, investment advisors, and broker and dealers.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Represented Mizuho Bank, Ltd. as Administrative Agent in a USD947 million syndicated, structured term loan facility involving sale and lease back financing for iPhone devices originated by Sprint Corporation.

  • Assisted Ecolab Inc. in a merger between this NYSE company and Nalco Holding Company (NYSE) with operations in 150 countries (USD8.3 billion).

  • Represented Stryker Corporation in USD1.25 billion syndicated, multi-currency revolving credit facility.

  • Represented Georgian American Alloys in USD75 million asset-based revolving credit financing.

  • Represented major money center bank as Administrative Agent in USD115 million, multicurrency credit facilities for a Chicago-based fast foods supplier.

  • Represented Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. in several export financings insured by Eximbank.

  • Represented Wells Fargo Bank, National Association as agent bank in USD250 million financing for Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

  • Advised Ecolab Inc., McDonalds and Ingredion in connection with multijurisdictional cash pooling facilities.

  • Represented Grande Cheese Company in connection with a USD95 million syndicated credit facility.

  • Represented several international passenger airlines from Thailand, China, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan in Eximbank-supported financings.


  • New York~United States (2002)
  • Illinois~United States (1989)


  • University of Michigan Law School (J.D. magna cum laude) (1989)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) (B.S. cum laude) (1978)


  • English