Charles A. Compton is a Member in the Energy, Construction, and Renewable Energy industry groups, focusing primarily on coal, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate. He practices out of the Firm's office in Evansville, Indiana, and is the Managing Member of that office.
Charles enjoys being a leader within the Firm. In addition to serving as Managing Member of the Evansville office and Co-Chair of the Firm's internal transactional practice group, he serves as Chairman of the Firm’s Quality Standards Committee and is s member of the Firm's Nominating Committee.
For Charles, when he’s working with a client, he’s part of their team.
In his practice, Charles has dealt with a wide range of issues in commercial law, corporate law, real estate, and natural resources. He has two decades of private practice experience as well as four years of experience as general counsel and senior executive of a coal company.
Charles has advised acquirers, target companies, and their owners during many acquisitions across a range of industries, including coal, oil and gas, construction, dredging, transportation, manufacturing, wholesale supply, and retail sales. He has advised clients in connection with transactions ranging in enterprise dollar values from the low millions to in excess of one-half billion.
His business law experience includes advising clients on a range of corporate governance and shareholder succession matters. His practice also includes representing borrowers and lenders in traditional financing transactions, as well as representing clients in mezzanine debt and preferred capital transactions.
Charles began his practice in Indianapolis, where his practice included experience not only with mergers, acquisitions, and corporate securities, but also as bond counsel on several tax-exempt bond offerings for both local issuers and various agencies in Indiana.
Within the coal industry, he has served as lead counsel for companies in the acquisition, sale, or development of many permitted mining operations, as well as the acquisition of inactive or undeveloped properties in dozens of project areas. Charles has drafted and negotiated a wide array of commercial contracts for mining clients, and he has assisted the industry by drafting Indiana legislation affecting title to and the development of coal. Charles is former director and vice chair of the Illinois Coal Association.
Away from the office Charles is an avid golfer, music lover and all-around sports fan (GO HOOSIERS!). He plays the piano and enjoys attending theater performances with his family.