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HMB Elevates Grant Hendricks, David Machemer and Tim Rybicki to Partner01/08/2020

Chicago, IL December 12, 2019 HMB Legal Counsel, a preeminent provider of legal services in Business and Finance, State and Local Tax, Trusts and Estates, Bankruptcy, Reorganization and Creditors' Rights, Real Estate and Litigation announced that three associate attorneys were elevated to partner. (more…)…

HMB Represents Listen Ventures in $2.8M Series Seed Funding Round of Washington State-Based Childhood Development Company01/06/2020

Slumberkins, makers of tools for early emotional learning, has secured $2.8 million in its Series Seed funding round led by Listen Ventures and SeaChange Fund. HMB represented Listen Ventures in their investment. Listen Ventures, a consumer-only venture capital firm focused on backing and building the brands of tomorrow, invests in ambitious entrepreneurs who challenge traditional thinking. This capital injection comes…

Samantha Breslow Discusses the Paradox of Chicago’s Approach to Nexus and the “Cloud Tax” with Bloomberg Tax01/03/2020

Chicago's previously hidden tax ruling exempted Moxie Software Inc. from tax collection duties under the "Cloud Tax". In an article by Bloomberg Tax, Samantha Breslow explains the discrepancy between the Cloud Tax and Chicago's stance on nexus. Because the city didn't address the question of nexus in 2015 when modifications to its Personal Property Lease Transaction Tax were made, the…

Samantha Breslow discusses Chicago’s Previously Hidden Private Letter Rulings with Bloomberg Tax01/02/2020

In an article published by Bloomberg Tax, Samantha Breslow delves into the challenges presented to taxpayers after Chicago's previously hidden Private Letter Rulings ("PLRs") come to light. "Historically, it has been very difficult to gain access to Chicago GILS ["General Information Letters"] or PLRs, which results in a lack of transparency for taxpayers trying to comply with city ordinances," said…

Samantha Breslow Named a 2019 National Law Review Go-To Thought Leader12/11/2019

For her articles focusing on Illinois and Cook County Tax Law, including those on Chicago and Cook County Amusement Tax and Applying the Chicago Lease Transaction Tax to "Cloud" Software Products, Sam is named a 2019 National Law Review Go-To Thought Leader. 75 authors from a pool of over 100,000 legal news articles published by the National Law Review in…

HMB Represents Hyde Park Angels in $4.5M Funding Round of Chicago-based Tech/Cannabis Company12/06/2019

Leaf Trade, a technology company whose wholesale ordering platform connects licensed cannabis vendors and dispensaries, announced that it raised $4.5 million in a funding round led by HPA and Duke Software Investments. HMB represented Hyde Park Angels (HPA) in their investment. HPA's people-first approach provides unique value to entrepreneurs and investors. HPA will be actively involved in Leaf Trade at…

Hal Wood Named to Law Firm Alliance’s Board of Directors12/02/2019

Hal Wood was named to the Law Firm Alliance's Board of Directors. The LFA is an international network of mid-sized law firms where members collaborate to share knowledge, experience and jurisdictional expertise to benefit their clients. The LFA provides a wealth of trusted resources for our clients and virtually expands our attorney network worldwide.…

HMB represents Colony Display LLC in Sale to Kinzie Capital Partners11/21/2019

HMB represented Colony Display LLC in its sale to Kinzie Capital Partners LLC, a Chicago-based private equity firm. Colony Display is a leader in highly customized fixtures and displays servicing the home improvement, retail and hospitality industries. Kinzie's acquisition of Colony Display will see the company into the next phase of growth and provide resources to advance company strategy and…

HMB Represents DataCubes in $15.2 Million Series B Funding Round11/15/2019

DataCubes is the first underwriting decisioning platform for commercial property and casualty insurance. Leveraging machine learning and artificial intelligence software, DataCubes provides commercial carriers of all sizes the ability to make real-time underwriting decisions. The intelligence gathered provides efficient, accurate, and productive steps forward for DataCubes' clients. The company was founded in 2016 by Kuldeep Malik and Harish Neelamana and…

Breen Schiller is named Chair of the 2020 IPT Sales Tax Symposium11/14/2019

Breen Schiller is named Chair of the 2020 IPT Sales Tax Symposium. The Institute for Professionals in Taxation® (IPT) serves members throughout the United States and Canada by providing educational tax resources. Members come from corporate, firm and taxpayer backgrounds. IPT's annual Sales Tax Symposium connects experts in the tax industry with professionals in sales and use tax. The symposium takes…

HMB represents Ascent in $19.3 Million Series B Funding Round11/06/2019

HMB represented Ascent in a $19.3 Million Series B Funding Round, led by Drive Capital. Ascent is an AI-driven solution company. Their goal is to help customers automate regulatory compliance by delivering customers regulatory knowledge in the form of a dynamic obligations register. This approach reduces the mundane and error-prone manual efforts of regulatory research and analysis. With Series B…

HMB Represents EDCO Health Information Solutions Inc. in Sale to BV Investment Partners11/05/2019

HMB represented EDCO Health Information Solutions Inc. in it's sale to BV Investment Partners, a middle-market private equity firm focused on the business services, software and IT sectors. Headquartered in St. Louis, MO, EDCO provides automated unstructured data indexing solutions to healthcare providers. EDCO's Solarity®, a patented medical record indexing software, gives automated transformation of unstructured data into clinically relevant patient…

Breen Schiller Discusses Kansas’ Remote Seller Policy with Law36010/17/2019

In the article, "Kansas Tax Chief Not Worried About Remote Seller Litigation" written by Law360, Breen discusses how remote sellers have been caught in a no-man's land due to political struggle. Kansas' recent remote seller policy puts a tax burden on small businesses. But despite the criticism, the state's top tax administrator, Secretary of Revenue Mark Burghart, stated that he…

Chris Lutz Discusses Massachusetts’ “Cookie Nexus” Case in Virginia Court with Tax Notes10/17/2019

Chris Lutz spoke about the Virginia Albemarle County Circuit Court's decision in Crutchfield Corp. v. Harding, in an article by Tax Notes. Chris explained that Virginia courts did not have personal jurisdiction over a Massachusetts official claiming Crutchfield had sales tax nexus with the state. The Massachusetts regulation considers the use of in-state software and cookies as constituting a physical…

HMB Retained as Counsel to Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Thrush Aircraft, Inc.10/09/2019

On September 24, 2019, the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Thrush Aircraft, Inc. selected HMB Legal Counsel (“HMB”) as its counsel, with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Georgia approving HMB’s retention on October 2, 2019. Thrush Aircraft ( “Thrush”) is a leading designer and manufacturer and of single-engine light aircraft, primarily used in agriculture operations. Thrush…

HMB Represents Launchways in Partnership Deal09/19/2019

HMB represented Launchways in a new partnership deal with Patriot Growth Insurance Services, LLC. Launchways, founded in 2009, provides business leaders with human resources consulting, employee benefits and commercial insurance solutions. Launchways has guided over 400 customers to overcome insurance and human resources challenges throughout the Midwest. The company recently moved its headquarters to Chicago to accommodate its growing employee…

HMB in Action: Team HMB at Race Judicata 201909/17/2019

9/12/19 Chicago, IL 16 HMB team members participated in the 2019 Race Judicata 5k Sprint for Justice. The race celebrates pro bono work and raises funds for Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, the city's biggest volunteer-based legal aid provider. Team HMB had a blast racing in support of the CVLS and their mission to represent Chicago's poor and working poor community.…

Samantha Breslow Discusses Chicago’s “Cloud Computing Tax” with Bloomberg Law News09/16/2019

Auditors in Chicago have been aggressively asserting that businesses have tax duties under the "cloud computing tax" because of their economic presence, or the volume of business they conduct within the city. In an article by Bloomberg Law News titled "State of Wayfair: Economic Thresholds Sneak Into Chicago Audits" by Michael J. Bologna, Samantha Breslow explains that the problem is…

Breen Schiller Discusses the Arizona High Court’s Decision to Tax OTCs with Tax Notes09/12/2019

Arizona's supreme court requires online travel companies, or OTCs, to pay local taxes on the revenue they receive for arranging hotel stays in the state. The court determined that OTCs do not qualify as being in the business of operating a hotel and thus found that the local privilege tax on hotels didn't apply. Breen spoke with Tax Notes regarding…

Samantha Breslow Discusses Chicago’s Tax on Cloud-Based Products09/10/2019

At the beginning of 2016, Chicago implemented a unique method to tax businesses for their use of remote computing services, also known as the cloud. The Personal Property Lease Transaction Tax program collected $13.9 million during its first six months and rose to $42.2 million through 6/30/18. In an article by Bloomberg Law News, Samantha Breslow explained that Chicago is…

HMB Represents Chicago-based Social Enterprise A.M. Money in Venture Capital Financing08/28/2019

HMB represented A.M. Money, Inc. in an outside venture capital round led by Lightbank. Founded by Daniel Rogers based on his experience paying for college by enlisting in the United States Army and taking courses online while deployed in a combat unit in Iraq, A.M. Money is a Chicago-based social enterprise that provides low-interest, no-cosigner loans to college students from…

Attorneys in Action: Sean Auton gives back with Facing Forward to End Homelessness08/28/2019

Sean Auton, an HMB partner and member of HMB's Business and Finance practice, gave out plenty of high-fives at Facing Forward to End Homelessness's Board/Resident picnic. Sean works with Facing Forward as a board member. Facing Forward ends the cycle of homelessness by providing housing and social services. Once critical needs such as food and housing are met, clients at…

Attorneys in Action: John Wiktor Gives Back as Bethesda Board Member08/23/2019

On 8/15/19, John Wiktor, Chair of HMB's Private Client, Trusts & Estates Group and pictured above in the blue shirt, joined the groundbreaking ceremony for Bethesda Cornerstone Village, in Victoria, Minnesota. The community, one of the first of its kind in the United States, will provide an inclusive environment for active seniors and independent adults with disabilities. John is a Board…

Samantha Breslow is appointed to Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s State and Local Tax Committee08/21/2019

After serving as Vice Chair of the Chicago Bar Association's SALT committee last year, Samantha Breslow has been appointed as the 2019-2020 Chair. Learn more about Chicago Bar Association here.…

Marilyn Wethekam Discusses How Old Tax Language Should be Amended for Modern Technology08/12/2019

State and local governments are trying to apply older tax laws to modern technologies such as streaming services. This one-size-fits-all ideology of the decades-old regulations leaves the law on shaky ground. Marilyn Wethekam discussed how shoehorning old tax laws to modern business services can be a setback at the Multistate Tax Commission's annual meeting in Boise, Idaho. "Ordinances and statutes…

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