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Better Business Your goal and ours

Dynamic middle-market companies, private equity and venture capital firms and financial institutions have one thing in common: they are resourceful in all they do and always look for better, more efficient and lasting ways to create and sustain momentum in their businesses. In HMB, you’ll find a partner who thinks like you, understands the drive to be better and knows what it takes to deliver.

Trusted in the Middle-Market

HMB has a strong reputation with middle-market, private companies spanning numerous industries. We’ve been involved in countless transactions, yet our connections with clients are anything but transactional. Ours is a track record of lasting, stewardship relationships throughout a client’s business and personal life cycle. We often serve as outside general counsel and a first-call advisor.

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Fluent in Your Business

Beyond knowing the ins and outs of privately-held, mid-market companies, we invest the time to get to know your company, management team, legal and operational structure, communication style, priorities and goals. We do this to adapt to your working style and become an extension of your team. This is the key to delivering practical, targeted, trusted advice.

Impactful Talent

We are a partnership of high performing lawyers who clients rely on to get important things done efficiently, wisely and well. To help you achieve winning outcomes, we focus on what we do best: quickly understanding the problem or opportunity, cutting to what matters most and figuring out what’s best for your business. Tell us what a win looks like or let us help you define success. Together, we’ll make it happen.

Seamless, Collaborative Approach

Whether we take the lead or play a support role, we’re connected to and work seamlessly with the accountants, bankers and other advisors key to making your company run better. If you need introductions, we’re happy to make them. Let us put together the team you need, with the experience you need, when you need it.

Efficient Where it Matters Most

Real efficiencies come with seasoned advisors who use their understanding of your business, your context and the law to achieve the right result. Our attorneys are driven to deliver a better experience with the acumen of your business, goals and industry. What’s better than that?


SEC Proposes Changes to Accredited Investor Standard and Assesses its Impact on the MarketplaceJanuary 9, 2020

In December 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed amendments to the definitions of “accredited investor” and “qualified institutional buyer”.

HMB Represents Engineered Plastic Systems in Acquisition Deal with Georgia-Based ManufacturerApril 6, 2020

Engineered Plastic Systems ("EPS"), an engineer and manufacturer of high-density polyethylene ("HDPE"), announced its acquisition by CMI Limited Co. ("CMI"), a Georgia-based manufacturing portfolio company of Capital Partners. HMB represented EPS in the transaction. EPS is headquartered in Elgin, Illinois and manufactures HDPE for decking, railing and park products among others. Founded in 2000, EPS markets its products under Lumberock,…

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)March 27, 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) is Congress’s initial economic stimulus plan in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Additional economic stimulus packages are expected. The CARES Act was signed into law by the President today. The $2 trillion package provides relief to businesses, individuals, families, the healthcare system, states, and more. We are continuing to review…

Are COVID-19 Losses Covered By Business Interruption Insurance?March 23, 2020

Covid-19 is disrupting businesses, their supply chains and their customers and causing major losses. Governors of Illinois, California, New York and Pennsylvania have issued “stay at home” and similar orders impacting employees and many businesses. Are any of these losses covered by insurance? The answer is maybe. The type of insurance a business carries and the specific insurance policy language are critical to determine…

HMB Represents DataCubes in $15.2 Million Series B Funding RoundNovember 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…

HMB represents Ascent in $19.3 Million Series B Funding RoundNovember 6, 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 PartnersNovember 5, 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…

HMB Represents Quantitative Insights in Sale to Chicago Biotech Incubator Paragon BiosciencesJuly 25, 2019

HMB represented Quantitative Insights, developer of QuantX, the first-ever FDA-cleared computer-aided breast cancer diagnosis system in radiology, in its sale to Qlarity Imaging, a portfolio company of Paragon Biosciences. Quantitative Insights was founded at the University of Chicago around technology developed at the University and with the support of the University’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Paragon is a…

Commercial Lending and Equity Deal Terms for Middle Market Businesses, Spring 2014March 5, 2014

Spring 2014 The winter months were unusually cool in late 2013 and early 2014, and most middle market borrowers and lenders will likely concede that lending activity during those months was equally cool.  The optimism for robust deal flow in 2013 never materialized into actual results, even though most middle market lenders remained quite optimistic until the bitter end.  Spring,…

HMB Adds Four New PartnersOctober 19, 2011

CHICAGO BUSINESS LAW FIRM HORWOOD MARCUS & BERK ADDS FOUR CORPORATE PARTNERS, SIGNIFICANTLY EXPANDS SERVICES IN BANKING, FINANCE CHICAGO, September 13, 2011 - Four highly-experienced partners have joined the Chicago business law firm of Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered (HMB), expanding the firm's service offerings in the areas of banking, finance, securities, restructuring and bankruptcy, as well as commercial litigation. The four…

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