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Venture Capital and Emerging Companies

Better Growth Fueled by speed and experience

Whether you’re a startup founder or an investor—you’re an entrepreneur. Your day is chaotic, it moves at an intense pace and you’re constantly juggling existing obligations and new challenges while seizing opportunities to grow and maximize your company’s value.

You require counsel with the same entrepreneurial DNA: to move quickly, anticipate roadblocks and answer the call at a moment’s notice.

We thrive where these needs intersect. View our representative transactions here. 

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Connecting Innovation to Investment

Our attorneys are actively involved in the venture community, monitoring and acting on the business trends that will impact your business. Our relationships with venture capitalists and angel investors run deep. We understand their goals and that understanding gives us insight into the ingredients for commercial success. We work with entrepreneurial and high-growth companies across industries, including healthcare and life sciences, energy and cleantech, education technology, fintech, cybersecurity and telecom. We’ll be in the trenches with you – from formation to exit and every step along the way.

Areas of Focus

  • Venture capital financing
  • Growth financing
  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Debt financing
  • Commercial negotiations and transactions
  • Incorporation and business entity formation
  • Corporate governance and shareholder engagement
  • Special counsel matters
  • Social entrepreneurship and impact investing
  • Intellectual property transactions, licensing and protection
  • Cybersecurity and data privacy counseling and implementation
  • Federal, state and local tax matters and planning
  • Equity incentive plans
  • Dispute resolution, litigation and arbitration
  • Estate planning and asset protection
  • Leasing and real estate strategy
  • Executive compensation and employment matters
  • Strategic partnerships
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Jeffrey A. HechtmanManaging Partner
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Casey E. RivardOf Counsel
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Aaron D. WernerOf Counsel
Michael L. WhitchurchSenior Corporate Paralegal
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Brett M. WintersteinChair | Business and Finance Group
HMB Represents Foxtrot in $17M Growth RoundFebruary 10, 2020

Foxtrot, a modern convenience store offering in-store and delivery options, announced that it raised $17 million in a funding round co-led by Imaginary Ventures and Wittington Ventures and joined by previous investors Fifth Wall, Lerer Hippeau, Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, M3 Ventures, The University of Chicago, Collaborative VC and Wasson Enterprises as well as new investors Bluestein…

HMB Represents Listen Ventures in $2.8M Series Seed Funding Round of Washington State-Based Childhood Development CompanyJanuary 6, 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…

HMB Represents Hyde Park Angels in $4.5M Funding Round of Chicago-based Tech/Cannabis CompanyDecember 6, 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…

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 Launchways in Partnership DealSeptember 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…

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,…

Commercial Lending and Equity Deal Terms for Middle Market Businesses, Fall 2013October 14, 2013

FALL 2013 Although the first half of 2013 was marred by stagnant activity within the middle market lending environment, senior lenders across the middle market seem quite optimistic about finishing the year with a bang.  While it is difficult for senior lenders to pinpoint the exact cause for their optimism, the recurring talking point has been that these senior lenders…

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