Jeffrey A. Hechtman

Jeffrey A. Hechtman

JEFFREY A. HECHTMAN is managing partner of Horwood Marcus & Berk and a partner in the Business and Finance Group.

Jeff serves as outside general counsel for a wide variety of privately held startup, early stage and later stage businesses including manufacturers, distributors, service providers, technology companies, finance companies, financial service companies and real estate companies. Jeff also acts as outside general counsel and transactional counsel to numerous banks, lenders, funds (private equity, venture capital, turnaround, mezzanine and real estate), executives, investor groups and family offices.

Jeff provides counsel to his clients with a big picture, business approach. His clients rely on him not only for specific legal advice but also for practical, "big picture" advice related to building their businesses.

Areas of Concentration

  • General counsel services including general corporate governance and operational matters, complex ownership and management transitions, employee incentive and retention plans, contracts and licenses
  • Start-up counsel services including equity, debt and incentive structuring
  • Mergers, acquisitions and divestitures
  • Restructurings and reorganizations
  • Strategic alliances and joint ventures
  • Private equity and venture capital transactions, portfolio company representation and fund formation
  • Strategic business, tax and ownership planning
  • Information technology services including licenses, development and service agreements, develop website policies, privacy policies, trade secret protection and social media policies
  • Real estate services including, acquisitions, dispositions and financing transactions, leasing and note purchases involving a wide variety of office, industrial and retail properties
  • Periodic lecturer on private equity, venture capital and entrepreneurship at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  • Periodic lecturer on private equity at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Committee on LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities
  • Chicago Bar Association, Business Law - Private Equity Subcommittee, Co-founder and Co-chairman
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, Executive Committee and Board of Directors
  • University of Pennsylvania, University Libraries Board of Overseers


Industries Served

  • Automotive Manufacturing & Dealerships
  • Banking
  • Construction
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Entrepreneur/Start-Up Companies
  • Financial Services
  • Information Technology
  • Leasing Companies
  • Logistics
  • Manufacturing & Distribution
  • Mortgage Companies
  • Specialty Finance
  • Trading Companies


    • Contact Information
    • Bar Admissions
      • Illinois  (1989)
    • Education
      • University of Chicago, J.D.
      • University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, B.S.E. in Accounting
    • Court Admissions
      • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois (1990)
    • Licenses
      • Certified Public Accountant, Illinois

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