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Brian H. Axelrad Partner
  • D 312.606.3242
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baxelrad@hmblaw.com
“Entrepreneur. MBA. Lawyer. Advisor. Mentor. Investor. He is the first person I call when making any significant decision.” - Entrepreneur & Startup Advisor Client

Brian is a partner in HMB’s Business and Finance Group. He is also a leader in the firm’s Venture Capital and Technology practices, founded HMB’s Social Impact practice (philanthropy and impact investing) and serves on the firm-wide Executive Committee. He serves his company clients as day-to-day general counsel and regularly advises companies, investors, acquirors and executives on strategic and milestone transactions, often including venture capital and private equity transactions and mergers & acquisitions .

Brian partners with investors, entrepreneurs and executives on the legal and business issues they face at every stage, from startup through growth to exit. He coaches and guides his clients as they explore different strategies, transactions and opportunities.

The companies Brian works with are often technology driven or enabled and connected to a host of industries. His institutional clients include venture capital funds, private equity funds, family offices, search funds and fundless sponsors.

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In a cross-practice group collaboration through HMB’s Social Impact practice, Brian helps clients deploy capital to support social impact and philanthropic outcomes. In addition to being a social impact lawyer, he is an active member of the global community and also serves as the Chief Investment Officer of Beyond Capital Fund, an impact investment fund that invests in for-profit social enterprises in East Africa and India. More locally, he served as the inaugural Impact Investor in Residence at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business from 2015-2018.

Lawyer, Impact Investor, Tech Investor, Entrepreneur, Kitchen Sink

Brian has a reputation for pragmatic, solution-oriented outcomes, efficient and effective problem solving and technical expertise.

Experience

  • Startup and early stage companies (particularly, technology driven and enabled),
  • Angel investors
  • Venture capital funds
  • Inbound C-suite executives
  • “Old-line” middle market businesses
  • Banking institutions
  • Private equity funds and mezzanine and specialty finance (e.g., equipment lenders) companies

Education

University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, M.B.A. with honors

Northwestern University School of Law, J.D.

University of Michigan, B.A. in Economics and History

Admissions

Illinois

Community Involvement

  • Chief Investment Officer of Beyond Capital Fund
  • Teacher, Venture Capital Investing for Social Impact at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Events

News

  • HMB Represents Chicago-based Social Enterprise A.M. Money in Venture Capital FinancingAugust 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…

  • Brian Axelrad, Social Impact Lawyer, Participates in the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Emerging Leaders ProgramJune 28, 2019

    THE CHICAGO COUNCIL ON GLOBAL AFFAIRS The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization that provides insight – and influences the public discourse – on critical global issues. The Council on Global Affairs is committed to bringing clarity and offering solutions to issues that transcend borders and transform how people, business and governments engage the world.…

  • Brian Axelrad Making an Impact with Students at Chicago Booth School of BusinessMay 9, 2018

    As the Impact Investor in Residence through the Rustandy Center for Social Service Innovation at the Chicago Booth School of Business, Brian Axelrad works with, counsels and mentors students focused on impact investment and careers in the field. As part of these efforts, Brian coached teams of Booth MBA students who participated in two international, multi-business school competitions: the "Invest…

Education
  • University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, M.B.A. with honors
  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Michigan, B.A. in Economics and History
Admissions
  • Illinois
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