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Jeffrey A. Hechtman Managing Partner
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jhechtma@hmblaw.com
Jeffrey A. Hechtman

Jeff is Managing Partner of HMB and a partner in the Business and Finance Group. He splits his time between general counsel and transaction matters.

Jeff helps leaders of privately-held companies and their investors make and implement smart business decisions about deals, disputes and the every-day challenges of growing and operating a successful business.

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As outside general counsel, Jeff’s experience spans the organization chart—from the legal aspects of operations, sales and marketing to Finance, HR, IT and the complexities and structure of the private company boardroom.

Jeff also acts as transactional counsel to numerous businesses, banks, lenders, funds (private equity, venture capital, turnaround, mezzanine and real estate), executives, investor groups and family offices.

Understanding Matters, Knowing is Better

Clients rely on Jeff not only for no-nonsense legal counsel, but also for practical, forward-thinking, big picture advice related to building and structuring their businesses. Clients appreciate that Jeff devotes significant time to learn their operations and tailor his approach to compliment the unique aspects of their businesses.

Experience

  • 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

Education

University of Chicago, J.D.

University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, B.S.E. in Accounting

Licenses

Certified Public Accountant, Illinois

Admissions

Illinois

United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Professional Memberships

  • 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

News

  • HMB Represented Hadley Capital in Acquisition of a Manufacturer of Premium Animal Bedding and Litter ProductsMay 26, 2020

    Hadley Capital ("Hadley"), a small-business investor, announced its acquisition of Equustock, a manufacturer of animal bedding and litter products, predominantly horse-related products sold under their Guardian Horse Bedding brand. HMB represented Hadley in the transaction. Founded in 1998 bu Scott Dickes, Hadley plans to build on the Guardian Horse Bedding brand's excellent reputation and to expand Equustock's production capacity and…

  • 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,…

  • HMB Represents Svoboda Capital Partners in Recapitalization Deal with Management and Technology Consulting FirmFebruary 12, 2020

    Svoboda Capital Partners ("SCP"), a private equity firm, announced its partnership and recapitalization with Kenway Consulting ("Kenway"), a management and technology consulting firm. HMB represented SCP in the recapitalization. Under terms of the agreement, SCP has purchased a majority interest in Kenway. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. SCP is a Chicago-based private equity firm that invests in…

  • HMB Represents Mark-It Express Logistics LLC in Acquisition of Chicago-based Trucking CompanyJanuary 21, 2020

    Mark-It Express Logistics LLC ("Mark-It"), a leading Midwest intermodal trucking and freight brokerage company, acquired Spirit Trucking Company ("Spirit"), a Chicago-based trucking company. HMB represented Mark-It in the acquisition of operating assets. Mark-It, founded in 2009 and recently named to Crain Chicago's Fast 50 for the second time and INC. 5000 for the fourth time, offers a full array of third-party…

  • HMB represents Colony Display LLC in Sale to Kinzie Capital PartnersNovember 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…

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