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Keith H. Berk Partner
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  • F 312.267.2211
kberk@hmblaw.com
Keith H. Berk
"I structure solutions that align parties' interests to create durable relationships. "

Keith is a senior partner in HMB’s Business and Finance group. He represents larger sized closely-held businesses and their owners in mergers and acquisitions and as outside general counsel.

Keith is well-known as a facilitator for middle-market “deals,” implementing a wide range of tax-advantaged capital structures, shareholder and family-ownership structures and private-equity structures to enhance growth and to provide exit strategies.

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As outside general counsel, Keith advises on strategies that help businesses attract and retain key management, minimize risk and maximize opportunities for long-term growth. Keith has also assisted numerous family owned businesses with generational succession planning and creative family dispute resolutions.

A Business Approach to Complex Problems

Keith emphasizes a business approach to the practice of law. Clients value him as a trusted advisor who offers practical solutions to complex issues.

Education

University of Illinois, J.D.

University of Illinois, B.S. with high honors

Licenses

Certified Public Accountant, Illinois

Admissions

Illinois

Honors

Board Room Magazine, 2017 Distinguished President of the Year

Professional Memberships

YPO Gold Chicago, Board of Directors

GPF Foundation, Board of Directors and Vice President

Northmoor Education Foundation, Board of Directors

Publications

  • Investment Banker Customary FeesJune 14, 2010

    In our previous two articles we walked you through the reasons to hire an investment banker for the sale of your middle market business (i.e. transaction valued between $25 million and $250 million) as well as typical terms for how the relationship will work. Now your attention turns to fees. Our experience is that terms vary among investment banking firms…

  • Investment Banking Customary TermsApril 14, 2010

    In the first of our three part series we walked you through the process of deciding whether to hire an investment banker for your middle market business (i.e. transaction valued between $25 million and $250 million). So now that you have decided to sell your business, we will discuss customary investment banking terms in this article and will wrap up…

  • In Support of the Investment BankerDecember 14, 2009

    So why do business owners want to hate investment bankers? Too often, it is based on cocktail party chatter. Have you ever heard, "the investment bankers added no value to the process? I already knew the buyer. We were competitors for years." Or, "the investment bankers wrote a nice book, but at the end of the day my lawyer and…

Education
  • University of Illinois, J.D.
  • University of Illinois, B.S. with high honors
Admissions
  • Illinois
Licenses
  • Certified Public Accountant, Illinois
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Chicago IL 60661

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