Thompson Coburn is pleased to announce the addition of partner Matthew Hafter to its corporate practice in Chicago. Matt, previously of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, draws on his wide-ranging corporate law background to guide entrepreneurs toward growth and success at all stages of their business.
Matt often serves as outside general counsel to his clients to help them address business challenges and develop creative and practical solutions. Using an array of legal tools, Matt structures and negotiates business arrangements that closely align with and advance his clients' overall business strategy.
At the foundation of his practice, Matt works with entities involved in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity transactions. His diverse transactional experience includes developing and commercializing technology, purchasing goods and services, building intellectual property protection programs, securities offerings and compliance, crafting competition and equity incentives for service providers, and complex partnering and licensing arrangements.
Matt's clients come from many industries, but one significant area of his practice involves technology, which Matt particularly enjoys due to the industry's economic creativity and innovation. In addition to the technology sector, Matt represents manufacturing and distribution companies, start-ups and other established private and public enterprises. He also represents stockholders and directors (including special committees) who seek counsel on fiduciary duty issues.
Matt has unique experience in the intersection of complex commercial litigation and transactions. As a former partner in a leading commercial litigation firm, he worked closely with litigators to analyze transactions and fiduciary duty issues, contribute to strategy, and develop changes to business practices and policies that led to the underlying litigation. This gives Matt unique insight into structuring transactions, working with legal compliance officers, and mitigating litigation risk and resolving disputes when litigation does occur.
Matt received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and B.Mus.A from the University of Michigan.
About Thompson Coburn
Thompson Coburn is a full-service law firm with 380 attorneys across the country, practicing in more than 40 areas of law. In 2016, the firm was listed among the 25 law firms nationwide that general counsel endorsed for each of the past five years in the Most Recommended Law Firms report by BTI Consulting Group, the nation's leading provider of strategic research to law firms and general counsel. In 2014, the firm was selected as one of the top 30 firms in the nation for providing exceptional client service, also as ranked by BTI.