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Matt Hafter


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Matt draws on his wide-ranging corporate law background to guide entrepreneurs toward growth and success at each stage 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 strategies.

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 other 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 also 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.

As part of his ongoing effort to add value to each client engagement, Matt has been a leader in applying project management techniques to the delivery of legal services involving transactions. He is a "lean six sigma" yellow belt and has been trained in Agile Project Management.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Represented consulting firm in two acquisitions of software development companies

Represented media company in divestiture of newspaper operations

Represented consulting firm in connection with private equity investment

Represented public company (molecular diagnostics) in tender offer/merger

Represented bank holding company in acquisition by public company

Represented engineering services firm in connection with MBO with tender offer elements

Represented petroleum distributor in acquisition by public company

Represented three specialty food distributors in separate acquisitions and divestitures

Represented consulting firm in strategic acquisition by major consulting firm


Represented numerous early stage companies in Series A, B and C rounds of venture capital financing

Represented public health care company in SEC registration of several employee stock incentive plans

Represented public cancer diagnostic company in all SEC registration, reporting and compliance matters

Represented private companies in proxy solicitations

Represented private entities merging with public shell companies

Technology and Outsourcing

Represented major financial services firm in information technology and business process outsourcing transactions

Represented major sports apparel firm in information technology outsourcing transactions

Represented major financial services firm in procurement of software support services contract

Represented numerous clients in negotiating and drafting master services agreements for the acquisition or sale of goods or services

Represented numerous clients in SaaS and other license, hosting, service and support agreements

Represented numerous clients in software and other technology development agreements

Represented clients in technology transfer and sponsored research arrangements with universities


Represented numerous special committees of public and private companies in connection with shareholder derivative claims, internal investigations, and audit committee matters

Represented real estate board in governance and control disputes related to regional multiple listing service

Represented directors of private companies in shareholder disputes and contests for control

Thompson Coburn Publications

Community Property and the Corporate Transparency Act

Looking at CTA Filing Triggers? Don’t Forget the Impact of State Law!

Chicago raises 'Cloud Tax' in response to $1.2 billion budget gap

Are smart contracts smart enough? COVID-19, force majeure, blockchain and oracles

Ten due diligence keys to unlock value from your SaaS contract

Practical methods to assure payment and increase collection of accounts receivable during COVID-19

Business tips during the Coronavirus outbreak

Why service level agreements are key for provider longevity and customer satisfaction

Data in the cloud: What if the cloud provider goes bankrupt?

How to guarantee bad performance from your vendors

Private equity’s top ten issues for the next president

Technology companies: Are your employment policies due for a reboot?


Refresher on Cybersecurity Resources for Health Care Entities

Mural copyrights: Yes, it’s a thing! Don’t end up with paint on your face

Supreme Court challenges privacy litigants to demonstrate Article III standing

Yet another Target settlement highlights data breach costs

Privacy and the Internet of Medical Things: What’s a curmudgeon to do?

Recent settlements highlight plaintiff pitfalls in data breach cases

2nd Circuit hears data breach argument: Is fear of harm sufficient for Article III standing?

Home Depot directors prevail in cybersecurity liability claim

Cybersecurity liability: Delaware has good news for directors


The Value of Cyber and Privacy Diligence

Dealing with Vendors and Data Security

You Don’t Know What You’re Missing: Motivating Performance Through Service Level Agreements


Lead author of the BNA, "Corporate Practice Series Portfolio Corporate Stock Repurchases and Going Private" (including ongoing updates)


"The Law Surrounding Blockchain Technology";
Disrupt ICT Workshop, Wichita KS, June 13, 2018

Co-Presenter, "Investing in, Financing & Acquiring Tech Companies",
ACG Chicago, February 11, 2016

Co-Presenter, "Building, Monetizing & Protecting IP";
panel presentation, The Entrepreneurship Institute of Chicago President's Symposium at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center, October 6, 2015

Co-Presenter, "Perils and Opportunities in Going Private";
BNA Webinar, April 9, 2015

Co-Presenter, "Acquisitions of Distressed Businesses";
ACG Chicago, April 7, 2015