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Years of mid-market, private company experience—spanning countless deals—helps you get the results you need without wasting time or resources. Count on us to help you figure out how to best structure, negotiate and complete a transaction at the speed of today’s business, with forward-thinking guidance of the impact and subsequent activity you will face after completing the transaction.

Understanding Matters

We become an extension of your team by investing the time to get to know your management team, legal and operational structure, communication style, priorities and goals. This is the key to delivering practical, targeted advice. HMB’s Business and Finance Group is uniquely positioned to counsel middle market business and works seamlessly with your accountants, bankers and advisors to accomplish your goals.

Efficiency Matters

HMB’s Business and Finance Group’s depth of experience across a wide variety of transactions, from manufacturing to technology and from food to financing, allows our attorneys to identify issues early in the transaction process and craft creative and practical solutions in an efficient manner.

Areas of Focus

  • Domestic and international mergers and acquisitions
  • Portfolio equity financing, purchases and sales
  • Mezzanine financing and syndicated debt structures
  • Coordination and guidance of regulatory approval for transactions
  • Special counsel regarding issuing of transaction opinions
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Client Success: Dunes Point Capital Acquires All-Lift Systems, IncSeptember 10, 2021

Located in Neenah, WI, All-Lift is a provider of aftermarket services and parts for overhead cranes and other lifting equipment, including OSHA mandated inspections, safety-critical parts and repairs, and crane equipment. All-Lift has three facilities in Wisconsin and Michigan and employs approximately 100 people.

Client Success: Dunes Point Capital Portfolio Company Ehrhardt Automation Systems Acquires Automation and Controls Solutions Provider SAF DrivesAugust 9, 2021

Ehrhardt Tool and Machine, LLC, dba Ehrhardt Automation Systems ("EAS"), a portfolio company of Dunes Point Capital, LP ("DPC") acquires SAF Drives Inc ("SAF Drives"). DPC was represented by HMB’s Private Equity Team, led by Corporate Partner, Evan M. Knobloch and Corporate Associates Raymond J. Jacobi III and Payal J. Patel.

Client Success: HMB Congratulates Everywhere Wireless on Growth Capital Investment with Boston-based Private Equity FirmJuly 23, 2021

HMB would like to congratulate Everywhere Wireless, a preeminent Internet service provider in Chicago, and CEO and Founder Keegan Bonebrake and the rest of the Everywhere Wireless team on a successful investment round with M/C Partners ("M/C"), a Boston-based communications and technology focused private equity firm. Everywhere Wireless, one of the largest private Internet Service Providers to multi-family and commercial…

Client Success: HMB Represents Parkonect in Sale to Leader in Flexible Technology Solutions for Urban Real EstateJune 21, 2021

HMB would like to congratulate Parkonect, a cloud-born, mobile-first parking technology company delivering Parking Access and Revenue Control, and its CEO Harlan Karp and the Parkonect team on a successful sale to FLASH, a leader in flexible technology solutions for urban real estate. Parkonect helps properties by facilitating connectivity and mobility in parking assets via real-time intelligence and digital commerce…

Client Success: HMB Represents Spraoi in Sale to Global Market Leader in Core Systems for Life, Accident and Health InsuranceMay 13, 2021

HMB would like to congratulate DigIn Technologies, LLC d/b/a Spraoi, a leading provider of machine learning capabilities for the Group Life and Employee Benefits industry, and its Co-Founders Karan Mishra, Matthew O’Mara and Santoash Rajaram, on a successful sale to FINEOS Corporation, a global market leader in core systems for life, accident and health insurance. Spraoi is an insurance technology…

Client Success: HMB Represents Kuur Therapeutics Inc. in Sale to Global Biopharmaceutical CompanyMay 12, 2021

HMB congratulates client Kuur Therapeutics Inc. ("Kuur"), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of off-the-shelf CAR-NKT cell immunotherapies for the treatment of solid and hematological malignancies, and its CEO Kevin S. Boyle, Sr., on a successful sale to Athenex, Inc. ("Athenex"), a global biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of novel therapies for the treatment…

Client Success: Svoboda Capital Announces Partnership with Marcus ThomasApril 27, 2021

Svoboda Capital Partners ("SCP"), a private equity firm, announced its recapitalization of Marcus Thomas LLC ("MT"), a full-service marketing and advertising agency. HMB represented SCP in the recapitalization. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. SCP is a Chicago-based private equity firm that invests in leading middle market growth companies. Founded in 1998, the SCP team has more than…

Client Success: HMB Represents Vetspire in Sale to Industry Leading Veterinary Management Group Pathway Vet AllianceApril 26, 2021

HMB would like to congratulate Vetspire, an artificial intelligence veterinary medical record and practice management platform, and founder Sam Ginn on a successful sale to Pathway Vet Alliance ("Pathway"), an industry leading veterinary management group serving pets and their parents at more than 400 locations throughout the U.S. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Founded in 2017, Vetspire’s software…

Client Success: HMB Represents Lightstream in Sale to UK-based Publicly Traded Company Vitec GroupApril 15, 2021

HMB would like to congratulate Lightstream and its CEO and Co-founder Stu Grubbs, COO and Co-founder Aaron Hassell, CCO and Co-founder Ryan Forquer and Principal Engineer and Co-founder Dan Trocchio on a successful sale to Creative Solutions, a division of Vitec Group, a UK publicly traded company on the London Stock Exchange. Lightstream is a US-based tech company that builds…

Client Success: HMB Represents Skubana in Sale to Cloud-based Warehouse Management Systems Leader 3PL CentralApril 12, 2021

HMB congratulates Skubana in their strategic sale to 3PL Central ("3PL"), expanding their supply chain technology and filling an important gap in the ecommerce and omnichannel ecosystem. The combination of Skubana's intelligent order orchestration with 3PL Central's extensive network of warehouses offering ecommerce fulfillment and retail replenishment is expected to open a new chapter in software, allowing companies to have…

HMB Congratulates Client Surgical Directions on Management BuyoutJanuary 22, 2021

HMB congratulates the management team of client Surgical Directions, a national consulting, leadership and analytics partner to hospital systems and medical groups who seek to improve their perioperative and anesthesia services, for acquiring the company from Mednax Services, Inc. ("Mednax"), a national health solutions partner. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “We are incredibly excited about how this will…

Client Success: HMB Represents Caption Access LLC in Sale to Australia-based Ai-MediaJanuary 8, 2021

Illinois-based CaptionAccess is a deaf-owned and managed company providing communication access services to the government, corporate and education sectors. CaptionAccess is strongly positioned in the education sector, providing a broad and complementary expansion of Ai-Media’s enterprise customer base in the region.

Client Success: HMB Represented TruQua in Sale to IBMDecember 2, 2020

HMB congratulates TruQua, a Chicago-based IT Consulting company, for its sale to IBM. TruQua will enable IBM to broaden its consulting expertise and capabilities to help clients implement SAP solutions that will improve and automate financial management workflows, enhance operational efficiency and, ultimately, drive an enterprise-wide transformation through the adoption of SAP S/4HANA, the latest generation of SAP's ERP business…

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 NextLevel in $50M Merger with California-Based Healthcare CompanyJanuary 10, 2020

NextLevel Health Innovations, Inc. ("NextLevel"), a managed care health plan for Cook County residents with Medicaid known for its community involvement, has signed a Merger Agreement with Molina Healthcare, Inc. ("Molina"), a FORTUNE 500 company. HMB represented NextLevel in the negotiation and signing of the Merger Agreement. As part of the transaction, Molina will assume the right to serve approximately…

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…

HMB Represents EDCO Health Information Solutions Inc. in Sale to BV Investment PartnersNovember 5, 2019

HMB represented EDCO Health Information Solutions Inc. in it's sale to BV Investment Partners, a middle-market private equity firm focused on the business services, software and IT sectors. Headquartered in St. Louis, MO, EDCO provides automated unstructured data indexing solutions to healthcare providers. EDCO's Solarity®, a patented medical record indexing software, gives automated transformation of unstructured data into clinically relevant patient…

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