Brian H. Axelrad Partner
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“Entrepreneur. MBA. Lawyer. Advisor. Mentor. Investor. He is the first person I call when making any significant decision.” - Entrepreneur & Startup Advisor Client

Brian is a partner in HMB’s Business and Finance Group. He is also a leader in the firm’s Venture Capital and Technology practices, founded HMB’s Social Impact practice (philanthropy and impact investing) and serves on the firm-wide Executive Committee. In addition, Brian leads the firm’s ETA/Search Fund efforts. He serves his company clients as day-to-day general counsel and regularly advises companies, investors, acquirors and executives on strategic and milestone transactions, often including venture capital and private equity transactions and mergers & acquisitions.

Brian partners with investors, entrepreneurs and executives on the legal and business issues they face at every stage, from startup through growth to exit. He coaches and guides his clients as they explore different strategies, transactions and opportunities.

The companies Brian works with are often technology driven or enabled and connected to a host of industries. His institutional clients include venture capital funds, private equity funds, family offices, search funds and fundless sponsors.

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In a cross-practice group collaboration through HMB’s Social Impact practice, Brian helps clients deploy capital to support social impact and philanthropic outcomes. In addition to being a social impact lawyer, he is an active member of the global community and also serves as the Chief Investment Officer of Beyond Capital Fund, an impact investment fund that invests in for-profit social enterprises in East Africa and India. More locally, he served as the inaugural Impact Investor in Residence at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business from 2015-2018.

Lawyer, Impact Investor, Tech Investor, Entrepreneur, Kitchen Sink

Brian has a reputation for pragmatic, solution-oriented outcomes, efficient and effective problem solving and technical expertise.


  • Startup and early stage companies (particularly, technology driven and enabled),
  • Angel investors
  • Venture capital funds
  • Inbound C-suite executives
  • “Old-line” middle market businesses
  • Banking institutions
  • Private equity funds and mezzanine and specialty finance (e.g., equipment lenders) companies


University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, M.B.A. with honors

Northwestern University School of Law, J.D.

University of Michigan, B.A. in Economics and History



Community Involvement

  • Chief Investment Officer of Beyond Capital Fund
  • Teacher, Venture Capital Investing for Social Impact at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business



  • Client Success: HMB Congratulates Impact Investment Fund Beyond Capital Ventures on its Investment in Vieberg TechnologiesSeptember 1, 2021

    Beyond Capital Ventures invests in next wave innovation addressing the growing needs of 1 billion+ consumers in India and East Africa. The firm first closed in Spring 2021 and will invest in conscious leaders building businesses to address growing needs in “need-to-have” sectors, primarily in healthcare, agriculture and financial inclusion. 

  • 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: Social Storytelling Platform PechaKucha Raises $2.7M in Seed FundingJune 29, 2021

    HMB would like to congratulate PechaKucha, a social storytelling platform that has been used by millions of people across the globe, and CEO and Co-founder Sean Smyth and the rest of the PechaKucha team on a $2.7 million Seed funding round. PechaKucha, based in Chicago and Tokyo, is a fast-growing storytelling platform used by millions of people across the globe. Content creators, schools,…

  • 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: AeroPay Raises $5M+ in Venture RoundMarch 10, 2021

    HMB congratulates Aeropay, a Chicago-based digital payments platform powering bank transfer payments for businesses, and CEO and Founder Daniel Muller on announcing the closing of a $5+ million venture round. AeroPay is a next-generation payments company, reimagining the way money is moved in exchange for goods and services. Since its founding, AeroPay has operated with the goal of simplifying payments…


  • Cybersecurity PreparednessJanuary 29, 2020

    As 2020 kicks off, cybersecurity remains ever present in the news whether its predictions for cyberattacks in conflict between state actors, such as the United States and Iran, or the recent New York Times report regarding a possible hack at the Ukrainian gas company at the heart of the impeachment investigations.

  • SEC Proposes Changes to Accredited Investor Standard and Assesses its Impact on the MarketplaceJanuary 9, 2020

    In December 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed amendments to the definitions of “accredited investor” and “qualified institutional buyer”.

  • University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, M.B.A. with honors
  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Michigan, B.A. in Economics and History
  • Illinois
500 West Madison Suite 3700
Chicago IL 60661

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