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Matthew S. Brown

Partner
matthew.brown@kattenlaw.com
Chicago Office
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Overview

Matthew S. Brown is head of Katten’s Entrepreneurial Ventures practice and represents a wide range of businesses, entrepreneurs and investors in mergers and acquisitions, venture and angel capital financings, public securities offerings, reporting and compliance, governance and general corporate matters. He also counsels directors and special committees in connection with special transactions and investigations.

Matt has counseled clients from start-up and initial organization through angel and growth equity fundings, redemptions and recapitalizations, initial and follow on public offerings and multibillion dollar liquidity events. His clients have been in varied businesses, including enterprise software, Internet commerce platforms, air to ground telephone service, ed-tech and e-learning, for-profit education, big box retailers, industrial chemical distribution, high speed printer manufacturing, IT services, major sports franchises, scrap yards, metal roll coating, food manufacturing and automated facilities maintenance services management.

Matt was appointed by former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley to serve on the Mayor’s Council of Technology Advisors and served for two years as co-chair of the Access to Capital Working Group. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center since its inception and helped establish Chicago’s 1871, one of the most ambitious incubator projects in the country, which is home to more than 400 digital start-up companies.

Shown below is a selection of Matthew’s engagements.

Experience
M&A
  • Representation of PrepMe LLC, an online test prep and e-learning business, in connection with its sale of its adaptive learning and virtual classroom software to Ascend Learning's subsidiary, Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC, and the sale of its test prep business to Naviance, a division of Hobsons.
  • Representation of Brenntag North America and subsidiaries in connection with multiple purchases of chemical distribution businesses.
  • Representation of Material Sciences Corporation (NASDAQ: MASC) in connection with its sale to New Star Metals, Inc., a portfolio company of Insight Equity Holdings LLC.
  • Representation of Technical Concepts, LLC, a manufacturer of hygienic hands-free plumbing and bathroom products, in its sale to Liberty Partners.
  • Representation of the management of Leedsworld in connection with the sale of the Leedsworld business to Investcorp and its combination with the Polyconcept Group.
  • Representation of Peco Pallet Holdings, Inc., a pallet rental business, in connection with its sale to The Pritzker Group.
  • Representation of The Butler Company, a manufacturer of pre-engineered steel buildings, in connection with its sale to BlueScope Steel.
  • Representation of Sterling Manufacturing, a hardware supplies manufacturer, in connection with its sale to the Stanley Company.
  • Representation of Blaze Recycling & Metals LLC, a metal scrap yard and recycling business, in connection with its sale to BRM Acquisition LLC.
  • Representation of Material Sciences Corporation in connection with the sale of its roll coating business to Roll Coater, Inc., a portfolio company of Willis Stein & Co.
  • Representation of Flexera Software, an enterprise software company, in connection with its purchase of Managesoft.
  • Representation of Platinum Technology, an enterprise software business, in connection with numerous private and public acquisitions and its sale to Computer Associates.
  • Representation of Installshield, a software installation company, in connection with its sale to Macrovision.
  • Representation of Parson Group, a financial consulting company, in connection with its sale to Management Consulting Group PLC.
  • Representation of CVM Solutions LLC, an SAAS procurement management business, in connection with its sale to the Kroll Associates, Inc., division of Altegrity.
  • Representation of WR/QFS FBO Holdings LLC in connection with its purchase of Galvin Flying Services, Inc.'s fixed base operator business, and its sale of the business to Landmark Aviation.
Equity Funding
  • Representation of SMS Assist, LLC, an automated facilities maintenance services manager, in connection with subordinated debt financing with Granite Creek; growth equity and strategic financing with Compass Group PLC's Eurest Services division; growth equity financing transaction with New World Ventures and other strategic and high-net-worth investors.
  • Representation of PrepMe LLC, an online test prep and e-learning business, in connection with equity funding by Lake Capital.
  • Representation of eSpark, Inc., an e-learning company, in connection with its formation and angel financing.
  • Representation of BCV, a social media management services company initially focused on luxury hotels, in connection with its angel financing.
  • Representation of Options Express, Inc., a consumer online options broker, in connection with its equity funding with Summit Partners.
  • Representation of LiveOne Group, Ltd., an online community experience company, in connection with its organization and angel financing.
  • Representation of Philo broadcasting, Inc. in connection with its organization and angel financing.
  • Representation of Installshield, a software installation company, in connection with its equity funding with Summit Partners, NEA and other institutions.
  • Representation of Platinum Technology, an enterprise software business, in connection with equity funding by Frontenac Partners and others, and numerous equity funding transactions.
  • Representation of the founders of ThinkTelevisual, LLC in connection with its organization and equity funding.
  • Representation of Capital H Group, an HR advisory firm, in connection with its formation and equity funding.
  • Representation of Airfone, Inc., the first air-to-ground phone company, in connection with equity funding.
  • Representation of an international logistics firm in a $25 million strategic investment in an online shipping platform.
IPOs and Public Offerings
  • Representation of Platinum Technology, Inc., Sportmart, Inc., Zebra Technologies, Inc., Divine Interventures, Inc., Nanophase Technologies Corporation in connection with IPOs and public offerings.
Miscellaneous
  • Representation of Carl Buddig & Company, a deli food manufacturer, in connection with its redemption of a family controlling shareholder.
  • Representation of Edlong Dairy Flavors, a food flavoring company, in connection with its redemption of family shareholders.
  • Representation of an independent trustee in connection with restructuring the founding family ownership of a significant block of a publicly traded stock.
  • Representation of a founder's family which was a majority limited partner owner of a real estate holding limited partnership in connection with a dispute with the successor general partner and a REIT IPO.

Recognition

Chambers USA, Recognized Practitioner, 2016–2018
Super Lawyers, 2018
Legal 500, 2016–2018
Advisories
Newsletters
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Author | Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest
Matthew S. Brown

Education

  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center
  • BA, Connecticut College, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Recognition

Chambers USA
Recognized Practitioner, 2016–2018
Super Lawyers
2018
Legal 500
2016–2018
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Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, Board of Directors
  • Clean Energy Trust, Advisory Board
  • Les Turner ALS Foundation, Board of Directors
  • The Chicago Bar Association
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