Hubbard Business Counsel
Bill provides strategic business legal counsel to small and middle-market companies and their owners and advisors. He guides clients, including boards, in the decisions and implementations involved with, and then executes decisions on, buying, funding (including various securities offerings), growing, and selling companies, as well as the structuring (including tax structuring), pricing, and negotiating of these transactions.
He has, amongst others, authored two chapters for Mergers and Acquisitions Handbook for Small and Midsize Companies, edited by West and Jones (New York: Wiley, 1997), and was lead co-author of and repeatedly taught Management and Leadership Structures for LLCs and Corporations (Illinois and Delaware) to attorneys for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education. He intermittently teaches the legal portion of the certification program (CM&AA ™), has recently taught LLC and S corporation taxation for a major national continuing legal education provider, and has made innumerable presentations on the subjects of his practice including the 2012 Jobs Act.
In late 2017 (updated 2018), he and another AM&AA member, believing blockchain to be an important tool in humankind’s development, authored a Lexis Practice Advisor™ article on Blockchain and ICOs; he also penned an independent article on new IRC Section 199A. He is a member in, amongst others, the ABA Business Law Section’s M&A, Securities, Private Equity, LLC, and other subcommittees, has co-chaired the Business Law Subcommittee on M&A of the Chicago Bar Association, and has chaired the Illinois CPA Society Mergers and Acquisitions Special Interest Group Task Force. A former partner in two large Chicago law firms, of late, his firm and Handler Thayer, a recognized boutique law firm serving the needs of affluent families, family offices and privately-held companies, have a mutual Special Counsel relationship.
He graduated from West Point (B.S.), and the Illinois Institute of Technology/Chicago-Kent College of Law (J.D., with high honors) and is a Registered Illinois Certified Public Accountant. He is a former Director and Past President of the West Point Society of Chicago. Early in his career, he served in Berlin as an airborne and ranger trained infantry officer for the U.S. Army and, later, as Judge Advocate Corps prosecutor and OIC in Augsburg, Germany. Bill, and his wife, Susan, live in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago.
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