Bill Hubbard has over 30 years of experience helping lower middle-market companies and other businesses and their owners buy, grow and sell their companies, as well as navigate many other important matters which they face. He serves as Special Counsel to the Handler Thayer Commercial Practice Group and established Hubbard Business Counsel in 1997, after previously having been a partner in two of the largest Chicago law firms. He graduated from West Point (B.S., 1973), and the Illinois Institute of Technology/Chicago-Kent College of Law (J.D., with high honors 1978) and is a Certified Public Accountant.
He is admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois and, to stay current, is a member of each of the ABA Business Law Committees or Sub-committees (e.g. Mergers and Acquisitions, Securities, Private Equity, Business Law, Taxation, Limited Liability Companies, and Middle Market and Small Business Committees) and Chicago Bar Association Sub-committees (Mergers and Acquisitions, Securities, Taxation), the American Institute of CPAs, the Illinois CPA Society, the Association for Corporate Growth, Alliance of M & A Advisors, and the Midwest Business Brokers and Intermediaries Association. He is a former Director and Education Committee Chair of the National Crowdfunding Association. He helped found, and chaired during its first year, the Middle-Market Pillar of the Private Directors Association. He is a former Director and Past President of the West Point Society of Chicago. He served as an airborne and ranger trained infantry officer for the U.S. Army, Judge Advocate Corps prosecutor and Officer-In-Charge in Berlin and as an Army prosecutor in Augsburg, Germany. Bill and his wife, Susan live in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago.
Most of Bill’s professional life has centered around helping entrepreneurial clients buy, sell, and grow their businesses, such as:
Bill is as comfortable negotiating business deals directly with the other owner as well as drafting the complex legal documents needed to protect his clients’ interests and get the sought after result: a successful deal closing.
He’s served as faculty lecturing on the art of M&A to other attorneys and taught the legal portion of an M&A certification course for and to various intermediaries and investment bankers across the country. Bill has been recognized by Super Lawyers on the list of Illinois’ Top Mergers and Acquisitions and Closely Held Business Attorneys. He was also named by Corporate INTL as Business Transition Attorney of the Year in Illinois.
Limited Liability Companies and S Corporations. MyLawCLE & Walters Kluwer (2017)
The Family and Private Co. CEO Board Advantage, Private Directors Association (2015)
LLC and Corporation Leadership and Management Structures, Liability Limitations, and Dispute Processes (Including Delaware), Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2015, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2008)
Legal Aspects of Mergers and Acquisitions, AM&AA Certified Merger and Acquisitions Advisor (“CMAA”) Certification Program (Various time between 2008 and 2016)
Jobs Act Crowdfunding & Accredited Investors, Chicago Tech 2012 (2012)
Jobs Act Private Placements Including Crowdfunding, Alliance of Merger and Acquisition Annual Conference (2012)
Exit Planning, Exit Planning, Illinois CPA Society (2007)
Successor Liabilities, Chicago Bar Association Mergers and Acquisitions Subcommittee (2006)
Mergers and Acquisitions, Illinois CPA Conference (2006)
Earnouts, Merger & Acquisition Subcommittee, Chicago Bar Association (2005)
Limited Liability Partnerships, Illinois CPA Conference (1994)
Purchase and Sale of a Business, Chicago Bar Association, Purchase and Sale of a Business (1994)
Limited Liability Companies and S Corporations Leadership and Management, Liability, and Dispute Resolution with Supplement and Selected Forms, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2015 and ’08, ’10, ’12, ’13)
Advisor Engagement Letters, Mergers and Acquisition Handbook for Small and Midsize Company, Wiley (1997)
Letters of Intent and Purchase and Sale Agreements, Mergers and Acquisitions Handbook for Small and Midsize Companies, Wiley (1997)
Illinois & Delaware Corporations; Co-Authored with Jim Lestikow, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (1996)
Illinois’ Closely Held Business and Mergers and Acquisitions “SuperLawyer” by Law and Politics Magazine in Connection with Chicago Magazine (www.superlawyers.com)
“Business Transition Attorney of the Year in Illinois” by Corporate INTL.
Member, Business Law Committee (Middle Market and Small Business, Limited Liability Companies, Merger and Acquisitions and other Sub-Committees)
Member, Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors
Member, Association for Corporate Growth
Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
A Founder and Chair, Middle Market Pillar, Private Directors Association, NFP
Past Co-Chair, Mergers and Acquisitions Subcommittee, Chicago Bar Association, Business and Acquisitions Committee
Former Chair, Mergers and Acquisitions SIG, Chair Annual M&A Conference, authored and scripted Sample Deal Negotiation 2006, Illinois CPA Society
Founder, President and Member of Board of Directors, West Point Society of Chicago