Mr Matthew Brown > Katten > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

CHICAGO, IL 60661-3693
United States

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Matthew Brown helps entrepreneurs build, grow and sell their businesses, including multigenerational family businesses with their own governance and liquidity issues. He represents owners and investors in buying and selling companies, helping them raise capital and addressing their ongoing legal matters. He also advises directors and special committees in connection with special transactions and investigations.

Recognized as a leading lawyer by industry publications, Matt’s clients rely on him as a talented problem solver, and practical and valued advisor, with a broad range of legal skills to guide their legal needs from day-to-day matters to lifetime business events. He has counseled clients from startup and initial organization through angel and growth equity fundings, redemptions and recapitalizations, initial and follow-on public offerings and multibillion-dollar liquidity events. He has been instrumental in solving ownership and governance issues for multigenerational family businesses. He also advises entrepreneurs and institutional clients in connection with buying and selling businesses, publicly traded businesses in connection with their SEC reporting and compliance, and directors and special committees in connection with special transactions and investigations.

Matt’s clients include leading entrepreneurs, multigenerational family businesses and corporate institutional clients, and they range from innovative revolutionary businesses like the first air-to-ground telephone service to a disruptive IT-driven real estate facilities management service business to traditional businesses like scrap recyclers and chemical distributors.

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 startup companies. He was an advisory board member to the Clean Energy Trust. Matt is also on the board of directors of the Les Turner ALS Foundation.


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

Lawyer Rankings

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > Venture capital and emerging companies

Katten has a longstanding track record of representing investors, growth companies and entrepreneurs. The fund space remains a core area for the team, with regular work coming from a diverse mix of hedge funds, corporate venture funds and family offices. Porsche Investments is a major client and the firm recently represented it on several investments into the automotive space, including a $100 million investment into Group 14 Technologies, which develops materials for lithium-silicon batteries. Chicago-based partners Matthew Brown and Jeffrey Patt co-head the entrepreneurial ventures practice, which also fields strong teams in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas.