As a partner in Gould & Ratner's Corporate Practice, Matt Goldfarb regularly counsels startups, emerging companies, equity holders, individuals, privately held family businesses, small and middle-market businesses, family offices, venture capital and private equity firms, across multiple industries in a variety of corporate and commercial transactions, ranging from formation to liquidation events (and everything in between), private equity and venture capital financings, debt and equity offerings, commercial arrangements, mergers and acquisitions and the provision of outside general counsel services.

Some of Matt’s most recent successful transactions and matters include:

  • Represented a Chicago-based digital agency focusing on the pharmaceutical space in an auction sale process. 
  • Represented an international industry leading global equipment manufacturing company in auction purchase process.
  • Represented food products distribution company in strategic purchase of competitor and in its strategic investment in the cannabis space.
  • Represented a private equity investment fund in sale of propane distribution company.
  • Represented a family office in its investment in a battery technology company.
  • Represented a software development company in angel and series capital raises and provided general counsel services.
  • Represented a venture backed investment fund in series round investments in various technology companies.
  • Represented an international drug development company in the divestiture of its international subsidiaries.
  • Represented software development company in the licensing of software to a third party.

Before joining Gould & Ratner, Matt worked in the Chicago office of a large international law firm, advising companies in a wide variety of industries on corporate and transactional matters with a focus on mergers and acquisitions. Previous to that, he worked as in-house counsel in the general counsel’s office of a large healthcare system in Illinois.

Credentials

Education

  • Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 2012
  • Tulane University, B.S., Psychology, 2008

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Corporate and Business Law Section

  • Illinois State Bar Association, Corporate Law Department
  • America-Israel Chamber of Commerce
    - Board of Directors
  • Chicago Urban League
    - Business Coach

Key Cases or Transactions

  • Represented a Chicago-based digital agency focusing on the pharmaceutical space in an auction sale process. 
  • Represented an international industry leading global equipment manufacturing company in auction purchase process.
  • Represented food products distribution company in strategic purchase of competitor and in its strategic investment in the cannabis space.
  • Represented a family office in its investment in a battery technology company.
  • Represented a software development company in angel and series capital raises and provided general counsel services.
  • Represented an international drug development company in the divestiture of its international subsidiaries.
  • Represented software development company in the licensing of software to a third party.
  • Represented packaging manufacturing company in strategic purchase for over $50 million.
  • Represented a private equity backed company in sale of assets of a business services consulting firm division for $10 million.
  • Represented a private equity investment fund in sale of propane distribution company for $100 million.
  • Represented an industry leading global trailer manufacturer in selling its aftermarket parts business to a national aftermarket parts supplier. 
  • Represented a real estate investment fund with its formation and private offering of up to $50 million of preferred equity in the manufactured housing space.
  • Represented a software development company in angel and series capital raises and provided general counsel services.
  • Represented a venture backed investment fund in angel and series round investments in various sports technology companies.
  • Represented a venture backed investment fund in angel and series round investments in various healthcare technology companies.
  • Represented a sports technology company in its angel, seed and equity financings and provide general counsel services.
  • Provide day-to-day general counsel services for companies, including, without limitation drafting and negotiations of significant commercial contracts, equity issuances, corporate governance, website terms and conditions, employment related issues, in each case, ranging across the United States from start-up to $900 million and in industries including manufacturing, distribution, food, service, healthcare, software and technology. 
  • Represented an ESOP owned lighting company in the sale of its stock.
  • Developed and negotiated necessary form agreements to operationalize the business for start-up technology companies.