As a partner in Gould & Ratner’s Corporate Practice, Robert Chidester provides strategic counsel to investment firms, family offices and middle-market businesses in the United States and abroad on a range of corporate matters, including capital raises, private equity and venture capital fund formation, securities issuances, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial contracts. He also regularly serves as an outside general counsel, advising on both complex transactions and routine operational matters.
Rob has extensive experience helping clients manage strategic technology assets, especially in matters relating to “clean tech,” ESG, machine learning and generative AI matters. He also represents clients in the cryptocurrency space that provide software products, consulting, and other services, with a specific concentration in the decentralized finance (DeFi) space.
Rob also has experience in managing intellectual property acquisitions/divestments, as well as international patent registration strategies, and he has worked with clients in the acquisition of distressed assets through the bankruptcy process.
Some of Rob’s more recent successful transactions involving private equity and venture capital investments in technology companies include:
Rob prides himself on his ability to guide his clients in navigating complex business issues, having been on all sides of the attorney-client table and having a strong background in financial modeling. Before rejoining private practice, he served as general counsel for a large family office, worked on the first raise of capital for an energy focused private equity fund, and has worked in all aspects of the energy industry.
Before he started practicing law, Rob previously served as a financial and policy analyst with the U.S. Department of Energy's Laboratory System. There, he evaluated energy technology research and energy infrastructure projects in China and Northeast Asia. As noted above, Rob maintains his involvement in the energy industry, working with both financing parties and operating companies in the clean energy, environmental and social consciousness industries on matters related to waste heat recapture, energy storage and solar energy.
Rob was named a "Notable Rising Star in Law" for 2021 by Crain's Chicago Business.