Jeremy T. Waitzman

Jeremy T. WaitzmanPartner

  • Chicago: (312) 704-2199
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Jeremy Waitzman advises his clients on significant transactions and operational issues in their businesses. Described by clients as “an essential business advisor” and “a partner in the success of my business,” Jeremy has substantial experience representing businesses of all types and sizes from inception, guiding them through significant growth, and often through ownership’s exit.  His clients include privately-held middle market and emerging growth companies, family offices/funds, investors, C-level executives, boards of directors, family-owned businesses and entrepreneurs.

Jeremy counsels clients in the areas of corporate law, mergers & acquisitions, private placements, and general contract law. He represents individuals, closely held businesses, start-up companies and serves as outside counsel to several large corporations.  His work with companies often includes strategies for the creation of enterprise value.

Having trained as a corporate and M&A deal attorney at a large law firm, Jeremy's experience is transactions-intensive and expansive.  His work includes business and capital structure, mergers and acquisitions, indemnification, private equity and venture capital, private placements and securities offerings, investor rights and preferences, licensing and subscription agreements, intellectual property protection, customer agreements and T&C’s, joint ventures, distribution and supply, executive employment, management equity and incentive compensation, corporate governance including board and advisory boards, and corporate contracts and agreements including enforcement.  Jeremy has been included in various panels and lectured on topics related to corporate law, venture and angel financing and mergers and acquisitions.

Industry sector experience includes software, healthcare, specialty chemicals, mobile, information technology, eCommerce, transportation, insurance, marketing and public relations, construction, auto body, specialty consumer, real estate, manufacturing, distribution and tech-enabled services.

Prior to law school, Jeremy worked at a Fortune 500 company where he gained invaluable insight into the operations of large businesses.



American Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association



Speaking Engagements


Civic & Professional

Exit Planning Exchange

Jeremy T. Waitzman's recent or notable engagements and experience includes:

Mergers and Acquisitions:

Represented private company founder and CEO in $5 million-dollar sale of bus company to public company buyer.

Coordinated the acquisition of several regional contract physical therapy companies with aggregate purchase price in excess of $200 Million dollars.

Negotiated the acquisition of national public relations and marketing firm twice the preclosing size of buyer, with substantial earnout component to selling principal.

Participated in $110 Million-dollar sale of 30 year-old family electronics manufacturing business, which included multiple holdbacks, escrows and other contingent payments.

Represented autobody shop owner in sale of business and real estate upon which business operated including the transfer of existing franchise relationship.

Counseled insurance agency in the acquisition of other competing agencies where former owners were entering retirement.

General Commercial/Corporate:

Assisted large international corporation in the review and negotiation of supply agreements, distribution agreements, transportation contracts and other business agreements.

Helped structure and organize multi-million dollar private equity fund and creation of fund subscription documents.

Created vendor templates to use with customers and suppliers for the provision of corporate cafeteria services.

Counseled start-up consulting business on optimal corporate structure and created key formation and operational documents.

Prepared private placement memorandum and subscription documents for a fashion designer.

Assisted family owned printing business in sale of 50% equity from one sibling to the other and formed framework for ongoing management of company affairs.

Prepared End User Software License Agreement for financial services firm to use with it clients.

Represented seller of membership interests in multiple real estate partnerships to liquidate his position using installment sale method in order to defer tax gain.

Negotiated executive employment and equity grant arrangement on behalf of incoming director of sales for public technology company.

Reviewed and advised on transaction documents in connection with the sale of equity by the minority owner.

Provided legal and strategic advice to growing beverage consulting business regarding ownership and control issues.