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.
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Jeremy Waitzman and Hajar Jouglaf author "No, It’s Not Martial Law: How Illinois’ COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place Order Will Affect Your Business"
SFGH's Jeremy Waitzman and Hajar Jouglaf answer your questions about Illinois' recently issued COVID-19 shelter-in-place order in "No, It’s Not Martial Law: How Illinois’ COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place Order Will Affect Your Business."
Has (or will) the COVID-19 prevent you from meeting your obligations under a contract? A force majeure clause in a contract essentially excuses a party from having to perform under the contract when events outside of that party’s control make it impossible to perform. Most force majeure clauses explicitly address events like war and natural disaster, but not pandemics.
Jeremy Waitzman publishes article in Financial Poise entitled "The LLC Operating Agreement Demystified"
Jeremy Waitzman recently authored an article on LLC operating agreements including why they are essential and providing a high level overview of standard content.
Jeremy T. Waitzman authors article entitled "The NYC Bar Versus the Litigation Funding Industry" on Financial Poise
Jeremy T. Waitzman authored an article appearing on the Financial Poise website entitled “The NYC Bar Versus the Litigation Funding Industry.”
Jeremy Waitzman, head of SFGH's corporate practice group, featured on Sun Acquisitions webcast to discuss the effect of Illinois shelter-in-place order on businesses
Jeremy Waitzman, the head of the corporate practice group at Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger LLP, appeared as a featured guest of Dominic Rinaldi of Sun Acquisitions on a webcast to discuss the recent shelter-in-place order issued by the Illinois Governor.
Jeremy Waitzman, the head of the corporate practice group at Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger LLP, was the featured speaker on a recent M&A Unplugged podcast regarding the non-price considerations of a purchase agreement.
Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger partner Jeremy Waitzman will moderate a Private Directors Association program on August 13, 2019, titled “The Psychology of a Private Company Board… ESOP and Other Employee-Owned Businesses”
SFGH partner Jeremy Waitzman will moderate a Private Directors Association program titled “The Psychology of a Private Company Board… ESOP and Other Employee Owned Businesses.”
Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger partner Jeremy Waitzman will moderate a Private Directors Association program on July 9, 2019, titled “The Psychology of a Private Company Board… Fund (and Fund-like) Owned Businesses”
SFGH partner Jeremy Waitzman will moderate a program produced by the Private Directors Association titled "The Psychology of a Private Company Board… Fund (and Fund-like) Owned Businesses."
Join SFGH partner Jeremy Waitzman for a panel discussion titled “Who is Your Buyer?” on June 13, 2019, at Chicago Cut Steakhouse! In this session, Jeremy and a panel of subject matter experts we will have an in-depth conversation on how business owners can identify an ideal buyer for their business. This event is hosted by the Exit Planning Exchange (XPX) and is a great opportunity to develop relationships with like-minded professionals.
SFGH partner Jeremy Waitzman to moderate a Private Directors Association program titled “Family Owned Businesses” as part of its three-part series “The Psychology of a Private Company Board”
Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger partner Jeremy Waitzman will lead a Private Directors Association program on June 11, 2019, titled “Family Owned Businesses.”
Join SFGH partner Jeremy Waitzman and a panel of experienced litigation funding professionals as they examine three live legal funding deals. The webinar will take place on May 8, 2019.
SFGH Partner Jeremy Waitzman to moderate West LegalEdcenter/Financial Poise’s webinar "Commercial Litigation Funding 101 - A Menu of Products for Investors and Lawyers"
Join SFGH Partner Jeremy Waitzman on April 10, 2019, as he moderates West LegalEdcenter/Financial Poise’s webinar "Commercial Litigation Funding 101 - A Menu of Products for Investors and Lawyers."
SFGH partner Jeremy Waitzman will serve as a panelist at an upcoming West LegalEd Center/Financial Poise webinar titled “The Role of the Board in a Private Company."
SFGH is pleased to announce that Jeremy Waitzman will serve as a panelist at an upcoming West LegalEd Center/Financial Poise webinar titled “The Role of the Board in a Private Company." The webinar will take place on June 4, 2018 at 11:00a.m.
Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger is pleased to have hosted the Private Directors Association Program, Psychology of a Private Company Board: ESOP and Other Employee-Owned Businesses
On August 13, 2019, SFGH hosted the Private Directors Association Program, “Psychology of a Private Company Board, ESOP and Other Employee-Owned Businesses,” which was part three of a three-part series.
Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger is pleased to have hosted the Private Directors Association Program, Psychology of a Private Company Board: Fund (and Fund-Like) Owned Businesses
On July 9, 2019, SFGH hosted the Private Directors Association Program, “Psychology of a Private Company Board, Fund (and Fund-Like) Owned Businesses,” which was part two of a three-part series.
SFGH is pleased to note that Crain’s recently highlighted its recent hire of Jeremy Waitzman in its “People On the Move” section.
On January 29, 2018, Crain’s recently highlighted SFGH's recent hire of Jeremy Waitzman in its “People On the Move” section.
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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.
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.