As business legal counsel to (predominantly) closely held companies, Mr. Hubbard helps navigate each client through the intersection of opportunities, risks, law, taxes and business—as well as the emotional responses to these challenges. His business legal counsel may include: serving as outside general business legal counsel to middle-market companies and their owners, helping to provide leadership and sound counsel in key business decisions, and representing clients in implementing needed actions.
Planning for and negotiating key agreements; the purchase or sale of a business; mergers and acquisitions; business growth, family succession and tax planning; joint venture and partnership opportunities; capital structuring (or re-structuring) of the business; private securities offerings; commercial real estate matters; the structuring of compensation and equity participation; the resolution of a dispute without litigation.
Mr. Hubbard founded Hubbard Business Counsel in Chicago, Illinois after having been a partner at two large Chicago law firms. For over 25 years, he has helped guide clients in the decisions involved with buying, growing, and selling—and financing—companies and the structuring (including tax structuring), pricing, and negotiating of these transactions. Amongst others, the industries in which he has represented clients include: Manufacturing, Technology, Distribution, Service, Banking, Financial Services, Publishing, Construction, Automotive, Mining, Oil and Gas, Real Estate and Health Care.
Professional Associations & Memberships
He is a member of ABA Business Law Sections(Limited Liability Companies and Negotiated Acquisitions), Co-Chairs the Business Law Subcommittee on Mergers and Acquisitions of the Chicago Bar Association, Chairs the Illinois CPA Society Mergers and Acquisitions Special Interest Group Task Force, and is on the Illinois CPA Society Consulting Services Executive Committee. Amongst other professional activities, he authored two chapters for Mergers and Acquisitions Handbook for Small and Midsize Companies, edited by West and Jones (New York: Wiley, 1997), co-authored a chapter on Illinois/Delaware/Nevada Corporations for an IICLE handbook, authored the Limited Liability Company Management Structures chapter in the LLC and S Corporation Handbook (IICLE, 2008) and has made numerous presentations concerning closely held businesses and mergers and acquisitions.
Honors and Awards
Law and Politics Magazine in connection with Chicago Magazine has recognized Bill on the list of Illinois’ Mergers and Acquisitions and Closely Held Business “SuperLawyers.” (“SuperLawyers are the top 5% of the attorneys in each state as chosen by their peers and verified by our independent research…based on surveys of more than 47,000 lawyers across Illinois.”) Bill makes no claim other than to use—to the utmost of his abilities—such skills as he may possess on behalf of each client. The Illinois Supreme Court does not recognize a lawyer's certifications or specialties, none of which are requisite to the practice of law. More significantly, he is able to join one of his daughters for weekly lunches (schedules permitting) at a local Rotary Club in which they are both members (and where she volunteers him for an occasional father-daughter project). He is a Past President and Board Member of the West Point Society of Chicago.
He served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army in Berlin and, after law school, as a Staff Judge Advocate in Augsburg, Germany, where he prosecuted more than 100 courts-martial and managed the law office. Mr. Hubbard graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law (J.D. with high honors, 1978, having foregone law review to participate in International Law Moot Court, Mensa, be President of the International Law Society, intern in the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois and obtain an Illinois Certified Public Accountant certificate) and from the United States Military Academy at West Point (1973;B.S.).