Managing Partner/Chair-Private Equity/Venture Capital
Gould & Ratner LLP
Fred Tannenbaum is recognized by the Illinois Venture Capital Association as a leading expert on private equity and venture capital, by a national bar association organization as a leading authority on mergers and acquisitions, and by The New York Times, Reuters and Crain’s Chicago Business as a top expert on family-owned businesses. Fred has been consistently recognized as an Illinois SuperLawyer for many years, an honor conferred on only five percent of Illinois lawyers, and an Illinois Leading Lawyer in Business Law for several years by the Leading Lawyers Network. Fred also serves on the firm’s Management Committee.
Fred has represented more than 250 middle market businesses, private equity or venture capital funds, sophisticated entrepreneurs, wealthy family businesses, and senior key executives in more than 500 mergers/acquisitions/divestitures/strategic alliance transactions and more than 250 venture capital transactions spanning 25 years. He also serves as de facto general counsel for more than 70 businesses across the U.S., ranging in size from start-up to $800 million in revenues, in industries including manufacturing, distribution, food, service, telecom, software and technology.
He has a wide range of experience throughout the world in advising entrepreneurs, early stage emerging businesses, strategic investors, middle market businesses, private equity funds, and wealthy families form businesses, raise capital (both private equity capital and debt), grow (through acquisitions, mergers, strategic alliances, joint ventures, and licensing), operate (buy-sell agreements, employment and other agreements), attract management talent (employee incentive plans and executive compensation) and transfer operations (sales, redemptions, new management, partnerships, new generation transfers). His clients thrive in more than 60 industries throughout the world, including many diversified manufacturing and distribution companies. Fred also sits on the Board of Directors of several telecommunications and technology companies. Fred combines his broad range of legal skills and experiences with common sense and practical business judgment and insights.
Fred has written extensively on business and legal topics, writing one book, five law review articles, several chapters on venture capital, and more than 90 articles on topics of practical importance to investors, entrepreneurs, lawyers, and family businesses. He frequently speaks worldwide on these topics. Fred is also a Past President of Law Exchange International, a network, together with Law Firm of the Americas, of 30 law firms in Europe, Australia, China, India, the Middle East, and South and North America, and serves on its Executive Committee.
Fred is also a leader in many charitable and not-for-profit organizations and is a Member of the Board of Directors for the America-Israel Chamber of Commerce.