Mick Bain


Co-Chair, Corporate Practice Group

Co-Chair, Energy and Cleantech Group

Bain, Mick

Mick Bain leads WilmerHale’s Corporate practice and is a member of the Emerging Company Practice, focusing on the representation of companies, from startups to high growth companies, with particular emphasis on software, mobile and telecom, Internet and electronic media, clean technology and other technologies. Since joining the firm in 1993, Mr. Bain has counseled hundreds of entrepreneurs and emerging companies throughout their lifecycle and has helped clients raise hundreds of millions of dollars in seed-stage, venture and strategic financing. He has also advised dozens of clients through complex transactions, including public offerings and acquisitions.


Emerging Company Practice. Mr. Bain counsels entrepreneurs and emerging companies throughout their lifecycle. He advises companies on formation and governance issues, equity and compensation matters, initial- through late-stage venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, technology licensing and securities laws. Taking a practical business approach, Mr. Bain has helped his clients raise hundreds of millions of dollars in seed-stage and venture capital and has advised his clients through dozens of public offerings and acquisitions.

Mr. Bain counsels companies in a broad range of industries, including software, mobile and telecommunications, storage, fintech, semiconductors, network security, e-commerce, social media and web services, energy and clean tech, and life sciences. His current venture-backed clients include: 1366 Technologies, Appcues, Blue Danube Labs, Boundless Learning, Casa Systems, Cloze, CounterTack, FastCap Systems, Fiksu, Laser Light Engines, Lattice Engines, MC10, Mears Technologies, MineralTree, New Forma, Nexage, Kensho, Reflexis, Retroficiency, Tego, Wymsee, Zaius and Zensight. He has worked extensively with some of the country’s most high-profile investors and venture capital firms.

Drawing on WilmerHale’s work with startup founders and other entrepreneurs, the firm has recently unveiled a new website,, that will be an important source of vital information, tools and connections for entrepreneurs to help support their success. The website provides insightful, easy-to-understand and practical information about a myriad of topics related to the development of a company.

Energy and Cleantech Group. Mr. Bain is co-chair of WilmerHale’s Energy and Cleantech Group. Companies in the energy and clean technology space that he has represented include: 1366 Technologies, A123, Advanced Transportation Technologies, BandGap Engineering, BioOils, CarbonFlow, Carbon Neutral, CoolChip, Great Bay Power, Houston Street, Khosla Ventures, Maglev Power and WebGen. Mr. Bain has served on the Innovation Task Force of the New England Clean Energy Council.

Other. Mr. Bain was previously associate general counsel of CMGI, Inc., where he advised CMGI and its subsidiaries with respect to a variety of domestic and international transactions, including venture capital investments, mergers and acquisitions and international joint ventures in the US, Asia, Europe and South America.

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized as a "well-respected force within the venture capital market" and is "highly regarded by peers" for his private equity: venture capital investment practice in the 2011-2015 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Named one of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of venture capital law (2009-2016) and corporate law (2010-2016)
  • Named a "New England Super Lawyer" (formerly "Massachusetts Super Lawyer") from 2009-2015
  • Named a "Massachusetts Super Lawyer Rising Star" in securities and venture finance in the May 2005 edition of Boston Magazine

Publications & News


April 15, 2016

Kala Pharmaceuticals Announces Closing of $68 Million Series C Financing

On April 13, 2016, Kala Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative ophthalmic products based on its proprietary mucus-penetrating particle technology, announced that it closed a $68 million Series C preferred stock financing.

March 24, 2016

2016 Venture Capital Report

The 2016 Venture Capital Report provides an in-depth analysis of, and outlook for, the US and European venture capital markets. The report features industry and regional breakdowns, and a look at trends in venture capital financing, convertible debt and VC-backed company M&A deal terms. We also highlight two new funding techniques that have expanded the pre-IPO financing toolkit; five common mistakes made by fledging entrepreneurs; and four things you need to know about doing business in California.

December 11, 2015

New Crowdfunding Rules for Issuers: Opportunities or Landmines?

As directed by Congress under the JOBS Act of 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted final rules to permit equity "crowdfunding," characterized by the SEC as "a relatively new and evolving method of using the Internet to raise capital to support a wide range of ideas and ventures."

May 19, 2015

WilmerHale Practices, Lawyers Ranked Among Nation’s Best by Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2015 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 46 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale attorneys as leaders in their respective fields.

March 27, 2015

2015 Venture Capital Report

The 2015 Venture Capital Report offers an in-depth analysis of, and outlook for, the US and European venture capital markets. The report features industry and regional breakdowns; an analysis of trends in venture capital financing, convertible debt and VC-backed company M&A deal terms; and a look at important considerations for startup founders weighing the costs, benefits and optimal timing for company incorporation.

January 13, 2015

Citrix Acquires Sanbolic

Citrix announced that it completed its acquisition of Sanbolic, an innovator and leader in workload-oriented storage virtualization technologies. Sanbolic technology enables customers to software-define storage to optimize the delivery of application-specific workloads.

September 23, 2014

Millennial Media to Acquire Nexage, a Leading Mobile SSP and Advertising Exchange

Millennial Media today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Nexage for approximately $107.5 million in cash and stock, subject to certain adjustments.

August 18, 2014

Best Lawyers in America® 2015 Recognizes Nearly 100 WilmerHale Partners, Naming Nine “Lawyer of the Year”

Nearly 100 WilmerHale lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 21st edition of Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry.

June 11, 2014

Attorneys and Staff Participate in Best Buddies Challenge

On May 31, a group of attorneys and staff from the Boston and Waltham offices took on the Best Buddies Challenge, biking distances of up to 100 miles from Boston to Hyannis Port on Cape Cod.

May 24, 2013

Chambers USA 2013 Final Results Announced

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business today announced its final rankings for the 2013 edition, in which 93 WilmerHale lawyers and 44 firm practice areas have been recognized as leading in their field.

Professional Activities

Mr. Bain is a frequent guest lecturer on entrepreneurship and corporate finance at MIT Sloan, Harvard Business School, Boston University and Babson College.


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JD, magna cum laude, Boston University School of Law

BA, magna cum laude, Providence College, Pi Sigma Alpha

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