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Mick Bain

Partner

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.

Practice

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, Casa Systems, CoolChip, Cloze, DataXu, FastCap Systems, Lattice Engines, MC10, MineralTree, New Forma, Reflexis, 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, WilmerHaleLaunch.com, 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.

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 2011-2016 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)
  • Recommended in the 2016 edition of The Legal 500 United States for his M&A/Corporate and Commercial: Middle-Market and as well as Venture Capital and Emerging Companies practices
  • 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

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July 20, 2016

WilmerHale Advises Aushon BioSystems in $6.14M Series C Financing

Aushon BioSystems, a global provider of protein biomarker measurement and analysis products and services via an innovative, cost-effective multiplex immunoassay platform, announced that it held the initial closing of a $6.14 million Series C Financing.

June 22, 2016

The Legal 500 United States 2016 Recognizes 111 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 30 Practice Areas

The guide's rankings are based on a series of criteria, including client feedback, interviews with private practice lawyers, and its own research.

June 22, 2016

WilmerHale Counsels Zaius in $8M Series B Funding Led by Underscore.VC

Zaius, the only CRM built for the scale and velocity of business-to-consumer marketers, announced it has closed an $8 million investment led by _Underscore.VC, with participation from Leaders Fund and existing investor Matrix Partners. 

May 27, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2016 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2016 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 47 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 82 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

May 16, 2016

WilmerHale Counsels Accion Systems in Raising $7.5 Million in Series A Funding

WilmerHale represented Accion Systems Inc., a space technology startup led by MIT graduates, in raising $7.5 million in Series A funding.

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.

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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Education

JD, magna cum laude, Boston University School of Law

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

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

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