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 2011-2014 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 (2009-2015) and corporate law (2010-2015)
  • Named a "New England Super Lawyer" (formerly "Massachusetts Super Lawyer") in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013
  • Named a "Massachusetts Super Lawyer Rising Star" in securities and venture finance in the May 2005 edition of Boston Magazine

Publications & News


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.

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 23, 2014

Chambers USA Ranks Top WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices in 2014 Edition

We are pleased to announce the names of the individuals and practice areas that are ranked in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

May 6, 2014

2014 Venture Capital Report

Our 2014 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 and VC-backed company M&A deal terms, a look at important considerations for startups in light of JOBS Act provisions that loosen restrictions around general solicitation and crowdfunding.

December 4, 2013

WilmerHale Honored as "Innovation All-Star"

The Boston Business Journal and Mass High Tech have named WilmerHale to the 2013 "Innovation All-Stars" list, an annual program that recognizes outstanding companies and individuals "whose products and services help our Innovation economy thrive."

September 11, 2013

Three WilmerHale Startup Clients Launch Crowdfunding Campaigns

Last week, three of WilmerHale’s clients—Dash Robotics, Rest Devices and Technical Machine—each launched its own crowdfunding campaign. “This is a very exciting time for each of these companies,” said Mick Bain, co-chair of WilmerHale Emerging Company Group.

August 15, 2013

Best Lawyers in America® 2014 Recognizes Nearly 100 WilmerHale Partners, Naming Eight “Lawyer of the Year”

Nearly 100 WilmerHale lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry.

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.

May 14, 2013

A startup lawyer’s take on winning over a venture capitalist

An article by Mick Bain, originally published in VentureBeat's Deals channel.

May 6, 2013

2013 Venture Capital Report

Our 2013 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 and VC-backed company M&A deal terms, a look at the federal tax advantages of investments in “qualified small business stock,” and a discussion of JOBS Act benefits for startups that never plan to go public.

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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