Harry Hanson advises high-growth companies and their investors on a full range of business deals, including venture capital and private equity financing, mergers and acquisitions and IP licensing agreements. For more than 30 years, Harry has helped entrepreneurs and technology companies grow and succeed. He has represented some of the most successful private equity and venture capital firms in the United States. Harry gets involved at all points in the growth business cycle -- advising on initial formation, financing, during negotiation of mission critical commercial agreements and strategic partnerships, and ultimately the successful exit by sale of assets, stock or merger.
From software companies to new media companies, Harry advises companies through a hands-on counseling approach. He brings a calming but firm approach to the countless obstacles high-growth companies face. The business activities of his clients extend across the United States and internationally and include:
- enterprise software
- healthcare services and information technology
- specialty retail
Harry is regularly engaged as transaction counsel to buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions ranging in size from several million dollars to $100+ million dollars. His clients include private companies, fundless sponsors, angel investors and institutional investors in hundreds of venture capital financings, growth and private equity transactions, debt financings, cross-border transactions, complex restructuring transactions and spin-off transactions.
Harry was previously a partner with Choate Hall & Stewart LLP and an organizing partner and initial chair of that firm’s Business & Technology Group. He has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer and is listed in Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America as a leading corporate, M&A and private equity attorney.
Active in his community, Harry has served as a member of the Town of Wayland Finance Committee and other town committees, and has served on the board of directors of charitable organizations including the New England Aquarium, the Trout and Salmon Foundation and the Massachusetts Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.
Harry received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law and his A.B. with honors from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a member of the American and Boston Bar Associations.
Sell-Side M&A — $750 million merger transaction that included S-3
Spin-Off — transaction counsel to an IT consulting firm in
connection with a $150 million recapitalization sponsored by a private equity
Buy-Side PE — Transaction Counsel to Private Equity Firm in connection with leveraged acquisition of shelving equipment manufacturer