Michael D. Bain - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Michael D. Bain

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009
Phone: 617-526-6158

Mick Bain leads WilmerHale’s Emerging Company and Venture Capital practices, focusing on the representation of companies, from start-ups 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, Blue Danube Labs, Boundless Learning, Casa Systems, Cloudant, CloudHealth, Cloze, CounterTack, FastCap Systems, Fiksu, Laser Light Engines, Lattice Engines, MC10, Mears Technologies, MineralTree, New Forma, Nexage, Reflexis, Retroficiency and Tego. He has worked extensively with some of the country’s most high-profile investors and venture capital firms.

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, 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.

Providence CollegeBA Boston University School of LawJ.D.

Client Comments

"Mick has the ability to negotiate deals to closure -- prioritizing and working on issues that really matter. His broad expertise has been very helpful to us in closing complicated financings and M&A deals."

-David Parent
Aegis Lightwave, Inc.

Office Location

60 State Street
Boston, MA 02109
United States

Practice Areas

Corporate Law
Venture Capital Law