Business Law Attorney
Matt serves as outside general counsel to a wide range of emerging and middle market companies. His particular industry concentrations include software, SaaS, information technology, IoT, data analytics and other technology based companies, as well as manufacturing, automotive, advanced materials, pharma, medical devices, publishing, digital advertising and media, retail, and food and beverage.
Matt advises middle market companies on general internal corporation matters including shareholder agreements, corporate governance, equity incentive plans and investor relations. Matt also acts as general outside counsel to middle market companies, providing advice and assistance in connection with general contract matters concerning vendors, suppliers, customers, licensors and other day-to-day business transactions.
He advises emerging companies on capital fundraising, including SAFE financing, convertible debt, preferred equity financing, as well as securities law compliance. He works closely with companies from cradle (formation and organization) to liquidity (sale or merger) and all stages of development in between. Matt's experience in the early-stage capital markets includes fund representation, fund formation and investments.
Matt also has extensive experience in a broad range of intellectual property matters particularly protection and commercialization, including development, licensing and SaaS agreements.
Matt is a member of the Business and Corporate Services Practice Team, and participates in the Intellectual Property, the Data Privacy and Cybersecurity, and the Startup and Emerging Companies practice teams. He is also the lead partner of the firm's Ann Arbor office.
For more information, please contact Matt Bower at 734/372-2920 or email@example.com
$1 million Series Seed financing for Ann Arbor-based Y Combinator company.
$15 million Series B financing for Nevada-based Tech Stars IoT company.
$1.6 million Series A financing, $2 million venture debt transaction, and $1.5 million convertible bridge financing for Ann Arbor-based payment processing company.
$2.5 million convertible debt financing and $2 million equity financing for Detroit-based customer relationship management (CRM) company.
Six-figure licensing transactions for California-based insurance risk management software company.
Formation of $30 million Michigan-based, seed-stage investment fund.
$1 million Series Seed financing for Ann Arbor-based data analytics company.
$500,000 Series Seed financing for Detroit-based, minority-owned SaaS company.
$2 million convertible debt financing for Detroit-based, minority-owned and woman-owned cosmetics company.
$1 million financing for S.E. Michigan cannabis business (Class C Grower).
$1 million SAFE financing for SE Michigan, women-owned fintech company.
Honors & Recognitions
Arts, Communications, Entertainment, and Arts Section of the State Bar of Michigan: Hensel Award Recipient, 2020
Michigan Lawyers Weekly: Leaders in the Law, 2020
Detroit Techweek 100, 2014, 2015 (Detroit area leaders significantly impacting business and technology)
Michigan Super Lawyers®: Rising Star since 2012
Michigan Lawyers Weekly: Up and Coming Lawyer, 2009
American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
Copyright Society of the U.S.A.
New York State Bar Association: Entertainment Section; Intellectual Property Section
State Bar of Michigan: Arts, Communications, Entertainment and Sports (ACES) Section, past chair; Business Section; Intellectual Property Section
Creative Many Michigan: Board; Lawyers for the Creative Economy (LCE) program, volunteer lawyer and founding advisor member
News & Publications
- Varnum Attorney Matt Bower Named Recipient of Hensel Award Presented by SBM Arts, Communication, Entertainment and Sports SectionDecember 15, 2020
- February 25, 2020
- December 3, 2019
- April 4, 2019
- Autonomous Vehicle Liability Issues: Bower Speaks with Paul W. Smith at SAE World Congress ExperienceApril 25, 2017
- September 27, 2016
- June 30, 2016
- April 11, 2016
- November 11, 2015
- October 22, 2015
- October 7, 2015
- July 21, 2015
- March 10, 2015
- January 5, 2015
- July 7, 2014
- May 15, 2014
- September 6, 2013
- January 23, 2013
Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), "Doing Business Online," program section and publication YouTube and Beyond: The Law of Online Content Sharing, presented June 5, 2007
ICLE, "Movie Making in Michigan: A Lawyer's Guide," program section and publication Serving as General Counsel for a Film Project, presented on June 3, 2010
ICLE, 4th Annual Information Technology Law Seminar, program and publication Representing the Web-based Business, presented on September 21, 2011
- Startup Advisory, January 5, 2021
- Startup Advisory, November 18, 2020
- Startup Advisory, October 19, 2020
- Startup Advisory, March 24, 2020
- Startup Blog Post, September 6, 2018
- Startup Blog Post, July 28, 2017
- Startup Advisory, January 12, 2016
- Startup Blog Post, September 23, 2015
- Startup Blog Post, February 10, 2015
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
New York, New York
J.D., cum laude, 2002
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
B.F.A., Theatre, 1995
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- All Michigan state courts