Matthew H. Benson

Matt Benson is a corporate attorney and advises his business clients on a variety of legal and business issues. He represents entrepreneurs of all types and at all stages of their businesses, from start-up to exit.

In his work with start-up and other privately held companies, Matt has counseled his clients on a variety of corporate matters, including entity formation, obtaining angel round financing, venture capital or other debt and/or equity financing, executive and employee compensation, contract issues, equity ownership matters, and exit strategy issues. He also advises his technology-related companies on a wide range of matters specific to them, including software licensing, licensing of intellectual property, and website development matters.  In addition, he is involved in various non-profits and is Chair of the Live Free and Start Advisory Council, an initiative of the Governor’s office, the New Hampshire Business Finance Authority, and NH’s Division of Resource and Economic Development.

Matt also advises doctors, dentists, and other health care professionals on a variety of matters, including ownership issues, the buying and selling of medical practices, and negotiating employment and other contracts with hospitals.

Honors and Distinctions: AV (5.0 out of 5.0) Peer Review Rated

Recommended in Chambers USA™ for Corporate/Commercial

Best Lawyers of America ®:  Corporate Law and Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law; and Technology Law

Super Lawyer: Business/Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities and Corporate Finance


Boston College Law School

Boston College Graduate Carroll School of Management

Brandeis University

Professional and Civic Affiliations:

Chair of the Live Free and Start Advisory Council

Board of Directors of the New Hampshire High Technology Council (NHHTC)

Chair of the NHHTC Entrepreneur Forum Presenter Committee

Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Business Finance Authority

New Hampshire Bar Association

Member of Leadership New Hampshire class of 2013 – 2014

Practice Area Matters:

Assisted a rapidly growing software company to obtain several million dollars in equity financing from a major venture capital firm, and in subsequent bridge loan financing rounds

Counsel start-up companies seeking seed capital from angel investors, venture capitalists, and others, and provided advice on securities issues

Structured the sale of a dentist’s practice to provide that the dentist was able to work with the prospective purchaser and provide an organized transition for the practice

Assisted in the sale of a company client to a large multinational publicly traded company

Represented a client in the sale of a company to an international publicly traded company for stock, including negotiating employment agreements for the company’s senior management.

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