Matthew A. Weinbaum

Bar/Court Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
  • J.D., with honors in International Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 2008
  • M.S., with merit, Global Politics, the London School of Economics and Political Science, 2005
  • B.A. with distinction, Political Science, the University of Michigan, 2003

Matt is an attorney with extensive corporate experience serving as legal counsel to various businesses, leadership and executive teams. He has regularly provided advice to clients in connection with all legal requirements, from the tactical (customer contracts) to the strategic (capital formation and acquisitions).

Prior to joining Cohen & Grigsby, Matt was assistant general counsel and senior investigator at the Mintz Group, a corporate intelligence and investigations firm where he conducted corporate due diligence and worked on a wide variety of legal matters, providing assistance with respect to national and international privacy and data retention laws, state regulations related to corporate investigations and general corporate matters.

Matt began his career in the project finance group at Chadbourne & Parke LLP in New York. He has also worked at a boutique law firm in New York focused on emerging businesses, private equity and venture capital.

Representative Matters

Selected Emerging Business and Venture Capital Financings

  • Represented strategic investor in approximately $25 million investment in technology company
  • Represented lead investor in Series Seed, Series A and Series B financings in various technology start-ups and other emerging growth companies
  • Represented numerous AlphaLab and AlphaLab Gear companies with respect to formation issues, strategic partnerships, private placements of convertible debt and equity, technology licensing and related matters
  • Represented technology company in multimillion dollar stock purchase acquisition
  • Represented healthcare startup in entity formation and conversion of business entity from a limited liability company to a Delaware corporation in connection with follow-on $500,000 Series Seed financing round
  • Represented family office in debt financing and follow-on equity financing of newly-formed alcohol-distilling company in New York
  • Represented strategic investor in $600,000 seed financing in beverage company
  • Represented private equity fund in $500,000 bridge loan in advance of follow-on financing to financial services start-up
  • Represented in-home wellness company in $400,000 convertible debt financing

Selected Private Equity Financings

  • Represented private equity fund in up to a $12.5 million equity investment in a multi-store home furnishing business
  • Represented private equity fund in up to a $10 million equity investment in a company that purchased residual interests from ISOs in the credit card payment industry
  • Represented renewable energy fund in the financing of a $10 million working capital facility for a developer’s biodiesel facility
  • Represented private equity fund in $2.5 million investment in subordinated debt of Australian company
  • Represented private equity fund in a $1.5 million structured investment in a homebuilding company to finance new home construction

Selected Project Financings

  • Represented PNC Energy Capital, LLC, as tax equity investor, in $60 million sale/leaseback transaction where investor purchased a 14 megawatt solar power plant in Las Cruces, New Mexico from SunEdison. The offtaker of the power was El Paso Electric.
  • Represented PNC Energy Capital, LLC, as tax equity investor, in over $80 million of sale/leaseback transactions for rooftop and ground-mounted solar photovoltaic systems at various locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Massachusetts and New Jersey
  • Represented lender in the construction/term loan financing of a 23 megawatt photovoltaic solar electric generating facility in Niland, California
  • Represented Societe Generale as lead arranger in the $210 million construction/term loan financing of a 537,000 MTA propane to propylene facility in Texas. The financing also featured a $10 million working capital revolver facility.
  • Represented Biofuel Energy in connection with the development of two 115 million gallon ethanol facilities
  • Represented Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners Fund in due diligence in anticipation of the fund’s submission of a bid for a portfolio of power projects
  • Member, Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association
  • Member, Young Leadership Committee, Seeds of Peace
  • Member of Ambassador Committee, 3 Rivers Venture Fair
  • Co-Author, “The Risks of Greasing the Wheel,” Journal of International Peace Operations, March-April 2009
  • Author, “Implications of Automotive Emission Restrictions in California,” Federalism-E, February 2004
    • J.D., with honors in International Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 2008
      • Senior Editor, Canada, United States Law Journal
    • M.S., with merit in Global Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2005
    • B.A., with Distinction in Political Science with minors in Environmental and History, University of Michigan, 2003
      • Study Abroad
        • Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, 2000
        • University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 2002

    Prior Work Experience

    • Assistant General Counsel, Senior Investigator, Mintz Group, New York, New York, 2013-2015
    • Associate, Forefront Group Ltd., New York, New York, 2012-2013
    • Associate, Chadbourne & Parke LLP, New York, New York, 2007 (Summer Associate); 2008-2012