Nathan Howze is a business attorney focusing on venture capital and private equity financings, emerging companies, mergers and acquisitions, and cannabis businesses. He serves as trusted outside counsel to clients in a diverse range of industries, including technology, food and beverage, cannabis, life sciences, airport concessions, and real estate.

Nathan frequently advises venture capital funds, family offices, sponsors, entrepreneurs, and emerging companies in connection with their investments, equity raises, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, recapitalizations, business contracts, and other general corporate matters. He has helped to form, finance, and buy and sell hundreds of established and emerging businesses. Nathan also advises cannabis businesses and investors on regulatory compliance matters and applications for coveted cannabis licenses.




Representative Matters

Represented $500,000,000 venture capital fund in equity and convertible debt financings in domestic and international portfolio companies.

Represented $70,000,000 venture capital fund in equity and convertible debt financings in Black, Latinx, and Women owned companies located in Chicago's South and West side neighborhoods.

Represented lead investors in $137,000,000 financing of an innovative plastic-free and sustainable packaging company.

Represented lead investor in $81,000,000 Series B financing of a hospitality robotics and artificial intelligence solutions company.

Represented major investor in a $60,000,000 Series B financing of a New Zealand-based technology company.

Represented lead investor in a $45,000,000 Series B financing of an Ireland-based biotechnology company.

Represented family-owned company in $21,000,000 sale of its restaurant equipment and services business.

Represented buyer in $15,000,000 acquisition of cigar bar and liquor distiller.

Represented applicants in successfully obtaining cannabis dispensary and infuser licenses in the highly competitive Chicagoland area.

Prior Experience

  • Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP, Partner






Cook County Bar Association, Next Generation Award, 2024

Law Bulletin Media

  • Emerging Lawyers, Cannabis Law, 2024
  • Emerging Lawyers, Closely & Privately Held Business Law, 2024
  • Emerging Lawyers, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2024
  • Emerging Lawyers, Securities & Venture Finance Law, 2024

National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 in Illinois, 2022

The Best Lawyers in America, Recognized as "One to Watch", 2022, 2024

  • Recognized in the area of Corporate Law

Illinois Super Lawyers, Recognized as a Rising Star, 2024

Law Bulletin Media

  • Emerging Lawyers, Cannabis Law, 2021-2023
  • Emerging Lawyers, Closely & Privacy Held Business Law, 2021-2023
  • Emerging Lawyers, Mergers & Acquisitions, 2021-2023
  • Emerging Lawyers, Securities & Venture Finance Law, 2021-2023

Professional & Community Involvement

American Bar Association

  • Business Law Section
  • Cannabis Law & Policy Committee, Vice Chair (2019)
  • Private Equity & Venture Capital

Chicago Bar Association

  • Business Law Committee

J. Reuben Clark Law Society Chicago Chapter, Board of Directors

HFS Young Professionals, Board Scholars

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