Michael D. Rosenthal, an experienced lawyer in the venture capital and private equity community in Chicago, joined Polsinelli Shughart’s General Corporate Practice as a shareholder. Rosenthal advises entrepreneurs, companies and investors, and for more than 20 years has handled matters involving fund formation, corporate mergers, joint ventures and acquisitions, workouts and restructurings and securities.

“We are pleased that Michael is bringing his reputation and extensive background in corporate and private equity transactions to our firm,” said Chicago managing director Anthony J. Nasharr. “His deep experience working with technology, health care, and energy companies is an excellent fit for our client base throughout the firm.”

Rosenthal represents venture capital and private equity investors, angel investors and strategic investors in start-up, later stage and mezzanine financing as well as workout transactions and general portfolio management. His fund formation experience includes representing private equity, venture capital and hedge fund sponsors as well as limited partners in funds. Rosenthal also counsels companies with respect to their exit alternatives and acquisition and growth strategies.

“Michael’s representation of growth companies, entrepreneurs, venture capital companies and private equity investors are areas of significant continued expansion for our firm. We are very happy he chose Polsinelli,” said Business Services Division chair Trip Frizell.

Rosenthal earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School where he was Order of the Coif and served as contributing editor for the Michigan Law Review.

Polsinelli Shughart serves corporations, institutions, entrepreneurs and individuals industries including health care, financial services, real estate, life sciences and technology, energy and business litigation.