Michael Friedman

Michael Friedman

Chief Executive Officer
Hilco IP Merchant Banking


Michael Friedman is the CEO and a founder of Hilco IP Merchant Banking, an integrated provider of intellectual property advisory and monetization services, and principal investor in intellectual property-related transactions.  Founded in 2017, HIPMB advises on and/or monetizes IP assets for some of the world’s leading semiconductor, telecommunications and information technology companies.

Mr. Friedman was formerly Managing Director at Ocean Tomo, LLC, where he headed its IP Asset Management business, served as Chief Investment Officer, and headed Investment Banking.  Prior to joining Ocean Tomo, Mr. Friedman founded and was Managing Partner of FHS Investments, LLC, a multi-strategy hedge fund, and was a managing director at UBS AG where he was co-head of Special Situations investing. Mr. Friedman practiced mergers and acquisitions and securities law for a number of years before joining the investment community. 

Michael is a Lecturer in Law at The University of Chicago Law School and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Northwestern University Law School, where he teaches courses in intellectual property-based finance and investing.

Michael received a JD from the University of Chicago Law School in 1988 where he was Research Editor of the University of Chicago Legal Forum. He also holds a BS in Marine Engineering and Nautical Science from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.