Max joined Versant in 2019 as General Counsel, with responsibility for all legal matters including guidance on Versant’s deal structuring for investments, portfolio company exits, fund management and operations, and regulatory compliance.
Prior to Versant, Max served as the first General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Polaris Partners out of its San Francisco office. In this role, Max supported the firm in legal, compliance, investor relations, and operational matters, including leading the development of the firm’s operations infrastructure and navigating its registration with the SEC as a registered investment adviser. Before Polaris, Max was a Partner and General Counsel of Sandbox Industries in Chicago where he coordinated all legal, compliance and operational functions, which included providing guidance and support to Sandbox’s strategic initiatives and collaborative venture fund platform. Max began his legal career in the corporate departments of both Latham & Watkins LLP and Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.
Earlier in his pre-law career, Max spent three years in San Francisco working as an analyst for a supply chain logistics start-up and as the marketing coordinator for a non-profit organization that provided micro-loans to low-income, minority entrepreneurs in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Max graduated from Northwestern University School of Law and received his BA in history from Duke University.