Frederic J. Marx


  • d 617-557-9717
  • 60 State Street
  • Boston, MA 02109

Practice Focus

Frederic Marx is the head of the Business Law Group at Hemenway & Barnes and has concentrated his practice on four principal areas:

  • Businesses involved in the technology, software, healthcare, and financial services sectors.  Clients range from development stage entrepreneurial ventures to publicly held corporations. Fred has represented clients on a wide variety of issues, including technology development and licensing, venture capital and equity financing, strategic partnerships and alliances, mergers and acquisitions, business planning, securities law, taxation, and intellectual property issues.
  • Nonprofit organizations in the healthcare, education, cultural and social services sectors
  • Significant family groups in strategic and tax planning for their business and multigenerational long-term objectives
  • Investment advisors in connection with formation, operations, succession planning, fund creation and management and SEC compliance

Fred is also Managing Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Hemenway Trust Company, a New Hampshire based private fiduciary firm.

Representative Experience

  • Lead counsel for clients in acquisition transactions with values of $10 million to $80 million
  • Lead outside counsel for international healthcare data technology client for all technology strategic partnerships in North America
  • General counsel for investment fund engaged in national and international transactions
  • General counsel to $200 million multigenerational family holding company
  • General counsel to the largest Medicaid HMO in Massachusetts
  • General counsel to leading registered investment advisors in Massachusetts
  • Member of Board of Managers of international investment fund

Activities and Publications

  • Chairman of the Business Law Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association for two terms
  • Chairman of the Boston Bar Association's Committee on Massachusetts Securities Law and a member of its Corporate Law Committee
  • Chairman of the Massachusetts Bar Association Nonprofit Organization Committee
  • Contributing author for Massachusetts Business Lawyering and the editor of Massachusetts Nonprofit Organizations, both published by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education 

Community Involvement

  • Actively engaged in assisting and advising nonprofit organizations
  • Recipient of the Boston Bar Association's Denis Maguire Pro Bono Award
  • Served on many boards of nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts, including The New England Conservatory, the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the South End Community Health Center
  • Former Chairman of the Board of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and The Support Center of Massachusetts

Fred’s comments on the family and the family business

“Too often trustees and professionals lose sight of the family when working with family trusts and family businesses. The focus must remain on your family’s values and what you desire to pass to current and future generations. We help you identify your visions and strategies. We help you include current generations in the right business structures, including trusts or holding companies. And we help you establish family institutions to educate and communicate with the family as a group, including annual meetings and family forums. We offer you a wide range of tools combined with our experience to ensure that your family, as well as your family business, remains strong.”

Frederic J. Marx Partner