Merrick Hatcher joined the Board of Directors of Digital Check in 2017, and became our EVP of Corporate Development and General Counsel in 2018. At Digital Check, Mr. Hatcher is responsible for overseeing our legal matters and leading various corporate development and strategic initiatives.

Before joining Digital Check, Mr. Hatcher was a Partner at the international law firm of K&L Gates LLP (previously Bell, Boyd & Lloyd) where, for over 20 years, he represented a broad range of corporate clients in various corporate, transactional, and securities law matters. His many areas of expertise include representing strategic buyers and private equity funds in connection with mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, turnarounds, and exits; reviewing private equity, venture capital, and hedge fund investment documents on behalf of limited partners; advising public and private companies on corporate, commercial, strategic, and governance matters; advising early-stage and growth companies in connection with venture funding, debt financing, add-on acquisitions, transactions with stockholders, and stock incentive arrangements; advising entrepreneurs, start-ups, and angel investors in connection with various capital investments; and representing public companies in connection with securities offerings and compliance, including IPOs.

Mr. Hatcher earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan, his Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School, and his MBA from the University of Michigan Business School.