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Philip T. Colton

Shareholder
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Education
University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1984
St. Lawrence University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1981
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Experience
Philip T. Colton is a shareholder with Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., practicing in the areas of corporate finance and securities law, broker-dealer regulation, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate law. He has served as corporate and transactional counsel to a number of successful companies in a number of industries. From 1999 to 2001, Phil served as General Counsel/Senior Vice President to a large, publicly traded regional securities brokerage/clearing firm, with an active software/web-based technology division. Phil’s technical and practical experience provide a depth of expertise in a wide variety of business and financial transactions, including public and private debt and equity financings, SEC/NASD/Blue Sky Regulatory Matters, acquisition transactions, venture capital investments, and the like. Following graduation, Phil clerked for the Honorable Glenn E. Kelley of the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Bar Admissions
Minnesota, 1984
North Dakota, 2011


Articles & Presentations
Speaker. "Alternative Financing Solutions for Real Estate Deals."  2016 Real Estate Capital Markets Conference. 22 April 2016.

Co-Author. "Is a REIT Right for You?" Winthrop & Weinstine and Baker Tilly. 11 November 2015.

Presenter. "Net Lease & 1031 Exchange Summit." Minnesota Real Estate Journal. 2 October 2015.

Presenter. "Is a REIT a good idea? Real estate investment trusts: Formation, structure, and operation." Webcast. 1 July 2015.

Qtd. Petersen, Chris. "All-Natural Ultra Green Packaging's Biodegradable Packaging Offers Foodservice Customers a Sustainable Option." Paper and Packaging International. Summer 2014.

Co-Author. "A True Sea Change for Real Estate Fund Raising: 2012 JOBS Act Creates Abundant Opportunities." Minnesota Real Estate Journal. October 2012.

Presenter. "Community Bank Capital Raising Techniques." St. Thomas Law School; course: A Practicum in Community Banking. Apr. 2011.

Panelist. Directors Roundtable Seminar on Challenges Public Companies Face Under the Dodd-Frank Act. Apr. 2011.

Moderator. "A Panel Discussion of Current In-House Concerns & Issues." Hennepin County Bar Association, Minneapolis. 16 Dec. 2010.

Author. "Getting the Deal Done: Focusing on Key Issues in M&A Transaction Negotiations." M&A Negotiations: Leading Lawyers on Structuring Transactions, Negotiating Agreements, and Addressing Management Concerns. Aspatore, 2010. 43-58.

Moderator. "Financing Your Company for the Long Term." St. Thomas' Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, Minneapolis. The Collaborative. 1 July 2010.

Co-Author. "Raising Capital in a Down Economy Can Be Done." Law360: The Newswire for Business Lawyers. Oct. 2009. Web. <http://www.law360.com>.

Co-Author. "Raising Capital in an Economic Downturn." MinnesotaBusiness May 2009.
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Panelist.  "Financial Institutions: The Road to Continued Compliance and Recent Enforcement Actions."  Hyatt Regency, Minneapolis. 30 April 2009.

Co-presenter. “Corporate Use of Web Sites and Blogs: The SEC's Recent Guidance.” Web Cast. 9 Oct. 2008.

Speaker. IMN's Fourth Annual NYC Private and Non-Traded REIT Industry Symposium. May-June 2007.

Speaker. Bowne & Co. 2007 SEC Legal & Accounting Issues Update Conference. May 2007.

Speaker. "Key Issues in SEC Disclosure and Enforcement." The Directors Roundtable Conference. The University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis. Feb. 2007.

Speaker. Bowne & Co. 2005 SEC Legal & Accounting Issues Update Conference. May 2005.

Author. “What's A Director Or Audit Committee Member To Do?”

Author. “It's Time to Update Your Confidentiality Agreement.” Business Week Oct. 2003.

Author. “A Corporate Director's Right to Counsel at Board Meetings: When is the Door Closed to Counsel.” The Hennepin Lawyer July/August 2002.
 
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America©
    • Securities/Capital Markets Law, 2016-2017
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 1999, 2000, 2006-2017
  • Ranked as “AV Preeminent” in LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review ratings
  • Rising Stars, Minnesota Law & Politics, 1999
  • Member and Editor, Minnesota Law Review

Community

Professional Associations & Memberships
  • Hennepin County Bar Association 
    • Co-chair, Corporate Counsel Section, 2010-2011, 2011-2012
  • President of the Hennepin County Securities Law Section, 1998 & 1999
 
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