I represent closely held businesses and middle market private equity funds and portfolio companies in a range of industries, often who are acquiring, selling, recapitalizing or reorganizing their businesses, bringing both legal and business capabilities to the transactions. When confronting issues in acquisitions, I aim toward developing creative and constructive, multiple-disciplinary solutions and working collaboratively with opposing parties to resolve problems and advance the transactions. Prior to joining Winthrop, I worked as a financial analyst with Intel Corporation and as a mergers and acquisitions specialist at an investment banking firm, focusing on the valuation, sale and financing of middle-market businesses.
My focus is always on accomplishing your objectives while maximizing long term value. This involves first listening to your goals and truly understanding your business, not simply the legal matters. To be effective, we have to appreciate how your business generates revenue, what are your relevant cost drivers, what makes your business unique and what you are looking to accomplish. As we confront problems together, it is important to me that we not only identify risks but develop common sense and often creative solutions to overcome outstanding obstacles. While many lawyers are great at recognizing problems and becoming immersed in the minutiae, if I can bring sound business judgement to help balance protecting my clients with a constructive and cooperative attitude, I would consider the transaction successful.
Most of my clients are closely-held businesses and private equity fund sponsors and their portfolio companies that are looking to innovate, grow and seek successful exits and/or deliver long term value to their equity holders. My clients tend to be engaged in software enabled business services, medical devices, real estate, energy and restaurant/food services.
My clients should expect and receive prompt responses and what I hope is a consistent, heightened degree of professional client service.
Honors & Awards
Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2008-2012, 2015-2017
BTI Client Service All-Stars
Associations & Memberships
Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.
Chairman, M&A Practice Group
Minnesota State Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
American Bar Association
Carlson School of Management
MBA Alumni Ambassador