Transactions

Overview

Michael Best represents clients in all types of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, joint ventures, and other partnerships, as well as different types of finance and lending, and derivatives. Our Transactions team has deep experience with significant transactions, covering every angle from corporate governance and taxation to intellectual property licensing or environmental due diligence.

Service Areas

Mergers & Acquisitions

We structure, negotiate, and close transactions for a diverse array of clients, representing buyers and sellers, as well as management teams, minority owners, and final participants. We focus on middle-market transactions. In addition to traditional merger consolidations and asset and stock purchase transactions, we advise on recapitalizations, leveraged buyouts, spin-offs, reorganizations, and other complex restructurings. For information on our M&A experience related to public companies, please visit our Securities and Capital Markets webpage.

Joint Ventures

Our lawyers assist clients with domestic and international joint ventures in jurisdictions around the world. We have experience with an array of limited liability companies and partnerships, cooperatives, non-stock corporations, synthetic joint ventures created by contractual relationships, and other special-purpose entities. We advise businesses on major negotiating points, including formation issues, financial obligations, capital requirements, cash distribution provisions, governance, and transfer restrictions. In addition, we help our clients successfully wind up all of these kinds of entities.

Commercial Finance & Lending

When organizations enter into relationships with lenders and other business partners, the terms of those agreements are critical and often complex. Michael Best provides guidance for mutually beneficial relationships across the entire spectrum of finance options.

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Derivatives

We advise dealers and end users on a full range of derivative products throughout the entire derivatives lifecycle, from the structuring and documenting of transactions to enforcement.

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Creditors Rights, Bankruptcy, Reorganization, & Workouts

We have extensive experience offering counsel in situations of financial distress and potential default, representing distressed businesses as well as creditors.

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Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs)

Our Transactional team handles the formation of, transaction related needs, and disposition of Employee Stock Ownership Plans. Our Employee Benefits Group also specializes in ESOP design, implementation, and operation. For more information on these services, please visit the Employee Benefits group webpage.

Primary Contacts

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