Michael is passionate about understanding his clients’ businesses and is driven to not only help them meet, but also exceed, their business goals.

Overview

Michael helps companies mitigate risk, resolve disputes and capitalize on opportunities. His breadth of knowledge in business, management/operations, technology, consulting and real estate allows him to meet the needs of businesses in all stages.

Business clients rely on Michael to act as general counsel and help them coordinate M&A strategies, finalize real estate transactions, negotiate many different types of agreements, manage litigation and handle legal issues and disputes related to their businesses. Michael leverages his extensive professional network to connect clients with providers for non-legal matters such as lending, wealth management, international sourcing and complex tax and accounting issues.

Experience

Michael has acted as lead attorney on numerous acquisition and sale transactions, assisting on multiple sale transactions for private (non-publicly traded) companies, assisting with rollups and add-on acquisitions, drafting and negotiating definitive agreements and managing complex transactions to closing.

For established businesses, Michael has drafted, reviewed and negotiated hundreds of types of agreements.

He has performed legal audits to identify areas of risk and the need for policies, disclosures or other company actions. Michael assists business entities with registering as a foreign corporation, registering to do business, assessing whether such registrations were required and analyzing doing-business-as qualifications.

He performs local counsel searches for international business transactions and expansion, and assists with myriad agreements involving parties from other countries, including but not limited to employment agreements, distribution agreements, service and supply agreements, software license agreements, reseller agreements, referral agreements and data protection agreements – to name a few.

He has represented multiple FDA regulated Fortune 500 companies in connection with various matters, including regulatory matters, distribution channels, financial matters and various international transactions.

He has extensive experience in real estate matters representing owners, brokers, agents, leasing agents, developers and investors.

He has comprehensive experience in assisting debtors as well as creditors related to bankruptcy filings, reorganizations and receiverships. He has advised clients through spin-offs and reorganizations and represented them in various types of financial disputes.

He has earned several designations in real estate and business, including the Credential of Readiness Certificate through Harvard Business School.

For startups, Michael has helped with entity formation, renewal and reinstatement. He’s created buy-sell agreements, shareholder agreements and member control agreements. He has helped with capital raising/financing work, dealing with investment bankers and investors.

Michael has advised companies on the viability and legality of business ideas related to data, international data storage, import/export, tax-based businesses, cryptocurrency and currency-exchange businesses. He creates terms of use for many "new idea" company websites, advising on the legality and enforceability of the terms.

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Speaking Engagements

Michael has presented and lectured extensively on negotiation, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy, workouts, entity formation, tax and residency issues, general business/commercial matters, and sales of assets, including distressed asset sales and 363 sales.

Publications

Co-author: "Sale of Assets," Bankruptcy Practice in Minnesota Deskbook, 1st Edition to present, 2010 - 2019

Co-author: "Paying the Price: The Pitfalls of Ineffective Liability Waivers" - 2018

Co-author: "Are You Prepared for the Future of Libor?" - 2018

Co-author: "The OCC is Busy: Regulatory Update" - 2018 

Author – "Funding Sources: Differences Between Venture Capital and Angel Investors" -2018

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Minnesota State Bar Association

Hennepin County Bar Association

Development Committee, University of Minnesota Law School

Corporate Institute at the University of Minnesota Law School, Supervising Attorney

Member of the Turnaround Management Association

Member of the American Bankruptcy Institute

Member of the Association for Corporate Growth

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Education

University of Minnesota Law School, J.D. 

Cornell University Law School - Chinese Business Program, International Business Law/Transactions 

University of Maine School of Law

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