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Corporate/M&A — Michigan


Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP - Corporate/M&A

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What the team is known for Standout bench of corporate attorneys handling high-value sales and acquisitions for a range of prominent domestic companies. Regularly negotiates public offerings and bond deals, with particularly significant experience acting for clients in the automotive, banking and construction industries. Also well placed to advise on securities issuances and matters of corporate governance.

Strengths Sources describe Honigman as "the most active firm in the Michigan M&A market," and acknowledge its regular handling of large transactions on behalf of major institutional clients.

Work highlights Represented New World Systems Corporation during its $670 million acquisition by management solutions provider Tyler Technologies.

Advised biopharmaceutical company Gemphire Therapeutics in connection with its $30 million IPO.

Significant clients Quicken Loans, Agree Realty Corporation, Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust, Conifer Holdings, Diplomat Pharmacy.

Notable practitioners

Donald Kunz leads the firm's corporate team and has considerable experience regarding transactional, operational and planning issues. He regularly advises on securities issuances, acquisitions and matters of corporate governance. Sources describe him as "a fabulous lawyer" who is "very experienced" in this field.

Tracy Larsen recently joined the team from Barnes & Thornburg. He is widely regarded as a leading practitioner in the Michigan market, with more than 30 years' experience advising on high-profile M&A transactions. Clients describe him as "an absolute rock star" who is not only "incredibly smart" but also "very creative." Sources suggest that "his level of expertise separates him dramatically from most other attorneys" and praise him for his approachable, client-friendly manner.

David Parsigian heads the firm's venture capital practice and has wide-ranging expertise in matters of corporate, financial and securities law. Sources highlight his strong track record in representing technology investors in acquisitions, IPOs and joint ventures. Commentators also describe him as a "very practical lawyer" who is "knowledgeable" and "represents clients well."

Michael DuBay advises on a range of acquisitions and dispositions as well as matters of corporate governance. He co-heads the firm's private equity practice and is described by sources as "a fabulous lawyer" with a "terrific" reputation in the market.

Barbara Kaye frequently assists both public and private sector clients on acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures. She is also an expert in the areas of syndicated financing and debt restructuring. Interviewees attest that she is "very detail-oriented."

Samuel Stahl has considerable experience advising private equity houses and investors on a broad range of matters, including acquisitions, mergers and divestitures. Market commentators regard him as a "very strong practitioner with a very strong reputation" in private equity transactions.

Phillip Torrence heads the firm's financial institutions practice as well as its securities and corporate governance group. He frequently represents clients from the financial services and life sciences sectors in a range of transactions. One source describes him as "very savvy and impressive," and notes that he "knows how to do a deal well." In addition, Torrence also acts as managing partner of the firm's Kalamazoo office.

Chair and CEO of the firm David Foltyn is held in high regard for his longstanding reputation in the market. He is well placed to represent clients in mergers, acquisitions, public offerings and a wide range of financial transactions. Sources describe him as "a very talented lawyer" who has "built a great practice."

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Bodman PLC - Corporate/M&A

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What the team is known for Distinguished business law team handling sophisticated commercial transactions on a national and international scale. Particularly adept at representing clients in the automotive and healthcare industries, as well as emerging technology companies.

Strengths Clients frequently praise the firm for its quality of advice, responsiveness and efficiency. One source explains: "They know our business and are very responsive to our needs."

Others highlight the strength of the team's breadth of experience. A source says: "No matter the issue, Bodman is always able to provide someone who has an incredible amount of experience." One client goes on to describe Bodman as "a strong, impressive firm that possesses some of the best attorneys in the area."

Value for money Several sources praise the firm's "cost-effectiveness" and "good value," with one client describing the rates as "very competitive."

Work highlights Advised NWP Services Corporation regarding its merger with a subsidiary of RealPage, valued at approximately $70 million.

Acted for pest control distributor Residex in connection with the sale of the company to Rentokil North America for $30 million.

Significant clients Lear Corporation, Freudenberg-NOK General Partnership, Metaldyne Performance Group, Key Plastics, Sparton Corporation.

Notable practitioners

Timothy Damschroder is widely hailed as "a fine attorney with a lot of business savvy." He advises on a range of private equity, venture capital and general M&A transactions. He recently represented NoQ in its acquisition of an Australian e-commerce company. Clients identify his possession of "strong legal discipline coupled with incredible business acumen" as a key strength.

Laurence Deitch is regarded by market commentators as a creative thinker and "a very strong practitioner." He is well placed to assist clients on matters of corporate governance, M&A and joint ventures. Clients describe him as "practical, insightful and efficient."

Carrie Leahy is a highly experienced adviser, with a particular focus on assisting established and emerging businesses with mergers, acquisitions and matters involving venture capital funding. She recently led the team advising Finland's Tammermatic Group on the sale of Michigan-based InterClean Equipment. Clients praise her ability to provide "intelligent solutions" and a "speedy turnaround."

Mark Peters has extensive experience in advising public and private corporations on mergers and acquisitions. He frequently represents clients from the automotive, insurance and life sciences industries. Clients regard him as "very responsive - and just really, really smart."

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Dickinson Wright PLLC - Corporate/M&A

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What the team is known for Highly impressive and well-resourced team, routinely assisting private equity clients in the negotiation and structuring of important commercial deals, with a focus on asset and stock purchases, divestitures and buyouts. Skilled in licensing, regulatory compliance and complex shareholder issues. Represents clients from a range of sectors, including major real estate developers and restaurant owners.

Strengths Sources are quick to praise the firm's in-depth understanding of the local market. One source states: "They have a good pulse on the market, they're very creative in how they think about things and they help us to maximize our returns."

A client describes Dickinson Wright as "one of the strongest regional law firms I am aware of," going on to praise its "global and full-service capabilities." Another impressed interviewee describes it as "a world-class firm."

Value for money Sources view the firm's billing rates as "extremely reasonable given the size of firm and the resources they have."

Work highlights Advised Peninsula Capital Partners in connection with the closure of its sixth investment partnership, involving more than $400 million in committed capital.

Assisted Eucetrix with its $2.5 million acquisition of the assets of Molycorp Metals & Alloys, completed in line with Molycorp's bankruptcy plan.

Significant clients Roth Capital Partners, Irvin Acquisition, Alidade Capital.

Notable practitioners

Richard Bolton regularly advises private equity funds on buyout and disposal transactions. Interviewees also recognize his strong reputation for venture capital matters. Clients describe him as "a very strong negotiator" who often provides "favorable outcomes for his client, with an operating style that wins over both the client company team and those on the other side of the table."

Mark High has "a huge amount of experience in corporate and general commercial law." He frequently acts as counsel to clients from the retail, real estate and automotive industries, who are happy to report that "he always gives very practical advice" and "never misses deadlines." High recently led the team advising the Doncasters Group on a $6 million strategic acquisition.

Michael Raymond is singled out by sources for his expertise in securities matters. Interviewees describe him as "a smart guy and a good lawyer." His recent highlights include representing Shalewater Solutions in a $15 million divestment to a private equity fund. He also advises on SEC regulatory compliance and M&A transactions.

Department profile by Dickinson Wright PLLC

Our Michigan Corporate practice is distinguished by the following:

Our corporate lawyers have expertise in negotiating, drafting and advising on all types of transactional matters and licensing arrangements; helping corporations maintain compliance with banking, consumer and insurance regulation; providing legal counsel on matters relating to shareholder rights and agreements, governance and boards of directors; advising on business operations, employment issues, and tax matters; and assisting with internal controls and investigations, disclosure, recordkeeping, and conflicts of interest issues.

Our M&A lawyers have expertise in structuring and executing asset and stock acquisitions, mergers, divestitures, divisional spinoffs, recapitalizations, reorganizations and management and leveraged buyouts; and handling antitrust and similar regulatory/license issues, pre-acquisition due diligence, federal securities law, corporate succession planning and a multitude of other M&A-related legal considerations.

A major part of our corporate practice is concerned with assisting our private equity clients to meet their objectives. Our team's extensive experience enables us to proactively manage all aspects of acquisition and divestiture transactions and each tier of the capital structure in harmony with the client's financial and business goals. This includes handling structuring and organizing fund sponsors and their investment funds, including mezzanine and "turn-around" funds.

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Dykema Gossett PLLC - Corporate/M&A

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What the team is known for Provides sophisticated counsel on a wide range of corporate and financing matters, including commercial loan structuring, business governance and securities issuances. Attracts a diverse client base, encompassing lenders, banks, investors and high-profile businesses. Well placed to assist clients from the automotive sector.

Strengths Clients are impressed by the firm's nationwide reach. One source says: "The team at Dykema is very knowledgeable. It has the depth and reach to work on projects for us nationwide."

Sources also praise the high-quality service. "The service is top-notch, delivered on time and very thorough," says a source.

Work highlights Advised Perceptron on standstill and voting agreements with its major shareholders Harbert Discovery Fund and Moab Partners.

Represented Cooper-Standard Automotive in its acquisition of AMI Industries' fuel and brake business.

Significant clients CF Stinson, Ford, Great Expressions Dental Centers, Aichelin Holding.

Notable practitioners

Jin-Kyu Koh receives high praise from interviewees, who regard him as "a fabulous lawyer with a really nice personality." Commentators highlight his practical attitude and regard him as someone who "knows what's important" when it comes to closing a deal. He recently co-led the team advising Auto-Owners Insurance Company on its acquisition of Strickland Insurance Group.

Michael Bernard is well placed to advise clients on capital raising transactions, M&A and private equity financings. Sources describe him as "a very good lawyer." In highlights, he advised private equity house Soaring Pine Capital regarding its acquisition of Chicago-based Technology Solutions, Inc.

The "excellent" Thomas Vaughn is singled out by clients for his "extremely thorough, personable and responsive" approach. He regularly advises on M&A, public securities offerings and securities compliance. Vaughn also has a strong focus on assisting clients from the automotive sector.

Department profile by Dykema Gossett PLLC

Dykema's corporate finance attorneys provide general business advice and corporate legal services to both domestic and foreign entities that are privately and publicly owned. They counsel clients in the full range of corporate finance matters, including:

  • Mergers and Acquisitions—Dykema represents companies in domestic and cross-border transactions involving a broad spectrum of deal structures, including mergers, asset purchases, joint ventures, tender offers, proxy contests and divisional sales, using an integrated cross-disciplinary approach supported by attorneys in other practice groups who specialize in M&A transactions.
  • Securities—Dykema represents more than 20 publicly held companies in SEC and SRO compliance and practice matters, as well as issuers, underwriters, selling agents and investors in significant public and private securities issuance transactions of all types, including equity, debt, trust preferred, Rule 144A, and strategic investment transactions, tender offers, recapitalizations and reorganizations, exchange offers and going private transactions.
  • Private Equity and Venture Capital—Dykema represents both companies seeking financing and financing sources, in all facets of capital raising, including seed and angel, mezzanine, venture capital and other equity financings, as well as leveraged acquisitions and recapitalizations.

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Foley & Lardner LLP - Corporate/M&A

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What the team is known for Well equipped to advise on a range of business law matters, including sophisticated transactions for public and private businesses and financial institutions. Houses experienced attorneys who are regularly mandated on complex cross-border deals across a range of industries. Areas of particular focus include retail, transportation, healthcare and manufacturing.

Strengths Sources highlight the team's strong reputation for assisting clients from the automotive industry.

Work highlights Advised global automotive supplier Wolverine Advanced Materials on its $300 million sale to a competitor.

Advised private equity house Wynnchurch Capital regarding its sale of US Pipe, a producer of iron pipe products, to Forterra Building Products.

Significant clients Prestolite Electric, Teijin Limited, Detroit PAL, Tower Automotive.

Notable practitioners

Steven Hilfinger has many years' experience advising private and public companies, private equity funds and clients from the automotive and manufacturing industries on a wide range of corporate matters. He recently co-led the team advising Peninsula Capital Partners in connection with its acquisitions of Impact Unlimited and On Location. Sources describe him as "a really good lawyer."

Sources describe Daljit Doogal as both "a very strong practitioner" and "a nice guy." He frequently advises clients from the manufacturing industry on cross-border transactions between the USA and India. Other highlights include acting for Amcor Rigid Plastics USA on numerous recent acquisitions, including those of the ECC-Group and Broadway Companies. Doogal also acts as managing partner of the firm's Detroit office.

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Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C. - Corporate/M&A

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What the team is known for Widely acknowledged corporate outfit, utilizing resources across its international offices in Asia, Europe and Canada to advise on significant domestic and cross-border transactions. Particularly adept at advising on inbound and outbound investments between the USA and China. Noted for its diverse list of life sciences, food and beverage and financial services clients.

Strengths Clients describe the firm as having a "strong midmarket practice" with the "ability to support clients globally."

Work highlights Advised Beacon Specialized Living Services on its corporate restructuring, including its receipt of a $20 million investment by the Pharos Capital Group.

Represented Swiss technology company Huber+Suhner in its acquisition of an international telecommunications manufacturing company.

Significant clients Certent, Indratech, Titan International, Futuris Automotive, FEV North America.

Notable practitioners

Jeffrey LaBine advises clients on complex M&A transactions, often with cross-border elements. Clients appreciate his "very pragmatic approach to transactional involvement" and "deep technical expertise." LaBine was part of the team advising Zhejiang Wangfeng Technology Development on the corporate aspects of its acquisition of a US manufacturing company.

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Warner Norcross & Judd LLP - Corporate/M&A

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What the team is known for Acts for a number of significant regional and national corporations in complex commercial transactions, including sales, purchases and divestitures. Experienced in representing a wide range of clients, with recent mandates for energy, chemical and pharmaceutical companies.

Strengths Several clients praise the firm's expertise in M&A transactions, with one source suggesting that it "does an excellent job for us in the mergers and acquisitions area."

Others highlight its "very responsive" service and "impressive client list."

Work highlights Advised label company CCL Industries on its $443 million acquisition of Checkpoint Systems, achieved via a reverse triangular merger.

Represented Consumers Energy Company regarding its $155 million acquisition of a 564 MW gas-fired power plant from an affiliate of JPMorgan Chase.

Significant clients Stryker Corporation, Perrigo Company, EJ Group, Haworth, Dow Chemical.

Notable practitioners

Stephen Waterbury serves as a member of the firm's management committee and is widely regarded as a "very good lawyer." He has over 35 years' experience advising on transactions across a range of sectors, including the manufacturing and automotive industries.

Up-and-comer Michael Jones is described by clients as "quick, pragmatic and no-nonsense." Jones cochairs the firm's M&A practice group and frequently advises clients on complex M&A transactions.

Department profile by Warner Norcross & Judd LLP

The Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) team at Warner Norcross & Judd has vast transactional experience.

We handle a wide range of valuation transactions for both private and publicly traded businesses, and represent sellers, buyers, investors, private equity firms, independent director committees, management groups and other participants in M&A transactions across the nation.

Our team uses creative, state-of-the-art strategies, tactics and technologies which enable us to respond quickly, efficiently and wherever our clients need us to be. Careful coordination within our team helps promote efficiency and responsiveness so we can assist clients in all aspects of a transaction in a prompt and cost-effective manner, regardless of how complex the issue might be. Our devotion to teamwork extends beyond our firm, that we work closely with inside counsel, co-counsel or local counsel when appropriate.

From due diligence to closing documents, Warner Norcross has the depth and breadth of knowledge and experience to handle every stage in a merger or acquisition. Our particular areas of focus include financing, securities law, corporate, executive and shareholder tax consequences, antitrust law, government compliance, shareholder lawsuit defense and proxy battles.


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Butzel Long - Corporate/M&A

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What the team is known for Broad practice with a solid reputation for its capabilities in domestic and international corporate transactions and a strong track record for representing international clients. Advises a range of stakeholders, including public and private entities, within the automotive, aviation and manufacturing industries.

Strengths Several clients praise the firm's expertise in international matters, stating that "one of their greatest strengths is their international experience." Another client explains that the team "has given us a network of contacts and insight into international transactions that is extremely valuable."

Others categorize the service as "very dynamic" and observe that the team are "quick to understand complex problems and to propose solutions." Clients also describe the firm as "practical and effective."

Value for money Clients are impressed by the firm's reasonable billing rates. One source explains: "Their hourly rates are very competitive," going on to add: "I get very good value for money."

Work highlights Advised Kansai Paint on its acquisition of a 51% stake in US Paint for $50 million.

Represented venture capital firm Vattikuti Ventures in its acquisition of the preferred shares of product development company ForecastEra.

Significant clients Veta Health, Stroh Companies, Integrity Aerospace Group, AKKA Group.

Notable practitioners

The "excellent" Arthur Dudley is described by sources as "a very capable and competent attorney." Clients highlight his "incredible ability to deal with multiple issues across multiple jurisdictions without getting lost in the details." Dudley is particularly adept at representing emerging growth companies.

Justin Klimko is regarded by clients as "a very experienced and efficient M&A counsel" who is "knowledgeable of the commercial elements of a transaction" and takes "a pragmatic and non-legalistic view of matters." He was part of the team that represented Sandlot Solutions regarding a $5 million investment by UST Global and its affiliates.

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Clark Hill PLC - Corporate/M&A

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What the team is known for Popular choice for business clients seeking advice on a range of corporate matters, including M&A and private equity deals. Highly sought after by banks and financial services professionals, as well as financially distressed businesses. Frequently assists European companies with regard to US business operations.

Strengths Clients are highly impressed with the breadth of the firm's expertise, noting that it has a "very deep bench of law professionals with extensive experience in many specialties."

Others describe the service as "outstanding," observing that it is "extremely efficient, knowledgeable and professional."

Notable practitioners

Clients describe Daniel Minkus as "an exceptional attorney" who is "bright, quick and pragmatic." He has considerable experience advising both buyers and sellers in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and consolidations. Market commentators view him as "top-notch" and "absolutely one of the best."

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Miller Johnson - Corporate/M&A

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What the team is known for Consistently involved in a broad spectrum of corporate issues, including high-value business and stock sales, joint venture deals and bankruptcy-related matters. Noted for its experience in acting for private and publicly held businesses. Also well placed to advise private equity firms and individual investors.

Strengths Clients describe the practice as "excellent" and "top-notch," praising the personal attention they receive from its attorneys.

Others are impressed by the strength of the team, describing it as a group of "very capable attorneys" who take a "practical approach to complex legal matters."

Work highlights Represented J. Rettenmaier USA in its $37.5 million acquisition of SunOpta’s fiber business.

Significant clients Gordon Food Service, Stryker Corporation, Gill Industries, Altus Capital Partners, North Star Capital.

Notable practitioners

Jeffrey Ammon is regarded as a strong corporate lawyer by market sources. He has over 35 years' experience advising businesses on matters of finance, real estate and construction and has previously served as president of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.

Rising star Dustin Daniels is described by clients as "a talented and hard-working attorney." He cochairs the mergers and acquisitions practice and frequently advises on M&A transactions, joint ventures and commercial contracting. Sources state he is "highly responsive" and "able to focus on the issues that matter and propose creative solutions."

Erik Daly is singled out by clients for his "sharp intellect, outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to work well with counsel on the other side." He regularly advises clients on M&A transactions, restructurings and joint ventures and recently acted as an adviser to HomeServices of America in connection with a number of significant acquisitions in the real estate sector. Sources describe him as "a gentleman and a team player." He recently joined the firm from Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

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Varnum LLP - Corporate/M&A

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What the team is known for Broad offering with experience advising on M&A transactions, securities, venture capital financing and a range of general corporate matters. Also possesses complementary expertise in antitrust, tax and immigration.

Strengths Clients are struck by the firm's strong position in the Grand Rapids market. A source says: "Varnum is very well connected in the community, and in terms of getting us connected with folks and sharing different perspectives, they've been great."

Others are quick to praise the firm's response rates. "They've always been extremely responsive, I never feel like I have to wait around for them," comments an interviewee.

Work highlights Acted for holding company Universal Forest Products on its acquisition of idX Holdings for $68 million.

Represented Dickinson Press in connection with its acquisition by private equity firm Blackford Capital for $4 million.

Significant clients American Seating, Kellogg, John E. Green Company, Southwest Michigan First, B&B Trucking.

Notable practitioners Kaplin Jones heads the practice and is a key client contact.

Department profile by Varnum LLP

Pick up any newspaper today and you'll see headlines about corporate mergers. What you won't read about, though, are the behind-the-scenes legal activities. The mergers and acquisitions team at Varnum has a wealth of experience in dealing with complex matters like these - acquisitions and dispositions of business interests, taxable and tax-free transactions, mergers, consolidations, tenders, share exchanges, stock and asset purchases, joint ventures, leveraged buyouts, acquisitive reorganizations, ESOP acquisitions and sale and redemption combinations.

Typically, a Varnum mergers and acquisitions lawyer leads a cross-disciplinary team of attorneys from other relevant practice groups. This gives us the ability to handle issues beyond law - matters like labor and employee relations, , environmental and other regulatory concerns, real estate and . We can also bring in lawyers from specific industry groups, such as health care, or banking.

By custom-building a team to fit your situation, we can structure and negotiate highly complex transactions with results you'll like. In short, Varnum offers all the legal services you need to accomplish a successful corporate merger, acquisition or related transaction. We provide a comprehensive solution.

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Eminent Practitioner

Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP

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Chair and CEO of the firm David Foltyn is held in high regard for his longstanding reputation in the market. He is well placed to represent clients in mergers, acquisitions, public offerings and a wide range of financial transactions. Sources describe him as "a very talented lawyer" who has "built a great practice."

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Eminent Practitioner

Butzel Long

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Justin Klimko is regarded by clients as "a very experienced and efficient M&A counsel" who is "knowledgeable of the commercial elements of a transaction" and takes "a pragmatic and non-legalistic view of matters." He was part of the team that represented Sandlot Solutions regarding a $5 million investment by UST Global and its affiliates.

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Eminent Practitioner

Stephen C Waterbury

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP

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Stephen Waterbury serves as a member of the firm's management committee and is widely regarded as a "very good lawyer." He has over 35 years' experience advising on transactions across a range of sectors, including the manufacturing and automotive industries.

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Timothy R Damschroder

Bodman PLC

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Timothy Damschroder is widely hailed as "a fine attorney with a lot of business savvy." He advises on a range of private equity, venture capital and general M&A transactions. He recently represented NoQ in its acquisition of an Australian e-commerce company. Clients identify his possession of "strong legal discipline coupled with incredible business acumen" as a key strength.

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Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP

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Donald Kunz leads the firm's corporate team and has considerable experience regarding transactional, operational and planning issues. He regularly advises on securities issuances, acquisitions and matters of corporate governance. Sources describe him as "a fabulous lawyer" who is "very experienced" in this field.

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Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP

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Tracy Larsen recently joined the team from Barnes & Thornburg. He is widely regarded as a leading practitioner in the Michigan market, with more than 30 years' experience advising on high-profile M&A transactions. Clients describe him as "an absolute rock star" who is not only "incredibly smart" but also "very creative." Sources suggest that "his level of expertise separates him dramatically from most other attorneys" and praise him for his approachable, client-friendly manner.

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Clark Hill PLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients describe Daniel Minkus as "an exceptional attorney" who is "bright, quick and pragmatic." He has considerable experience advising both buyers and sellers in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and consolidations. Market commentators view him as "top-notch" and "absolutely one of the best."

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J Michael Bernard

Dykema Gossett PLLC

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Michael Bernard is well placed to advise clients on capital raising transactions, M&A and private equity financings. Sources describe him as "a very good lawyer." In highlights, he advised private equity house Soaring Pine Capital regarding its acquisition of Chicago-based Technology Solutions, Inc.

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Dykema Gossett PLLC

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Jin-Kyu Koh receives high praise from interviewees, who regard him as "a fabulous lawyer with a really nice personality." Commentators highlight his practical attitude and regard him as someone who "knows what's important" when it comes to closing a deal. He recently co-led the team advising Auto-Owners Insurance Company on its acquisition of Strickland Insurance Group.

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David N Parsigian

Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP

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David Parsigian heads the firm's venture capital practice and has wide-ranging expertise in matters of corporate, financial and securities law. Sources highlight his strong track record in representing technology investors in acquisitions, IPOs and joint ventures. Commentators also describe him as a "very practical lawyer" who is "knowledgeable" and "represents clients well."

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Miller Johnson

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Jeffrey Ammon is regarded as a strong corporate lawyer by market sources. He has over 35 years' experience advising businesses on matters of finance, real estate and construction and has previously served as president of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.

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Dickinson Wright PLLC

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Richard Bolton regularly advises private equity funds on buyout and disposal transactions. Interviewees also recognize his strong reputation for venture capital matters. Clients describe him as "a very strong negotiator" who often provides "favorable outcomes for his client, with an operating style that wins over both the client company team and those on the other side of the table."

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Kerr, Russell & Weber, PLC

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James Cambridge of Kerr, Russell & Weber, PLC co-heads the firm's business and corporate law practice and has over 30 years of experience advising clients from the manufacturing, real estate and technology industries. Sources describe him as a "very smart guy" and regard him as "the father of limited liability legislation," thanks to his former role as chair of Michigan's Legislative Drafting Committee.

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Laurence B Deitch

Bodman PLC

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Laurence Deitch is regarded by market commentators as a creative thinker and "a very strong practitioner." He is well placed to assist clients on matters of corporate governance, M&A and joint ventures. Clients describe him as "practical, insightful and efficient."

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Foley & Lardner LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources describe Daljit Doogal as both "a very strong practitioner" and "a nice guy." He frequently advises clients from the manufacturing industry on cross-border transactions between the USA and India. Other highlights include acting for Amcor Rigid Plastics USA on numerous recent acquisitions, including those of the ECC-Group and Broadway Companies. Doogal also acts as managing partner of the firm's Detroit office.

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Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael DuBay advises on a range of acquisitions and dispositions as well as matters of corporate governance. He co-heads the firm's private equity practice and is described by sources as "a fabulous lawyer" with a "terrific" reputation in the market.

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Butzel Long

From the Chambers USA guide

The "excellent" Arthur Dudley is described by sources as "a very capable and competent attorney." Clients highlight his "incredible ability to deal with multiple issues across multiple jurisdictions without getting lost in the details." Dudley is particularly adept at representing emerging growth companies.

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Dickinson Wright PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark High has "a huge amount of experience in corporate and general commercial law." He frequently acts as counsel to clients from the retail, real estate and automotive industries, who are happy to report that "he always gives very practical advice" and "never misses deadlines." High recently led the team advising the Doncasters Group on a $6 million strategic acquisition.

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Steven H Hilfinger

Foley & Lardner LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Hilfinger has many years' experience advising private and public companies, private equity funds and clients from the automotive and manufacturing industries on a wide range of corporate matters. He recently co-led the team advising Peninsula Capital Partners in connection with its acquisitions of Impact Unlimited and On Location. Sources describe him as "a really good lawyer."

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Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Barbara Kaye frequently assists both public and private sector clients on acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures. She is also an expert in the areas of syndicated financing and debt restructuring. Interviewees attest that she is "very detail-oriented."

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Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey LaBine advises clients on complex M&A transactions, often with cross-border elements. Clients appreciate his "very pragmatic approach to transactional involvement" and "deep technical expertise." LaBine was part of the team advising Zhejiang Wangfeng Technology Development on the corporate aspects of its acquisition of a US manufacturing company.

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Bodman PLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Carrie Leahy is a highly experienced adviser, with a particular focus on assisting established and emerging businesses with mergers, acquisitions and matters involving venture capital funding. She recently led the team advising Finland's Tammermatic Group on the sale of Michigan-based InterClean Equipment. Clients praise her ability to provide "intelligent solutions" and a "speedy turnaround."

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Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Timothy Melton of Jones Day is a "well regarded" practitioner who frequently advises clients from the financial services industry on complex commercial transactions and governance matters. He is also well placed to assist on financings and securities issuances. Melton splits his time between Detroit and Chicago and is the Detroit office's partner-in-charge.

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Bodman PLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Peters has extensive experience in advising public and private corporations on mergers and acquisitions. He frequently represents clients from the automotive, insurance and life sciences industries. Clients regard him as "very responsive - and just really, really smart."

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Dickinson Wright PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Raymond is singled out by sources for his expertise in securities matters. Interviewees describe him as "a smart guy and a good lawyer." His recent highlights include representing Shalewater Solutions in a $15 million divestment to a private equity fund. He also advises on SEC regulatory compliance and M&A transactions.

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Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Samuel Stahl has considerable experience advising private equity houses and investors on a broad range of matters, including acquisitions, mergers and divestitures. Market commentators regard him as a "very strong practitioner with a very strong reputation" in private equity transactions.

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Phillip D Torrence

Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Phillip Torrence heads the firm's financial institutions practice as well as its securities and corporate governance group. He frequently represents clients from the financial services and life sciences sectors in a range of transactions. One source describes him as "very savvy and impressive," and notes that he "knows how to do a deal well." In addition, Torrence also acts as managing partner of the firm's Kalamazoo office.

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Dykema Gossett PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

The "excellent" Thomas Vaughn is singled out by clients for his "extremely thorough, personable and responsive" approach. He regularly advises on M&A, public securities offerings and securities compliance. Vaughn also has a strong focus on assisting clients from the automotive sector.

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Miller Johnson

From the Chambers USA guide

Erik Daly is singled out by clients for his "sharp intellect, outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to work well with counsel on the other side." He regularly advises clients on M&A transactions, restructurings and joint ventures and recently acted as an adviser to HomeServices of America in connection with a number of significant acquisitions in the real estate sector. Sources describe him as "a gentleman and a team player." He recently joined the firm from Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

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Miller Johnson

From the Chambers USA guide

Rising star Dustin Daniels is described by clients as "a talented and hard-working attorney." He cochairs the mergers and acquisitions practice and frequently advises on M&A transactions, joint ventures and commercial contracting. Sources state he is "highly responsive" and "able to focus on the issues that matter and propose creative solutions."

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Warner Norcross & Judd LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Up-and-comer Michael Jones is described by clients as "quick, pragmatic and no-nonsense." Jones cochairs the firm's M&A practice group and frequently advises clients on complex M&A transactions.

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