Mergers and Acquisitions
At Reinhart, we pride ourselves not only on our legal insight in the mergers and acquisitions field, but also on our ability to get the deal done. Our Mergers and Acquisitions attorneys are adept at managing the complex considerations that arise in the process of completing a deal, including regulatory, antitrust, business reorganization, labor and employment, litigation and tax issues.
We leverage the collective experience, contacts and market savvy of our attorneys to locate strategic partners, find and connect prospective purchasers and sellers, arrange necessary financing and negotiate the most favorable terms for our clients. Our middle market mergers and acquisitions practice in southeast Wisconsin is unmatched, and the work of Reinhart attorneys can be seen in the growth of some of the region’s most influential enterprises.
Our team is known for its extensive transactional experience. We work frequently with special committees in connection with various types of transactions, ranging anywhere from several million dollars to several billion dollars in transaction value.
Our Mergers and Acquisitions Practice encompasses a broad spectrum of industries, clients and activities, and we provide counsel on all of the most critical aspects of an M&A transaction:
- Counseling » We determine and develop an optimal corporate structure from a tax, liability mitigation and operational standpoint. We negotiate and structure complex transactions and counsel purchasers and sellers of every size, from small- and middle-market companies to large, publicly held companies.
- Negotiation » Our attorneys leverage their experience and knowledge of the marketplace to help negotiate the best possible deal for our clients. That experience also allows us to see the potential obstacles to a deal getting done, as well as identify the critical parts of the deal that make all the difference.
- Due Diligence » Deals can be made or broken based on the acquirer’s ability to execute on the business plan following the acquisition. We work with clients to examine the post-transaction entity, and how to execute on a new business strategy following the deal’s closing.
- Execution » We understand that deals are judged to be successful or not based on the synergies realized by the acquisition, and the ability of the entity to capitalize on those synergies. We counsel clients on positioning them for success after the deal, always keeping in perspective the client’s end goals.
Our Mergers and Acquisitions group regularly counsels clients on the following types of transactions:
- Asset purchases and sales
- Stock purchases and sales
- Leveraged recapitalizations
- Equity recapitalizations
- Joint ventures and strategic alliances
- Leveraged buy-outs
- Proxy solicitations and control contests
- Tender offers
- Going-private transactions
- Assisting a large U.S. auto parts supplier in forming a joint venture in India with German and Indian partners
- Assisting a large national mutual insurance company and its agents in multiple divestitures of non-core product lines
- Represented a Midwest-based industrial sand company in repositioning its business to mine, process and distribute frac sand to North American energy companies
- Represented a manufacturing company in sale of chemical division to multinational manufacturer headquartered in Germany for approximately $270 million
- Represented and assisted a private Midwest appliance distributor with finding a strategic buyer to purchase the business for $15 million
- Represented a Midwest public bank holding company in the acquisition of another public bank holding company for approximately $290 million
- Represented a private equity group in the acquisition of a commercial laundry business for $15 million
- Represented a private Midwest manufacturer in the sale to a private equity purchaser for more than $2 billion
- Represented a private equity fund in the acquisition by merger of a Midwest commercial printing and stationary manufacturer for $25 million
- Represented a large, private printing and label company in a series of add-on acquisitions ranging from $1 million to $5 million
- Represented a private manufacturer of butter and cream cheese in the formation of an ESOP and the merger of the ESOP with one of the country’s largest manufacturers of butter and cream cheese
- Represented a financial services and payment technology company in connection with a series of add-on acquisitions ranging in price from $100 million to $250 million
- Represented a minority shareholder in litigation related to stock valuation and buyout rights and negotiation of buyout for $2-10 million
- Represented a corporation in the restructuring and spinoff of two ancillary businesses and then the subsequent sale to minority shareholders for $2 million
- Represented a large, public toy company in the acquisitions of several complementary product lines
- Represented a special committee in the reorganization and merger of a large public manufacturing company and controlling public company shareholder to affect the distribution of the manufacturing company shares to shareholders of holding company
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