Kevin recognizes the importance of listening to his clients to ensure that he understands his client’s business, needs and objectives before collaborating to develop customized legal strategies that employ appropriate resources to successfully satisfy client expectations. Kevin is familiar with the specific challenges associated with multi-generational business succession planning, and he enjoys working closely with business owners as they navigate the process of ownership succession. A major focus of Kevin’s practice for more than 25 years has been advising international clients regarding inbound investments and their ownership, operation, acquisition and sale of businesses within the United States.
Kevin J. Howley advises closely held and public companies on business law matters including mergers and acquisitions, early stage and growth financing, product licensing and distribution, business strategy, legal risk management, corporate governance, and succession planning. He serves clients in diverse industries including manufacturing, financial software and technology, material handling and logistics, food ingredients, outdoor recreation, paper processing and converting as well as staffing and outsourcing services.
Kevin is active in Reinhart’s Corporate Law and International practices, a member of the firm’s multidisciplinary Product Distribution and Franchise Law team, and is a former member of Reinhart’s Board of Directors.
J.D., magna cum laude, University of Illinois College of Law
B.A., magna cum laude, Loras College
- Successful completion of numerous acquisitions ranging in value from $50 million to $250 million for a financial services technology company in support of its strategic growth plan and contributing to the addition of $1 billion of revenue.
- Assisting European manufacturers in expanding both their manufacturing base and their distribution networks in the United States through acquisitions and the subsequent strategic realignment of distribution channels to maximize business synergy while minimizing litigation risk in transition. Transaction values ranging from $5 million to $200 million.
- Sale of privately held Midwestern heavy equipment dealer. Transaction value: $385 million.
- Carve-out sale of health care technology payments business to private equity buyer on behalf of publicly traded financial services technology client. Transaction value: $335 million.
- Carve-out purchase of terminal logistics software and technology business on behalf of publicly traded logistics company. Transaction value: $192 million.
- Sale of Texas-based defense contractor on behalf of European parent company.
- Advising foreign and domestic clients on how to simplify complex corporate structures to streamline operations, insulate assets from historical or unrelated risks and maximize tax efficiency.
- Honors & Affiliations
- Best Lawyers in America (Corporate Law; International Trade and Finance Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law)
- Selected for inclusion in Wisconsin Super Lawyers
- Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated
- State Bar of Wisconsin (Chairperson of the Business Law Section 2008-2010)
- American Bar Association (Mergers & Acquisitions Section)
39 Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. (Reinhart) attorneys are recognized as Wisconsin “Super Lawyers” and 17 are recognized as “Super Lawyers – Rising Stars.”
98 Reinhart attorneys have been named 2017 “Best Lawyers in America” and nine are “Lawyers of the Year.”
47 Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. attorneys are recognized as 2014 Wisconsin Super Lawyers and 20 are recognized as Super Lawyers – Rising Stars.
Best Lawyers in America 2015 Includes 89 Reinhart Attorneys; Six are “Lawyers of the Year”
64 Reinhart Attorneys Recognized by Wisconsin Super Lawyers
Best Lawyers in America 2014 Includes 85 Reinhart Attorneys; Seven are “Lawyers of the Year”
Best Lawyers in America 2013 Includes 83 Reinhart Attorneys; Four Are “Lawyers of the Year”
54 Reinhart Attorneys Recognized by Wisconsin Super Lawyers.
63 Reinhart Attorneys Recognized by Wisconsin Super Lawyers.
68 Attorneys from Reinhart Included in the Best Lawyers in America 2012.
Block and Howley Re-Elected to Reinhart’s Board of Directors.
52 Reinhart Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers.
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