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Scott Fiducci is a shareholder in Reinhart's Corporate Law Practice, where he leverages more than three and a half decades of experience on behalf of his clients. He focuses on mergers and acquisitions transactions and other strategic matters, debt and equity investment transactions, commercial contracts, corporate governance and business counseling. Scott has earned Chambers and Partners recognition for his mergers and acquisitions and corporate law work.

Scott offers sophisticated yet practical legal guidance that is crafted with great awareness and understanding of each client’s unique business and personal objectives. He has extensive experience representing family-owned and other privately held businesses (including PE-owned platform companies) and their owners in a wide variety of industries. He regularly assists senior management teams and executives as part of his transactional practice, representing their interests in the context of business purchases and sales, including executive employment and incentive equity arrangements and equity purchase transactions.

He also advises entrepreneurs and emerging companies with critical matters like entity selection, business plan evaluation, securing equity and debt funding, intellectual property protection and agreements among owners and other stakeholders. As outside counsel to many businesses, he provides guidance on matters such as corporate governance and risk management.

Scott's approach is not just about providing legal guidance, it is about building trusted, lasting partnerships. These relationships are the cornerstone of his practice. Whether advising business owners, investors, executives or family-owned or other private or publicly owned businesses, he has a proven track record of enabling his clients to achieve successful outcomes for everyone involved.

Known for his collaborative style, Scott develops a thorough understanding of and appreciation for the parties and their objectives, in order to achieve the best results for clients. He believes that the best solutions are found when everyone's voice is heard and respected. Commitment to his clients and a personal standard of excellence are his hallmarks, and this level of dedication has garnered Scott a well-earned reputation for client satisfaction.

When away from the office, Scott enjoys spending quality time outdoors with family and friends. You might find him golfing, skiing or enjoying various water sports in Wisconsin's beautiful lake country and Northwoods.

Education

  • J.D., Indiana University Maurer School of Law-Bloomington
  • M.B.A., University of Illinois-Champaign (Finance)
  • B.A., University of Illinois-Champaign (History)

Bar Admissions

Wisconsin | Illinois

Matters

Business Sales to Private Equity (PE) Buyers

  • Represented a 2nd and 3rd generation family-owned building products distributor in a $200 million sale to a platform of a Dallas-based PE buyer.
  • Represented the shareholders of a 2nd generation family-owned value added packaging manufacturer in a $100 million sale to a Milwaukee–based PE buyer.
  • Represented a 2nd generation family-owned life sciences products design, engineering and manufacturing business in its $42 million sale to a Minneapolis-based PE buyer. The company retained Scott post-closing to serve as outside general counsel.
  • Represented a family- and ESOP-owned custom rubber and urethane products manufacturer in a $20 million sale to a Minneapolis-based PE buyer. The company retained Scott post-closing to serve as outside general counsel.
  • Represented a family-owned logistics services business in its sale to a platform of a New York-based PE buyer.
  • Represented the owners of a privately held electrical/automation control panel manufacturing business in its sale to a platform of a New York-based PE buyer.
  • Represented the owners of a specialty insurance services provider in its $28 million sale to the U.S. platform of a London-based PE buyer.

 Cross Border Business Purchase

  • Acted as special Wisconsin counsel to a Canadian energy company in its acquisition of an oil refinery valued at $435 million.

Business Sales to Strategic Buyers

  • Represented a privately held and ESOP-owned building products manufacturer and distributor in its $45 million sale to a strategic buyer.
  • Represented a family-owned food products wholesaler in its $20 million sale to a strategic buyer.
  • Advised bulk terminal owners in a $35 million tax-free and taxable equity sale to a NYSE-listed Master Limited Partnership.
  • Represented a family-owned specialty steel tube products manufacturer and value added distributor to a U.S. subsidiary of a publicly traded Canadian strategic buyer.
  • Represented a family-owned value added distributor of automation control products to an Arkansas-based strategic buyer.
  • Represented the owner of an aviation parts engineering and manufacturing business in its sale to a Minnesota-based strategic buyer.

Business Purchase Transactions

  • Represented a $500 million+ family-owned steel and iron foundry business in its purchase of foundry facilities in multiple states.
  • Represented private investors and an ESOP in the purchase of a $7 million specialty plastic injection molding manufacturing company.
  • Represented a 2nd generation family-owned plastic thermoforming and extrusion manufacturer in its purchase of complimentary Iowa-based businesses.
  • Represented a private buyer in the purchase of a privately held precision metal products manufacturer and a related industrial building, and continues to serve as outside general counsel.
  • Represented a senior executive in a PE-backed purchase of an iron foundry and related shredder parts manufacturing business.
  • Represented a PE-owned life sciences technology and manufacturing business in its acquisition of a Denver-based complimentary technology business.

Debt and Equity Investments; Recapitalizations

  • Represented a company founder in a $20 million+ equity and subordinated debt recapitalization funded by a Chicago-based PE and mezzanine debt fund.
  • Represented an NYSE-listed energy company subsidiary in its $1.5 million subordinated debt and private equity investment in a technology manufacturer.

Tax Exempt Bond Financing

  • Assisted a leading tax-exempt charitable organization with multiple taxable and tax-exempt bond financings, totaling in excess of $50 million.

Representation of Management Teams and Executives

  • Represented numerous senior management teams and executives in connection with employment, incentive equity and equity purchase arrangements in the context of business purchase and sale transactions.

Honors & Affiliations

Honors

  • Recognized by Chambers and Partners as a leader in Corporate/M&A Law (2023-present)
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers (2024)
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® - Corporate Law (2016-2024)
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® - Mergers and Acquisitions Law (2016-2024)
  • Selected for inclusion in Wisconsin Super Lawyers list—Mergers and Acquisitions Law (2005, 2006, 2011-2023)
  • Wisconsin Cluster YMCAs Key Leadership Award (1997)

Affiliations

  • State Bar of Wisconsin: Business, Tax, Health and International Sections, Member
  • American Bar Association: Business (Committee on Negotiated Acquisitions), Health, Intellectual Property and International and Tax Sections, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Business, Tax and International Section
  • Milwaukee Bar Association, Member
  • Association for Corporate Growth, Member
  • Wisconsin Innovation Network, Member
  • Wisconsin Technology Council, Member
  • Catholic Memorial High School, Board of Directors (2023-present)
  • YMCA, Board of Directors (1993-2016; Chair, 1995-1999)

News & Insights

Presentations

  • Co-Panelist, Private Equity CEO Roundtable, Milwaukee Business Journal (2017)

Publications

  • Author, "Supply Chain: Are your Standard Terms and Conditions Up-to-Date?”
  • Co-Author, first edition of “A Guide for Wisconsin Nonprofit Organizations” (chapter regarding Merger, Conversion, Sale of Assets, and Dissolution), State Bar of Wisconsin