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Mergers & Acquisitions

Bringing business together with M&A expertise.

When contemplating game-changing strategic transactions, businesses routinely seek out Husch Blackwell to structure, negotiate and close their deals. Our law firm's mergers and acquisitions attorneys work as an integrated team across the full spectrum of practice areas involved in strategic M&A transactions. Our mergers and acquisitions attorneys are dedicated to the achievement of our clients’ goals and deliver creative solutions and industry focused legal advice.
 
Our mergers and acquisitions team represents buyers, sellers, public and private operating companies, private equity firms and other financial sponsors, boards of directors, special committees, and management buyout groups in transactions in the United States and internationally. Our M&A attorneys deliver solutions throughout the transaction life cycle, from strategic evaluation and due diligence through closing and integration.  

Our mergers and acquisitions expertise includes providing guidance to clients on:

  • Asset and equity
    purchases
  • Auctions
  • Corporate carve outs
  • Cross border transactions
  • Exchange offers
  • Fiduciary duty and
    disclosure issues
  • Going private
    transactions
  • Hostile takeovers
  • Joint ventures
  • Leverage buyouts
  • Mergers
  • Minority investments
  • Poison pill and counseling
    on other defensive
    measures
  • Proxy battles
  • Restructurings and
    recapitalizations
  • Roll up transactions
  • Sales of controlling
    interests
  • Subsidiary spinoffs

Representative Experience

  • Represented Northern Genesis Acquisition Corp., a special-purpose acquisition corporation (SPAC), in a cross-border business combination with Canada-based Lion Electric Co., a manufacturer of electric trucks and buses, in a transaction resulting in a $1.9 billion public company.
  • Represent UpHealth, Inc. in a SPAC-led merger with Cloudbreak Health, LLC, a leading unified telemedicine and video medical interpretation solutions provider, that created a digital health company valued at $1.35 billion.
  • Represented family-owned Environmental Dynamics International as seller’s counsel in a leveraged buyout transaction with Nexom, via financial sponsors Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and XPV Water Partners.
  • Represented The Empire District Electric Company and its parent Liberty Utilities Co., as buyer, in the multi-step purchase, from a joint venture between Tenaska and Steelhead (an affiliate of Vestas) of the approximately 150-MW Kings Point Wind project and the approximately 150-MW North Fork Ridge Wind project, each under construction in Missouri.
  • Represented Commerce Bancshares in the sale of its corporate trust business to UMB.
  • Served as lead outside counsel to Casey’s General Stores in its $580 million acquisition of Buchanan Energy, owner of Bucky’s Convenience Stores.
  • Represented Clarke Energy USA, Inc. in its acquisition of Boston-based Co-Energy America for an undisclosed sum.
  • Represented data security company PKWARE in connection with sale to private equity firm Thompson Street Capital Partners.
  • Represented Associated Banc-Corp in the sale of the insurance business, Associated Benefits & Risk Consulting, to USI Insurance Services, LLC, for $265.8 million.
  • Represented Honeywell in its acquisition of Rocky Research, Inc., a manufacturer of thermal management products.
  • Represented Dot Family Holdings in its complex purchase of Omni Cable Corp.
  • Represented CFB Venture Fund and B12 in the purchase of the assets of Bloom, Inc., a company engaged in the design, manufacturing and sale of gears, winches and similar products. We formed a new holding company (Entegra) to act as the parent company for this and future acquisitions for a platform in the industry.
  • Served as seller’s counsel to Midwestern Propane Gas Co. in its sale to Maryland-based ThompsonGas, one of the top 10 propane companies in the United States.
  • Represented Green Peak, a St. Louis-based thematically focused private equity firm, in the acquisition of Plattin Creek Excavating, LLC. Green Peak utilized Plattin as the centerpiece of its new infrastructure venture, GPCP Critical Infrastructure Platform, LLC.
  • Represented TricorBraun, a global packaging leader, in the acquisition of Price Container and Packaging and Packaging Solutions, Inc.
  • Represented Aimco in the $59 million sale of a Virginia multi-family property.
  • Represented Lansing Trade Group, LLC, a leading handler of physical commodities, as lead M&A counsel in its $305 million acquisition by The Andersons, Inc., the publicly traded, Ohio-based diversified agriculture and transportation company. The complex cash-and-stock deal involved the purchase by The Andersons, Inc. of the 67.5 percent of Lansing equity that it did not already own.
  • Served as M&A counsel to Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. in its $365 million acquisition of Ascendant Group Limited, the parent company of Bermuda Electric Light Company.
  • Represented Austin Energy, a public electric utility owned by the City of Austin, TX, as lead transaction counsel in connection with its agreement to purchase from Southern Power the Nacogdoches Generating Facility, a 115-MW, wood waste biomass-fueled power plant in East Texas for $460 million.
  • Represented AMC Entertainment in its acquisition of Cinetopia, a luxury cinema chain founded in 2005 in Beaverton, OR.
  • Represented Wincove Private Holdings, LP in its acquisition of Fortbrand Services, LLC, a leading provider of maintenance and support equipment to the aviation industry. Our client led the recapitalization of this business in March 2017, partnering with existing management and a seasoned industry executive.
  • Represented Gateway Bobcat, LLC, a St. Louis-based dealership that sells and rents Bobcat and Doosan industrial equipment, in its sale via leveraged buyout to Brightstar Capital Partners LP and its new industrial dealership and services platform company, InfraServe US, LLC.
  • Represented TricorBraun, a global packaging leader, in acquisition of Pacific Bag, LLC, one of the largest independent U.S. distributors of flexible packaging. The company will combine Pacific Bag with its existing flexibles business, Taipak, to create TricorBraun Flex, a new business unit focused on flexible packaging.
  • Represented Safety National Casualty Corp., a leading specialty insurance and reinsurance provider, in its acquisition of Oklahoma-based Midlands Management Corporation, a managing general agent (MGA), wholesale broker, program administrator and insurance services provider with a specialty in excess workers’ compensation.
  • Represented Tech Canary, a provider of an integrated cloud-based insurance CRM platforms, in the sale of all issued and outstanding stock to Applied Systems, Inc. 
  • Served as independent counsel to the independent managers serving on the Board of Managers of Burlington Capital, LLC, in connection with the $80 million sale of all of their interests in America First Capital Associates Limited Partnership Two to Greystone & Co., Inc. AFCA 2 is the general partner of America First Multifamily Investors, L.P., a publicly traded limited partnership.
  • Served as M&A counsel and antitrust counsel for Green Plains, Inc. in connection with the formation of a $77 million joint venture to own and operate Green Plains Cattle Company with a group of investment funds that include AGR Partners and StepStone Group.
Alerts | January 31, 2020
Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Filing Thresholds Increase in 2020

Noncompliance with the HSR Act may result in increased civil penalties as of the effective date of up to $43,280 per day.

Webinar | February 2021
Analyzing IP and Technology Due Diligence Issues in M&A and Venture Capital Transactions

Intellectual Property Webinar Series

Speaking Engagements | July 14, 2020 and July 28, 2020
Speaker, "M&A Master's Training Program: Due Diligence Best Practices"
Speaking Engagements | August 29, 2018
M&A Survival Guide to Selling the Closely-Held Business

Chauncey Lane spoke on an ABA Business Law Section panel sponsored by the Section's Mergers and Acquisitions Committee.

News Releases | July 28, 2021
Husch Blackwell Joins UpHealth in Opening Bell Celebration

Led out of the firm’s Milwaukee office, Husch Blackwell represented UpHealth in its recently closed business combination that created a publicly traded, comprehensive global digital healthcare company.

News Releases | June 24, 2021
Husch Blackwell Represents Northern Genesis in Embark Trucks Merger

This latest transaction marks the third major de-SPAC transaction that Husch Blackwell has handled in the first half of 2021.

Media Mentions | January 29, 2021
Hamilton County Herald: Husch Blackwell welcomes four
Media Mentions | November 10, 2020
St. Louis Small Business Monthly: Top M&A Providers
Media Mentions | September 2020
Ingram's: Structuring the Deal
News Releases | May 19, 2020
Husch Blackwell Represents Schwazze in Landmark Cannabis Transaction

The transaction is the first to close after a change in Colorado law pursuant to House Bill 19-1090, allowing for publicly traded companies to own Colorado cannabis licenses.

News Releases | November 19, 2019
Kirstin Salzman Recognized by Ingram's as Top Rainmaker

Salzman is recognized on this list of "top-performing female lawyers" in the Kansas City area.

News Releases | October 30, 2019
JP Croake Joins Husch Blackwell's Madison Office

Croake's corporate practice focuses on helping businesses – from startups to established companies – at all stages of growth. 

News Releases | September 10, 2019
Husch Blackwell's Scott and Eckelkamp Named 2019 Up & Coming Lawyers

The annual Up & Coming awards “celebrate outstanding legal professionals who are 40 or younger or who are within their first 10 years of practice.

News Releases | August 15, 2019
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2020 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and 11 attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

News Releases | July 10, 2019
2019 Great Plains Super Lawyers Names Six From Husch Blackwell

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

News Releases | June 17, 2019
Collins and Cochran Named ABA Health Law Section Vice Chairs

The 10,600-member ABA Health Law Section is the voice of the national health law bar within the ABA.

News Releases | June 10, 2019
Hal Katz Named Chair-Elect of ABA Health Law Section Council

The ABA Health Law Section has more than 10,000 member nationwide.

News Releases | June 03, 2019
Sixteen Husch Blackwell Attorneys Recognized in 2019 IFLR 1000 United States

The 2019 edition of the IFLR 1000 represents the second year IFLR has ranked top financial and corporate law firms and lawyers on a state-by-state basis.

News Releases | June 03, 2019
Husch Blackwell Represents Algonquin Power & Utilities in Bermuda Electric Light Company Acquisition

Closing of the transaction is expected to occur in late 2019 and is subject to customary closing conditions.

News Releases | May 31, 2019
Three Husch Blackwell Practices Net 2019 Legal 500 US Rankings

The Legal 500 United States assesses and ranks the capabilities of law firms around the world in over 100 jurisdictions with a comprehensive research program.

News Releases | April 29, 2019
Chambers USA 2019 Ranks Husch Blackwell in 10 Areas of Law; 33 Attorneys Recognized

Attorneys in 10 offices across the firm's footprint are recognized in the 2019 edition of Chambers USA

News Releases | April 19, 2019
Husch Blackwell Represents Austin Energy in $460 Million Acquisition of Biomass-Fueled Power Plant

The $460 million transaction is expected to close during the summer of 2019.

News Releases | February 13, 2019
Erin Olshever Joins Husch Blackwell's Chattanooga Office

Erin Olshever has joined Husch Blackwell’s Chattanooga office as senior counsel in the firm’s Technology, Manufacturing and Transportation group.

News Releases | December 10, 2018
Husch Blackwell Elects 25 to Partnership
News Releases | December 05, 2018
Ericka Simpson Conner Joins Young Friends of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri Board

Ericka Simpson Conner is one of three new members of the Board of the Young Friends of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM), a group of young professionals committed to increasing awareness of LSEM's mission to provide free legal assistance to low-income families.

News Releases | November 13, 2018
32 Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named to 2018 Wisconsin Super Lawyers/Rising Stars

Husch Blackwell has 32 attorneys named to the 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

News Releases | October 26, 2018
Husch Blackwell Represents Green Plains in Announced Sale of Fleischmann's Vinegar

Husch Blackwell served as seller’s counsel to Green Plains Inc. in its $350 million stock purchase agreement with Kerry Group to sell the Fleischmann’s Vinegar Company, Inc.

News Releases | October 16, 2018
Husch Blackwell Represents Lansing Trade Group in $300 Million Sale

Husch Blackwell represented Lansing Trade Group, LLC in its acquisition by The Andersons, Inc.

News Releases | October 12, 2018
Husch Blackwell Represents Green Plains in Ethanol Plant Divestitures

Husch Blackwell represented one of the world’s leading producers of ethanol in its sale of three plants across three states.

News Releases | September 05, 2018
Husch Blackwell Places 10 Attorneys in 2018 IFLR 1000 United States

Ten Husch Blackwell attorneys have earned rankings in the IFLR 1000, a directory of leading transactional attorneys. The firm also earned rankings in three state jurisdictions.

News Releases | August 15, 2018
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2019 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The Best Lawyers in America® has listed 143 Husch Blackwell attorneys in its 2019 directory. The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and five attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

News Releases | August 08, 2018
Husch Blackwell's Chauncey Lane Named to Leadership Dallas Class of 2019

Chauncey M. Lane joins the 43rd Leadership Dallas class.

Testimonials Gear Fisher, CEO, Peaksware

“Working with the Husch Blackwell team on a wide range of legal issues has consistently exceeded my expectations. I would sum up their services as knowledgeable, thorough, direct and, best of all, easy to manage.”

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Testimonials Chambers USA 2021

"Well placed to advise on large and complex transactions and regularly assists private and public companies with multimillion-dollar matters.”

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Testimonials Al Gatmaitan, Co-Chief Executive & President, UpHealth, Inc.

"Kate Bechen and the entire Husch Blackwell team were fantastic counsel. True experts and wise advisors in multiple areas to assist with our business combination."

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Testimonials Dr. Chirinjeev Kathuria, Co-Chairman and Co-founder, UpHealth

“To see our company being traded on the New York Stock Exchange is a huge testament to the entire Husch Blackwell team’s ability. Led by Kate Bechen, Husch Blackwell successfully guided us through the complex SPAC process, which now allows us to scale our operations in a healthcare market ripe for much-needed change and innovation.”

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Client Results

Husch Blackwell represented Associated Banc-Corp in
$265 million divestiture of its multi-line insurance agency and consulting firm.

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