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Overview

Ben advises businesses on mergers and acquisitions, securities, and other corporate matters.

Ben represents businesses across multiple industries in commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, securities offerings, and other corporate finance transactions. He has served as the lead associate on several notable matters, including the sale of a family-owned cheese manufacturer to a private equity buyer, the sale of a hydraulic cylinder company to a private equity buyer, and the sale of a food transport equipment manufacturer to a strategic buyer. Ben also collaborates with businesses on a day-to-day basis, providing commercial contract, corporate governance, and entity formation counsel.

Ben has amassed an impressive track record assisting banks, bank holding companies, and other financial institutions on a range of transactional and regulatory matters, including bank holding company formations, capital raises and private securities offerings, mergers, acquisitions, and branch purchases. His regulatory work includes matters involving the FDIC, OCC, Federal Reserve, and state regulators.

Ben’s financial services transactions work includes the acquisition of a bank holding company by independent investors (and the associated capital raise), representation of $2 billion bank in its acquisition of a bank holding company and several branch acquisitions, representation of a bank holding company in the acquisition of a bank under a consent order (including navigating the regulatory applications and approval process), and representation of a credit union in the formation of a credit union service organization.


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Recognition

  • Wisconsin Law Journal, Up and Coming Lawyer, 2021

Education

  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School
    • cum laude
    • Business Law Concentration
    • ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law, Managing Editor,
    • Legal Writing Best Brief, Section A
    • Dean’s Distinguished Scholarship
    • Dean’s Elite Scholarship
  • B.A., University of Northwestern - St. Paul
    • English (History minor)
    • summa cum laude
    • Eagle Scholars Honors Program/Scholarship
    • Dean’s List

Admissions

  • Wisconsin
Experience
  • Lead associate on sale and acquisition transactions, including the sale of a family-owned cheese manufacturer to a private equity buyer (including an equity rollover), the sale of a hydraulic cylinder company to a private equity buyer, and the sale of a food transport equipment manufacturer to a strategic buyer.
  • Lead associate in financial institution transactions, including the acquisition of a bank holding company by independent investors (and the associated capital raise), representation of $2 billion bank in its acquisition of a bank holding company and several branch acquisitions, representation of a bank holding company in the acquisition of a bank under a consent order (including navigating the regulatory applications and approval process), and representation of a credit union in the formation of a credit union service organization.
  • Significant real estate work, including representation of a sponsor in the development of a luxury apartment complex (including associated capital raise) and various office and retail sale and acquisition transactions.
  • Served as on-site counsel with a health system for 12 months, advising on corporate governance, commercial contracts, mergers and acquisitions, and regulatory matters.
Community Leadership
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northcentral Wisconsin, Board Member; Vice President, 2019 – 2021
  • Entrepreneurial & Education Center, Inc. (Wausau Incubator), Board Member, 2021

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