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Overview

Mike has worked for more than 20 years with companies in the electric, gas, water and wastewater industries, primarily in mergers & acquisitions.

He offers a diverse and extensive legal background, including experience in government, corporate and private practice. As in-house counsel, he often was responsible for hiring outside law firms and adapting to a variety of client requirements, all of which broadened his perspective.

Mike’s deep experience in the energy and utility industries helps him provide thorough and efficient service to his clients. He stays up to date on the many rapid advancements within these industries.

His areas of counsel frequently include mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, corporate governance, and commercial transactions.


Industry

Services

Recognition

  • IFLR 1000 (International Financial Law Review) list, U.S. edition, 2018

Education

  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law
    • cum laude
      • Order of the Coif
      • Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology, Editorial board member
  • B.A., Drake University
    • Economics
    • summa cum laude

Admissions

  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • Iowa

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Missouri Bar
  • Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals
  • The Energy Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Featured Case Study

Algonquin Expands Globally with Joint Venture

Canada-based Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. sought to form a joint venture with Spanish renewable energy developer Abengoa SA, for the development and construction of clean energy and water infrastructure assets outside of North America. Mike was part of the Husch Blackwell team that advised Algonquin on acquiring a nearly $1 billion, 41.5% equity interest in a NASDAQ-listed English “yieldco” affiliate of Abengoa, Atlantica Yield PLC, and forming joint venture entities with Abengoa in the Netherlands, Canada and Spain.


Additional Experience
  • Advised Canada-based company in acquisition of mid-cap U.S.-based electric and gas utility.
  • Advised acquirer in series of transactions involving numerous small electric, gas, water, wastewater and steam utility operations across the United States.
  • Advised biofuel company in $250 million purchase of California-based food-grade vinegar manufacturing company and later $350 million sale of target.
  • Advised seller in $328 million sale of three ethanol manufacturing plants in three states.
  • Negotiated joint venture structure and related contractual arrangements for high-voltage transmission line in western United States.
  • Negotiated contractual arrangements for utility-scale solar energy projects on federal and tribal lands in western United States.
  • Advised on sale of NYSE-listed company in cash-for-stock transaction valued at $10 billion.
  • Managed legal services related to corporate and commercial transactions, energy supply and delivery, corporate governance, investor relations, and securities and capital markets activities of $3 billion electric and gas utility.
Outside the Office

Mike is a family man who enjoys spending time with his two children, who are both competitive tennis players. He also enjoys an occasional round of golf.