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Overview

Mike has worked for more than 20 years with companies in the electric, gas, water and wastewater utility industries, with an emphasis in mergers & acquisitions and general corporate matters.

Mike has a diverse and extensive legal background, which includes experience in government, corporate and private practice. As in-house counsel, he was responsible for hiring and supervising a team of lawyers as well as outside law firms, and adapting to a variety of client requirements, all of which broadened his perspective.

Mike’s deep experience in the energy industry helps him provide thorough and efficient service to his clients. He stays up to date on rapid advancements and changes in the industry and developments in M&A, corporate and governance practices across industries.

Mike’s areas of counsel include mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, project development, commercial transactions and corporate governance.


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

Featured Experience

Algonquin Expands Globally with Joint Venture

Canada-based Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. (TSX/NYSE: AQN) 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 and the Husch Blackwell team advised Algonquin on formation of the joint venture and the related $953 million acquisition of a 41.5% equity interest in Atlantica Yield PLC (NASDAQ: AY), a former affiliate of Abengoa.


Additional Experience
  • Advised Canada-based company in acquisition of U.S.-based electric utility.
  • Advised company through series of U.S. acquisitions in the gas, water and wastewater utility industries.
  • Negotiated joint venture structure and related 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 a 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 a $3 billion electric and gas utility.
Outside the Office

Mike enjoys spending time with his family, and an occasional round of golf.