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Overview

Phil appreciates the value of long-term relationships and takes time to understand clients’ businesses and goals. In doing so, he consistently becomes not only a legal advisor but also a business partner.

Although Phil’s practice focuses on mergers, acquisitions and related business transactions, he often takes on the role of general counsel, offering strategic guidance on day-to-day business issues. In addition to M&A work, Phil regularly advises clients on debt and equity capital transactions, recapitalizations, alternative financing arrangements, early stage and growth capital transactions, general corporate matters and commercial contract negotiations. He also advises clients on cross-border transactions, using a network of global professionals with whom he has developed strong working relationships.

Phil counsels closely held businesses, private equity funds, public and private companies, family offices, holding companies, entrepreneurs, angel and venture capital groups, strategic purchasers, and banks and non-bank lenders. Earlier in his career, Phil also developed significant experience representing dentists and physicians in all forms of corporate and transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and hospital affiliation transactions. Phil continues to represent clients in this space today.


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Services

Recognition

  • Milwaukee Business Journal, 40 Under 40, 2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law, 2018-2019; Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2019
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2013-2017

Education

  • J.D., Marquette University Law School
    • cum laude
    • Marquette Law Review, Associate Editor
  • B.A., Marquette University
    • magna cum laude

Admissions

  • Wisconsin

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • American Bar Association
Featured Case Study

Family Bakery Sold to Publicly Traded Company

When the husband-and-wife founders and owners of the Angelic Bakehouse sought to sell their company, they turned to Phil and the team at Husch Blackwell, based on the firm’s strong reputation in merger and acquisition deals. The team became involved in the initial offer stage; negotiated the term sheet and letter of intent; navigated complex corporate, real estate and tax issues; and structured the transaction in a way that ultimately achieved a great result for both the seller and buyer.


Additional Experience
  • Represented large UK-based technology solutions provider in strategic acquisition of publicly traded company with operations in United States and United Kingdom.
  • Represented Riverside Foods, a third-generation manufacturer of premium appetizer and seafood products, in its sale to strategic purchaser.
  • Guided strategic purchaser in navigating auction bid process and closing merger transaction valued in excess of $250 million.
  • Represented private equity fund company in its acquisition of print and digital media company with operations in the United States and Ireland.
  • Represented non-bank lender and private equity fund company in several mezzanine debt and equity transactions, including in connection with new BMO Tower in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and luxury hotel development in Anaheim, California.
  • Represented publicly traded bank in acquisition of insurance brokerage and consultancy firm in transaction valued in excess of $50 million.
  • Participated in restructuring of country's second-largest ductile iron foundry, focusing primarily on related asset sales and transactions, the aggregate size of which exceeded $100 million.
  • Represented German-based equipment manufacturer in long-term global supply contract with Fortune 100 company.
  • Represented healthcare technology company in strategic acquisition of software business.
  • Advised European holding company on acquisition of Wisconsin-based industrial oven manufacturer.
  • Counseled EB-5 sponsor on day-to-day general corporate, transactional, fund structuring and securities matters.
  • Represented Milwaukee-based private equity group in several portfolio company acquisitions and related financing arrangements.
  • Advised on dozens of purchase and sale transactions, including acquisitions for several family-office holding companies with operations throughout the Midwest.
  • Served as issuer's counsel in $300 million high-yield debt offering, including related tender offer for $185 million of company's outstanding high-yield notes.
  • Represented numerous medical and dental professionals in corporate and transactional matters.
  • Drafted and negotiated long-term domestic and international supply agreements for clients with operations throughout the world.
  • Advised clients on formation of limited liability companies, corporations and other business entities, including nontraditional joint venture arrangements.
Outside the Office

Much of Phil’s time is devoted to his wife and young daughter.

He occasionally manages to indulge his passion for golf, playing near home in the summer and escaping to warmer climates periodically during the winter months.

Phil is also an avid snow skier.

Community Leadership
  • Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC) Fund, Emerging Leaders Board
  • Westgate Cups Ltd., Advisory Board
  • Public Policy Forum, Board of Trustees, Former Member
  • National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin, Board of Directors, Former Member
  • Early Music Now, Board of Directors, Former Member
  • Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Guardianship Clinic
  • Emerging Companies, Pro Bono Contributor

Mergers and Acquisitions

Phil works with public and private companies on mergers and acquisitions, serving as much as a business advisor as a legal counselor. Clients appreciate having someone in their corner who thinks like a business owner, spots issues before they arise and counsels them along the way. Phil is practical with his advice, understanding that each client’s risk tolerance is different, and he is known for getting deals done efficiently.