Robert Tunheim

Robert E. Tunheim


Robert Tunheim represents clients in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance transactions and general business matters. He provides counsel to a variety of private equity groups in their formation, investments and liquidation transactions.

His M&A and corporate finance work includes handling control transactions, minority investments, mezzanine financing transactions and corporate restructurings. Bob also provides general legal advice to businesses, including many of his private equity clients’ portfolio companies, on a variety of issues, including contract, finance, securities, licensing, choice of entity and other matters.


Representative Matters

  • Represented financial advisory firm in its sale to four generations of private equity owners and over fifty add-on acquisitions
  • Represented SBIC private equity fund in over forty portfolio acquisitions, numerous add-on acquisitions and ultimate exit transactions
  • Represented SBIC private equity fund in over fifty mezzanine investments

Professional Highlights

Professional Activities

American Bar Foundation, Fellow

American Bar Association, Member

Minnesota State Bar Association, Member

Hennepin County Bar Association, Member

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Legal 500 US, mergers and acquisitions – middle-market (sub-$500m), 2019-2020

Chambers USA, Corporate/M&A, Minnesota, 2017-2024

The Best Lawyers in America, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions law, 2015, 2017-2024; "Lawyer of the Year," corporate law, 2022, mergers and acquisitions law, 2023

Listed in The Power 30: M&A, Minnesota Lawyer, 2023 and 2024

Speaking Engagements

“Private Equity Summit,” ACG Minnesota, 2017-2022

"The MA Boom: Can It Last?," Speaking Engagement, November 16, 2022

“The State of M&A,” AGC Minnesota, May 13, 2020

Board Memberships & Community Service

Norway House, Board Chair, 2017-present

Rotary Club of Orono, President, 2013-2014

Orono Public Schools, School Board Chair, 2010-present

Trinity Lutheran Church, Finance Committee Chair, Capital Fund Committee Chair, Past President


"Negotiating Intercreditor Agreements: Top Ten Tips for Mezzanine Lenders," Dealmaker Counsel, November 1, 2011

"Negotiating Intercreditor Agreements: Top Ten Tips for Mezzanine Lenders," The Real Estate Journal, Thomson Reuters Publications, October, 2011



University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1988)
Order of the Coif

Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota (M.B.A., Finance, 1985, with honors)

Concordia College (Moorhead) (B.A., Economics, History/Political Science, summa cum laude, 1982)