Amy L. Arndt

Tel 605.978.5202
Fax 605.978.5225
Sioux Falls

Amy Arndt is the Office Managing Partner of Ballard Spahr's Sioux Falls office and a member of the firm's Elected Board. Known for her strategic and client service-oriented approach, Amy assists business owners with operational issues, management succession, financing options for growth, and restructuring. Her practice emphasizes securities and corporate finance and she represents clients in various industries such as agri-business, real estate, hospitality, consumer products, manufacturing, and renewable energy.

Amy has significant experience advising privately held companies on private offerings/placements and finance, corporate governance, disclosure matters, mergers and acquisition transactions, and asset acquisitions and divestitures. She acts as outside general counsel to clients advising on various matters including formation, shareholder agreements, and internal corporate structuring.

Representative Matters

  • Representing major manufacturers pertaining to sales and management structuring, underlying capitalization matters and general Board governance
  • Advising lending clients and financial institutions in originating, structuring, documenting and negotiating financing transactions, inclusive of co-lender arrangements pertaining to sales of businesses, real estate and other transactional finance matters
  • Representing lenders pertaining to foreclosures and workouts prior to litigation involving agricultural property, business assets and commercial real estate property
  • Negotiating dealer contracts nationwide for one of the world's largest manufacturers of fire apparatus
  • Advising a public utility in financing and rate cases
  • Advising various start-ups and private equity companies pertaining to equity financing options, private equity offerings and overall structure and governance matters
  • Advising the estate of a prominent real estate developer in the sale, reorganization, and refinancing of 65 business entities, including a restaurant chain and a casino
  • Assisting the owners of a full-service property management, real estate, construction and development company with a portfolio of more than 2,500 apartment units, premier office and retail centers, in a partnership separation involving 12 separate entities of the company
  • Represented the Sioux Falls ABC Affiliate and their parent company in the lease negotiations, land purchase matters, contract buildout and acquisition, and general business matters in conjunction with the relocation of their television studio and office space and the relocation of satellites to a new satellite facility

Awards and Accomplishments

Chambers USA, corporate/commercial (South Dakota), 2016-2020

The Best Lawyers in America, mergers and acquisitions law, 2013-2021

Great Plains Super Lawyers, 2018, 2020

American College of Mortgage Attorneys (ACMA), Fellow, 2017

EmBe 50 Women Leaders in Sioux Falls, 2014

Professional Activities

American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Division, Member

South Dakota State Bar Association, Business Law Committee, Chair (2012-Present)

Second Judicial Bar Association, Member

University of Nebraska College of Law (J.D., 1996)

Augustana College (B.S. with honors, 1993)

South Dakota

U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota