Michael R. Kuhn

Partner

kuhnm@ballardspahr.com
Tel 612.371.3282
Fax 612.371.3207
Minneapolis
Michael Kuhn regularly represents private and public companies and private equity funds that are acquiring, selling, reorganizing, and merging their businesses. Additionally, he advises clients on day-to-day legal and business matters, including early-stage companies addressing issues related to entity formation, general corporate services, and fund raising.

Mike also represents many of the leading private equity firms in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. He has represented companies on the acquisition and sale process and management groups in connection with their investments. His experience includes leading the overall transaction process, negotiating the acquisition-related aspects, and structuring and negotiating employee and investor agreements.

Mike also has significant experience with M&A representations and warranties insurance products, which are being used more frequently in the current M&A market. Mike regularly assists clients across the firm with respect to issues raised by using such insurance products.

Judicial Clerkship

Hon. G. Barry Anderson, Minnesota Court of Appeals

Representative Matters

Recent transactions in which Mike played a major role include:

  • Represented Norwest Equity Partners (a leading national middle-market private equity fund) in acquisitions of Minnesota Rubber and Plastics, Bailiwick Services, Bix Produce Company, Marco, Shock Doctor, Lindstrom Metric and DCM Services. Completed subsequent add-on transaction work and exits for a number of companies owned by Norwest Equity Partners.
  • Represented Deluxe Corporation (DLX) in a variety of acquisitions of software and technology businesses.
  • Represented CHS, Inc. in its sale of 33 Cenex Zip Trip convenience stores in the Pacific Northwest to Par Pacific (PARR).
  • Represented New Ulm Telecom Inc. (NULM) in its acquisition of Scott-Rice Telephone Company.
  • Represented Clearfield, Inc. (CLFD) in its acquisition of a powered cabinet product line from Calix, Inc. (CALX).
  • Represented Winnebago Corporation (WGO) in its acquisition of Grand Design RV ($500 Million) from a leading East-coast based private equity group.
  • Represented a European based private equity group in the sale of various U.S. operating companies in a transaction valued at over $100 Million.
  • Represented Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative related to the divestiture of a yeast production facility to Lallemand USA.
  • Represented a privately owned electronics company in their sale to an internal management group.
  • Represented Tonka Bay Equity Partners in its acquisition of Checkers Industrial Products; subsequently represented Checkers in the acquisition of three additional add-on transactions and the sale of Checkers to Audax Group.
Professional Activities

American Bar Association, Member

Hennepin County Bar Association, Member

Minnesota Bar Association, Member

Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), Member

Recognitions and Accomplishments

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, “40 Under 40,” 2016

North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2015

Speaking Engagements

Co-Presenter, “Exit Here: Exit Opportunities for Entrepreneurs and Venture Stage Companies,” Minnesota Venture Conference, October, 2015

Congressman Emmer Presents at Lindquist and MPMA Event, September, 2015

Representations and Warranties: Changing the Way Deals are Done, Seminar, October , 2012

Community Activities

LegalCORPS, Volunteer

Downtown YMCA Community Board, Member

William Mitchell College of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law) (J.D., 2002 cum laude)

Saint John’s University (B.A., 1999)
Minnesota

U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota