Robert E. Tunheim

Partner
Minneapolis
Robert Tunheim is Co-Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr's Private Equity Group. He 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.

Experience 

Representative Matters

  • Represented an investment company in providing a $10,000,000 mezzanine debt and a $1,575,000 co-investment in the acquisition of a gourmet butter business
  • Represented Productivity, Inc. in its acquisition of Monkton’s Machine Tools, Inc.
  • Represented Wealth Enhancement Group, LLC in its sale to Lightyear Capital

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, 2017-2021

The Best Lawyers in America, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions law, 2015, 2017-2021

Speaking Engagements

Business Law for Controllers & CFOs, MNCPA Management and Business Advisers Conference, June 21, 2017

Congressman Emmer Presents at Lindquist and MPMA Event, September 14, 2015

"Board of Director Duties and Protections," Marsh & McLennan Agency, February 20, 2014

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

Publications

"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

Credentials 

Education

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)

Admissions

Minnesota