John D. Wambold

Partner

wamboldj@ballardspahr.com
Tel 612.371.3947
Fax 612.371.3207
Minneapolis

John Wambold is a partner in Ballard’s Minneapolis office, where he practices in the Business & Transactions group. John’s focus is on Private Equity mergers and acquisitions.

John advises Private Equity firms in connection with the structuring, negotiation and implementation of leveraged acquisitions, management buy-outs, growth equity investments and dispositions of privately held businesses. He represents clients throughout the middle-market across a wide range of industries, including business-to-business services, industrial components, executive recruiting, software as a service, foodservice equipment, and other manufacturing, distribution, services and technology. John’s representative private equity clients include Shoreview Industries, Norwest Equity Partners, Stone Arch Capital and Tonka Bay Equity Partners.

John also has extensive experience advising a variety of privately and publicly owned companies on all aspects of complex merger and acquisition transactions, general corporate matters, joint ventures, and restructurings.

Representative Experience

  • Representing a private equity sponsor in the roll-up acquisition of four leading executive search firms operating in the Education, Nonprofit, Healthcare Services and Life Sciences industries
  • Representing a private equity sponsor in the acquisition of a manufacturer and designer of elevator control systems and related products based in New York City
  • Representing a publicly-owned company in its acquisition of a designer and manufacturer of electrical cabling and fastening systems
  • Representing a private equity sponsor in the acquisition of a leading plumbing and HVAC services business based in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Representing a family and employee-owned services conglomerate in the sale of its employee benefits administrator divisions to a publicly-traded company
  • Representing a private equity sponsor in the acquisition of a Texas-based distributor of abrasives, paint, blasting equipment and accessories, and replacement parts used in surface preparation and industrial painting
  • Representing a private equity sponsor in the acquisition of a national supplier of vertical interior surfaces, including vinyl, textile and specialty wallcoverings, decorative panels, acoustical solutions, digitally printed surfaces and specialty paints
  • Representing a private equity sponsor in the acquisition of a Wisconsin-based supplier of precision rubber and urethane components used as vital components (seals, gaskets, rollers, wheels) in industrial equipment
  • Representing an employee-owned business in its acquisition of a manufacturer of hydraulic systems components used as critical components in industrial equipment
  • Representing a private equity sponsor in the sale of its investment in an environmental response and clean up company
  • Representing a private equity sponsor in the acquisition of a distributor of fasteners and consumable maintenance supplies that serves customers engaged in maintenance, repair, and operations activities across a diverse range of end markets including industrial, automotive, institutional, and government
  • Representing a private equity sponsor in the acquisition of a leading designer and provider of foodservice equipment for the hospitality sector, along with two follow-on acquisitions by this portfolio company of a manufacturer of commercial grade baking, pizza, and restaurant equipment and a designer and manufacturer of premium coffee equipment for commercial and residential segments
  • Representing a private equity sponsor in the sale of its investment in the leading manufacturer of recreational vehicles and trailers as well as specialty vehicles used for mobile marketing, mobile command centers (i.e. law enforcement), and mobile medical facilities

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America, mergers and acquisitions law, 2020, 2021

Minnesota Super Lawyer, Rising Star (2006, 2007, 2009)

Speaking Engagements

Middle Market Mergers & Acquisitions, Webcasts, October 7, 2013

Minnesota Venture & Finance Conference Panel: Exit Strategies, October 11, 2012

University of Chicago Law School (J.D. 1997, with honors)

Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota (M.B.A. 1994)

University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.B.A. 1992, with honors)

Minnesota