John D. Wambold

Tel 612.371.3947
Fax 612.371.3207

John Wambold principally represents private equity funds and mezzanine capital funds, and also serves as lead counsel to their portfolio companies. He concentrates in complex business transactions in the middle market, including mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, divestitures, financings, debt and equity restructurings and equity investments.

John also acts as the outside general counsel to closely held businesses, providing ongoing advice with respect to governance issues, contract drafting and negotiation, shareholder issues and financings.

Representative Experience

  • Representing Norwest Equity Partners in the acquisition of Apothecary Products Incorporated, a leading innovator, manufacturer and distributor of consumer healthcare products and pharmacy supplies.
  • Assisting grocer Jerry’s Enterprises in the purchase of seven Rainbow Foods sites throughout the Minneapolis – St. Paul metro area.
  • Representing Pentair in the sale of its Aspen Motion Technologies subsidiary that designs and manufactures high-performance permanent magnet brushless DC motors, integrated digital controls and motorized impellers for motors, to Moog Inc.
  • Advising AppleWhite Dental through the acquisition of nearly three dozen dental practices throughout Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
  • Representing Shoreview Industries in the sale of 1) portfolio company Hamilton Engineering, a consulting and engineering firm focused on the international oil and gas industry, to private equity firm Corinthian Capital, and 2) Abrasive Products and Equipment, a supplier of portable air blasting equipment, abrasive materials and related equipment parts for surface preparation, to private equity firm Ridgemont Capital.
  • Advising Stone Arch Capital in 1) the sale of its equity interest in Wholesale Produce Supply, LLC, a leading distributor of fresh fruits and vegetables to grocery wholesalers and foodservice distributors, to private equity firm Mill City Capital, 2) completing a significant debt and equity recapitalization of Asset Marketing Services (“AMS”), a leading multi-channel direct marketer of high-value collectible coins and proprietary branded jewelry and watches, and 3) completing the sale of its equity interest in Mitchell’s Oil Field Service, Inc., a leading oil field services provider to major and independent oil producers throughout the Williston Basin, to the Wood Group, a Scotland-based, publicly traded energy service company.

Recognition & Accomplishments

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

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)