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Peter G. Roth Partner

Peter Roth Corporate Law Attorney
Office
Grand Rapids, Metro Detroit
Phone
616/336-6429
Fax
616/336-7000
Email
pgroth@varnumlaw.com
pgroth@varnumlaw.com
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Assistant
Kim DeBoer, 616/336-6700
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Corporate Experience

Pete’s experience is in business and transactional work, with a heavy focus on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital, and joint venture transactions. He provides counseling with respect to day-to-day business issues of all types, including commercial transactions, corporate structuring and succession planning. Pete is also experienced in real estate transactions and tax planning matters, including extensive work in connection with 1031 exchange transactions.

Additionally, Pete has significant experience in laws unique to cooperatives, including the Capper-Volstead Act, laws governing shareholder matters, patronage, and relevant tax laws and regulations. He represents a number of agricultural cooperatives as general counsel as well as for specific matters including formation/organization, governance matters, and mergers and acquisitions.

His recent significant representations include:

  • Sale by a large Tier I automotive company of five facilities in multiple states and Mexico
  • Purchase by a Chinese publicly-traded company of a manufacturing business in two states (client's first U.S. acquisition)
  • Sale by an international publicly traded company of a technology business to another international publicly traded company, involving facilities and operations in three continents
  • Investment by a U.S. based venture capital fund in a U.K. based company, with complex tax and international structuring
  • Representation of eight private equity funds in connection with their investment in (multiple rounds) and exit from a medical device company

Merger and Acquisition Transactions:

Representation of Cooperatives:

  • Numerous merger and acquisition transactions involving cooperatives
  • General representation of boards of directors and corporate governance issues
  • Contract matters of all types

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    J.D., magna cum laude, 1999
    Order of the Coif
  • Calvin College
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    B.A., Political Science, 1996

Honors

  • Named by Super Lawyers as a Michigan Rising Star  since 2011

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan (Business Law Section, Tax Law Section)
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Mid America Cooperative Council, Inc.

Community Involvement

  • Volunteers in Service (Board of Directors, 2009 - present)
  • Grand Rapids Economics Club (2009 – present)
  • Associate for Corporate Growth (2007 – present)
  • Seymour Christian Reformed Church (Deacon , 2004 – 2007)
  • Grand Rapids Jaycees (Board of Directors, 2001 – 2002)

Publications and Presentations

  • "Selling your Business 'Someday'? Five Things to Consider Now," Grand Rapids Business Journal, January 22, 2013
  • Panelist, M & A Roundtable, Grand Rapids, MI, May 16, 2013
  • Moderator, Transitions in Family Owned Business, West Michigan Family Business Alliance, May 14, 2013
  • Presenter, Michigan Executive  Cooperative Conference, West Michigan Family Business Alliance, January 29-30, 2013
  • Panelist, M & A Roundtable, Birmingham, MI, November 29, 2012
  • "Examining the Importance of Independent Directors," Grand Rapids Business Journal, July 12, 2010
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