Corporate and M&A Attorney
Jake is a member of Varnum's Corporate Services and M&A Team. Jake's focus is in business and transactional work with a strong emphasis on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), private equity, family office, venture capital and other commercial transactions. Jake also has experience with day-to-day business issues from a legal perspective and has experience in corporate structuring, succession planning, securities regulation and a wide variety of other commercial transactions. He has experience working with businesses ranging from early stage startups to mature, privately-held businesses of all sizes.
In addition to general corporate services, Jake is also co-chair of the Food Law Team. His food law experience includes compliance with FDA labeling requirements and the Food Safety Modernization Act. Jake also has representative experience with agricultural cooperatives and the Capper Volstead Act.
Jake was recently named by Best Lawyers® as one of the 2021 "Ones to Watch," a designation given to attorneys with less than 10 years of practice in recognition of their outstanding professional excellence in private practice.
For more information, please contact Jake Droppers at 616/336-6893 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A sample of representative M&A transactions are as follows:
Represented regional c-store distributor in negotiation and consummation of sale to privately-owned competitor.
Represented fruit juice manufacturer in sale to publicly-traded company.
Represented various startups and growing business in connection with capital raises and exit transactions.
Represented outdoor industry company in numerous acquisition and divestitures in North America.
Roll-up acquisitions for insurance brokerage, risk management benefits design firm (more than 300 transactions to date since July 2013).
Represented family office in connection with acquisition of financially-distressed produce broker and apple packer.
Represented a leading carbon steel service center in its sale to a private equity fund.
Honors & Recognitions
Best Lawyers in America®, Ones to Watch, Corporate Law, 2021
Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Up & Coming Lawyer, 2016
Association for Corporate Growth
Grand Rapids Bar Association
Mid America Cooperative Council, Inc.
State Bar of Michigan
News & Publications
- September 22, 2020
- January 3, 2019
- November 28, 2018
- June 18, 2018
- November 29, 2017
- August 25, 2017
- December 2, 2016
- Agriculture Blog Post, March 14, 2016
- Startup Blog Post, May 11, 2015
- Deadline Looms for Conflict Mineral Disclosure Requirements: Update for Suppliers of Reporting CompaniesEnvironmental Law Update, May 16, 2014
- Startup Blog Post, January 23, 2014
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
J.D., magna cum laude, 2012
Indiana Law Journal, Managing Editor
B.A., Economics, with honors, 2008
- All Michigan state courts