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Corporate Attorney

Pete’s experience is in business and transactional work, with a heavy focus on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), private equity, venture capital, family office and joint venture transactions. He also provides counseling with respect to day-to-day business issues of all types, including commercial transactions, contract negotiation, corporate structuring and succession planning.

Additionally, Pete has significant experience in laws unique to automotive suppliers, automotive dealerships, cooperatives including the Capper-Volstead Act, and 1031 exchange transactions.

Experience

Experience

Mergers and Acquisitions

Pete has represented and advised clients (buy-side and sell-side) in negotiating, structuring and documenting hundreds of M&A transactions. These deals have been of all types and sizes, involving billions of dollars both nationally and internationally. Representative transactions include:

Represented Contractors Steel Company, a leading carbon steel service center, in its sale to a private equity fund. Negotiated the purchase agreement and provided counsel regarding the transaction structure, employee benefits, tax matters and antitrust filings under the Hart Scott Rodino Act.

Represented Fabco Holdings, Inc. in sale of product portfolio and related technologies to Meritor. Negotiated transaction documents and advised on employee benefit, union, intellectual property and financing-related matters.

Represented Granger Energy Services division's sale of 16 landfill gas-to-energy sites across six states to an Australian company. Negotiated sale agreement, coordinated antitrust filings, and advised on tax, employee benefits and energy regulatory matters.

Represented private equity firm Blackford Capital in acquisition of Kingsport Book. Negotiated purchase agreement, advised on structure of transaction and facilitated closing.

Represented a Michigan entrepreneur in the purchase of Schuil Coffee Company. Negotiated purchase agreement, facilitated due diligence, environmental counseling, and patent and trademark filings associated with purchase.

Represented Entente Spirits (Round Barn Winery, Free Run Cellars and Round Barn Public House) in acquisition of Tabor Hill Winery, including 25 acres of vineyards, a restaurant and three retail locations. Drafted purchase agreement and coordinated filings with Liquor Control Commission.

Private Equity, Venture Capital and Family Offices

Regular representation of private equity funds, venture capital funds and family offices, handling all aspects of numerous transactions for clients. Services include structuring, negotiating and implementing the M&A and financing components of transactions, fund formation and capital raise issues, post-transaction governance and ultimate exit from investments.

Automotive Suppliers

Extensive work with automotive suppliers, including both Tier 1 suppliers and suppliers further down the supply chain. This representation has involved all types of matters, including disputes with OEMs as well as other suppliers; M&A and joint venture transactions; contract negotiation; terms and conditions analysis; price increase 'hostage' situations; and securing supply in bankruptcy and distressed situations.

Other Areas of Focus

Significant experience with complex joint ventures, representation of automotive dealerships, cooperative law and 1031 exchange transactions.

Leadership

Honors & Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America® since 2015

Michigan Super Lawyers®, Rising Star, 2011 - 2014

Professional Affiliations

Association for Corporate Growth, 2007 - present

Grand Rapids Bar Association

Mid America Cooperative Council, Inc.

State Bar of Michigan: Business Law Section; Taxation Section

Community Involvement

Grand Rapids Economics Club, 2009 - present

Grand Rapids Jaycees, Board of Directors, 2001 - 2002

Seymour Christian Reformed Church, deacon, 2004 - 2007

Volunteers in Service, Board of Directors, 2009 - present

News & Publications

Presentations

Presenter, Legal Issues for Agricultural Cooperatives, Michigan Executive Cooperative Conference, January 27, 2014

Panelist, M&A Roundtable, Birmingham, MI, October 2, 2013

Panelist, Real Estate and Family Owned Businesses, West Michigan Family Business Alliance, August 7, 2013

Panelist, M&A Roundtable, Grand Rapids, MI, May 16, 2013

Panelist, 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

Publications

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

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
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