Fredrikson & Byron has called Minnesota home since it began serving clients in 1948. Located in downtown Minneapolis, Fredrikson & Byron is at the center of Minnesota's vibrant business community. Our firm has grown along with the community, from three attorneys in a state with a population of just under 3 million people, to 250-plus attorneys in a state of nearly 5 million people today.
Attorneys in our Minneapolis office practice across all of our service and industry areas including banking, corporate, employment, healthcare, intellectual property, international, litigation, real estate, securities, and tax. We serve a broad range of clients, including multinational corporations, public companies, privately-held businesses, entrepreneurs, government agencies, and family businesses. Our attorneys also work with individuals on estate planning, family law, and immigration matters.
Fredrikson & Byron's consulting subsidiary, Fredrikson Healthcare Consulting, is also headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Fredrikson & Byron’s Iowa office serves clients in Iowa, as well as businesses expanding to Iowa. Through our international offices and affiliations, our attorneys licensed to practice in Iowa and with substantial experience in issues affecting Iowa businesses, and our vital connections to Iowa’s business and broader communities, we provide clients in Iowa with a broad range of services from international and securities to mergers & acquisitions and health law. Our attorneys have written for, spoken at, or belong to a variety of Iowa organizations and associations including the Iowa State Bar Association, Iowa Department of Economic Development, Greater Des Moines Partnership, Iowa Medical Management Association, Iowa Hospital Association, and Iowa Medical Society.
Steve Dickinson oversees the Iowa office. Steve has practiced law in Iowa for over 25 years and represents both Iowa-based companies and businesses from around the world with ties to Iowa. Other firm attorneys also work with Iowa clients and in the Iowa office as needed.
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1200 Valley West Drive
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Fredrikson & Byron’s Bismarck office focuses primarily on representing clients in the energy industry. As the sixth largest energy producer in the country, North Dakota has a strong presence within the industry, and having an office in the state provides Fredrikson’s clients with immediate access to important connections and developments.
Attorneys in the Bismarck office combine their expertise with that of the attorneys in Fredrikson & Byron’s Minneapolis office to represent electric utilities, independent power producers, gas and oil pipeline companies, oil and gas exploration companies, wind developers, ethanol and biodiesel producers, and other participants in the energy sector. Our clients rely on our substantial experience in managing the development, financing, acquisition, and divestiture of large energy assets.
We also represent clients in many other industries and areas, often drawing on the depth and breadth of attorneys in our neighboring Minneapolis headquarters. Fredrikson & Byron is a sponsor of the North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO); through our work with the NDTO and the state’s business community, we are helping to grow the state’s economy through export. We were the recipient of the NDTO's 2006 International Business Resources Award in recognition of our continued commitment to North Dakota's exporters.
Lawrence Bender heads the Bismarck office. Lawrence has deep roots in his home state of North Dakota and the Energy industry, and has practiced exclusively in the oil and gas industry throughout his career. He has served as Assistant Attorney General of the State of North Dakota and as Counsel for the North Dakota Industrial Commission, Oil & Gas Division, and the North Dakota Board of University & School Lands. This experience has given him first-hand knowledge of the regulation of oil and gas companies in the state.
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200 North Third Street
Bismarck, ND 58501-3879
Serving clients throughout the Red River Valley, North Dakota and northern Minnesota, lawyers in the Fargo office focus on a wide range of commercial law, matters including corporate and transactional work, banking, bankruptcy, business litigation, civil litigation, construction law and litigation, contracts, employment & labor law, health law, insurance, medical products litigation, mergers & acquisitions, real estate, structured finance, toxic tort law, trade secrets, and trusts and estates planning.
Our lawyers have deep roots in the Red River Valley and strong reputations in the Bar. By combining our local expertise and understanding, with the breadth and resources of a Midwest firm with international offices, we are uniquely qualified to tackle any legal issue for our clients.
The clients served by the Fargo office reflect the local and national character of the office. Many have roots firmly in the Red River Valley.
While our clients benefit from the access to the resources of a large, regional law firm, the personal, responsive nature of the services are distinctly local.
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Fargo, ND 58102-4970
Fredrikson & Byron's Mexico office was established to support our International Group's rapidly-growing Mexican and Latin American practice. Fredrikson & Byron is the only Minnesota law firm that has an office in Mexico. We primarily advise U.S. companies currently doing business in, or considering doing business in, Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America, and also represent foreign companies expanding to the U.S.
Our office is located in Mexico's third largest city, Monterrey, which is in the northwest region of the country. Encircled by the Sierra Madre mountains, Monterrey is home to 3 million residents and many of Mexico's largest companies. The city has hundreds of maquiladoras, which are factories where goods are assembled from parts made all over the world and then exported to the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Our Mexico office advises clients on a broad range of corporate and international matters ranging from corporate structure, tax, foreign investment, mergers and acquisitions, finance, contracts, securing debt, manufacturing (including setting up maquiladora programs), joint ventures, sales and distribution (including franchising). We also work extensively with real estate developers and individuals purchasing and/or developing real estate in Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America.
Patrick Kelly and Luis Reséndiz oversee the Monterrey office, drawing on their diverse cultural backgrounds and experience to counsel clients from Mexico doing business in the U.S. and from the U.S. doing business in Mexico. Having lived in both Spain and Mexico, Pat is fluent in Spanish and reads Portuguese. He also has strong ties to the region since his wife's family is from Monterrey, Mexico. Pat has advised clients doing business in Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America for 16 years. Luis, a native of Mexico, graduated from law school in both Mexico and Minnesota, and he is licensed and has practiced law for a number of years in both jurisdictions. His dual education and experience uniquely qualify him to advise individuals and companies performing cross-border operations. Other members of the firm's International Group will practice in Monterrey as needed.
Mergers and Acquisitions
- We helped a client buy a manufacturing facility in Tamaulipas, Mexico for several million dollars. We assisted the client on corporate structure, foreign investment issues, and customs and tax issues.
- We recently worked in a transaction in which our client acquired the quotas (membership units) of several companies in Brazil. This transaction involved the laws of several countries because the sellers were residents of different jurisdictions. We advised the client on all issues related to the acquisition, including corporate and tax issues, foreign investment, governmental permits and exchange controls.
- We have recently represented a client on the sale of stock of a company in Costa Rica.
Manufacturing and Distribution
- We provided legal advice to a client to set up a Maquila in Cd. Juarez, Mexico. We provided the corporate structure in the U.S. and in Mexico, filed all the documents necessary to obtain the maquila permit from the Mexican government, negotiated the Lease for the facilities in Juarez, and negotiated agreements with a shelter company. We provide on-going legal advice in multiple issues including customs, employment, and general contract issues.
- We have drafted distributorship and sales representative agreements for a client doing business in Mexico and several countries in the Caribbean.
Real Estate and Financing
- Manzanillo. We negotiated the initial acquisition of 530 acres of beachfront property in Manzanillo, Mexico. We also advised the client on tax and corporate structure, financing matters and have organized several operating and asset entities and have assisted the client in establishing the condominium regimes, and in obtaining federal, state and municipal permits for the construction of the project and the use of the beach.
- Playa del Carmen. Our client is building a 30-unit condominium complex on the beach in Playa del Carmen. We assisted the client with the land purchase, tax and corporate structure, contracts with contractors and with government approvals. This client has recently sold out its development and is negotiating to purchase other land in the Yucatan Peninsula.
- Isla Mujeres. Our client has purchased 6 acres on the beach in Isla Mujeres and will build single-family homes, duplex style two-level villas and condominiums. The client is investing up to $30,000,000. U.S. Once again, we assisted in negotiating the purchase of the real estate, the tax and corporate structure, the condominium regimes, the contracts with architects and contractors, and with contracts for the sale of the lots and the units. We have also assisted the client with structuring and obtaining the financing for the project.
- Cabo San Lucas/Commercial. Client is financing a commercial shopping mall development in Cabo San Lucas. We are advising them on the structure of the financing and proper securitization of the loan. This client is also reviewing other projects in Mexico.
- Puerto Vallarta. We represent a client who is purchasing a large tract of land near Puerto Vallarta from an ejido. We are reviewing the transaction with the ejido and overseeing the removal of the property from the Agrarian Registry and the registration of the property in the Public Registry of Property for private properties. We have also been asked to assist the client in real estate, corporate and other legal matters relating to the eventual development of the property.
- Tamaulipas. Client owns several large ranches which are the hunting destinations for high-end hunting vacations. We advise the client on corporate, labor and real estate matters in Mexico.
- Mexican Mortgages. We are advising several clients that are establishing or brokering portfolios to finance mortgages for U.S. citizens buying real estate in Mexico. We are advising the clients on financing, securitizing mortgages and on tax and corporate matters. One of the mortgage clients is also co-developing real estate in two locations in Mexico.
- Other. We represent numerous clients who have or are purchasing individual residential properties in Mexico for use as rental properties or for private second homes. These properties range in price from $200,000. U.S. to $5,000,000. U.S. For these clients, we typically assist in negotiating the terms of the purchase agreement, review title, assist in negotiating and drafting the trust agreements with trustees, and conduct or assist in conducting the closings with the notaries public in Mexico.
We represent a client on a large real estate development that will include a wide range of related services. The project has not yet been made public, but will involve several years of work. We are advising the client on various international laws affecting the development and the ancillary businesses, as well as on tax and corporate law.
We have advised a developer developing a villa project in Costa Rica, as well as a number of individuals who have purchased houses and condominiums in Costa Rica. We have advised the clients on real estate law, corporate and tax matters under Costa Rican law.
We have advised a number of individuals who have purchased houses and condominiums in Panama. We have advised the clients on real estate law, corporate and tax matters under Panamanian law.
Monterrey, Mexico Office:
Av. Batallon de San Patricio 109 Sur., Piso 6, #602
Col. Valle Oriente
San Pedro Garza Garcia, N.L. C.P. 66260
Fredrikson & Byron’s China office is located in Shanghai, the hub of China’s industrial technology and home to its largest commercial and financial center.
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Services for U.S. Clients Doing Business in China
We provide a broad range of services to serve our U.S. clients who have business dealings in China. We can assist them in all aspects of setting up Chinese operations including: mergers and acquisitions (including Chinese merger contracts); negotiating contracts; facilitating agreements; and locating business partners (buyers, sellers, suppliers). In addition, our services include support in tax issues (import/export, duties, etc.), real estate transactions, employment and immigration matters, and intellectual property issues (including patents, trademarks, and licensing). We can also provide guidance in dispute management, reviewing all court documents and facilitating arguments, sourcing private investigators to assist in investigations, and, when necessary, finding local counsel in China.
Services for Chinese Clients Doing Business in the U.S.
We offer our Chinese clients guidance on all manner of issues related to doing business in the U.S. For example, we can assist in setting up business operations in the U.S., real estate or land acquisition, drafting and negotiating contracts, purchasing assets or stock of U.S. Companies, financing (either through private offering or IPO), securing licensing agreements, employment issues (immigration, contracts, non-competes, union negotiations, training, etc.), dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy.
We feel that we can offer our clients unique resources that give them an additional edge in their U.S.-Chinese operations. For instance, our firm has strong relationships with trade offices throughout the United States, which work actively with various state governments to secure ties with Chinese businesses.
We work closely with Trade Office personnel on trade missions to China, traveling with various state officials and teams presenting seminars for both U.S. and Chinese businesses on expanding operations internationally. Our relationships with these and other highly regarded organizations provide us with additional resources and contacts for our U.S. and Chinese clients, streamlining entry into a new country and preventing problems before they arise.
Gentry Sayad heads the Shanghai office. Gentry is an international transactional attorney with a background in both general commercial and civil litigation. He speaks English, Mandarin Chinese, and French.
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Shanghai Representative Office
1508, One Lujiazui
68 Middle Yincheng Road
Pudong Shanghai 200120