Date: September 5, 2012
Contact: Kelly Griffith, Marketing Manager
Phone: (612) 492-7514
For Immediate Release
Fredrikson & Byron Announces New Shareholders
Minneapolis, MN September 5, 2012 – – Fredrikson & Byron has elected eight new shareholders: Katie L. Cole, Katherine J. Douglas, Benjamin J. Hasbrouck, Sten-Erik Hoidal, John R. Houston, Nola A. McNeally, Sjur Midness and Ryan G. Miest.
New shareholders from Fredrikson & Byron’s Minneapolis office:
Katie L. Cole is a shareholder with Fredrikson & Byron’s Real Estate and Energy Groups. She is an MSBA Board Certified Real Property Specialist. Cole provides clients with advice on primarily commercial transactions, including the acquisition, development, construction, and financing of properties. She also has broad leasing experience relating to retail, office, and industrial spaces, with a particular focus on medical office facilities. Cole’s energy practice focuses on project site control, including drafting and reviewing wind energy lease and easement agreements and completing the necessary title review and corrective work to achieve financeable site control. She represents wind and solar developers, landowner groups, investors and lenders.
Katherine J. Douglas is a shareholder with Fredrikson & Byron’s Health Law Group. She devotes a substantial portion of her practice to advising physicians, clinics, hospitals, and medical device companies in general corporate matters and transactions. She has represented both buyers and sellers in stock purchases and asset purchases, and has assisted in the structuring and negotiating of mergers, joint ventures, and other strategic partnerships among health care entities. Douglas also provides guidance to her clients on a variety of health law topics including regulatory compliance, Stark and antikickback issues, and Medicare & Medicaid reimbursement.
Sten-Erik Hoidal is a shareholder in Fredrikson & Byron’s Litigation Group. He has tried cases in state and federal court and represented client’s in appeals before various state and federal appellate courts. Hoidal’s practice focuses on trade secret/non-competition litigation, including matters involving corporate raiding, violations of nonsolicitation and noncompete agreements, violations of confidentiality agreements, and violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. He also has significant experience representing clients in real estate disputes, including matters involving construction defects, purchase and sales transactions, leases, mechanics liens, and zoning and conditional use permitting.”
John R. Houston is a shareholder in the Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate, Securities, Private Equity & Venture Capital, and Corporate Governance & Investigations Groups. Houston’s practice focuses on working with both public and private companies in a wide range of industries on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, securities, Board of Director duties, monetization of IP, and general corporate matters. His experience includes private and fully registered mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, leveraged and management buyouts, corporate restructurings, capital formation, public and private securities offerings, defensive advisory work, private equity and venture capital transactions, joint ventures, and strategic alliances. Houston serves as corporate secretary for public and private companies, advises senior management and Boards of Directors on a wide range of corporate issues, and assists sellers and buyers of businesses execute their transactions in an effective and efficient manner. He is also active in the M & A Jurisprudence Subcommittee and other subcommittees of the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee of the ABA’s Section of Business Law.
Sjur Midness is a shareholder practicing in the firm’s Bank & Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity groups. He represents a wide range of clients in financing transactions and mergers and acquisitions, including private equity firms, agents, borrowers, lenders and opportunity funds. Midness’ finance experience includes leveraged financing, real estate financings, mezzanine lending, warehouse lines, subscription facilities, loan restructuring, workouts, whole loan trading, pool transactions and syndicated debt transactions. His mergers and acquisitions experience includes financial institutions, holding companies, and private companies.
Ryan G. Miest is a shareholder in the Mergers & Acquisitions, Investment Management, Private Equity, and Internet, Technology & E-Commerce Groups. He represents high-growth and technology-savvy enterprises, from start-ups to Fortune 100 corporations, in complex transactions, corporate and commercial issues, and intellectual property matters. His transactional expertise includes public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, complex intellectual property transactions, and complex commercial relationships, in industries including retail, technology, life sciences, and financial services. His practice combines extensive transactional experience with a sophisticated understanding of intellectual property law. Miest also serves as outside general counsel to a number of clients, advising on corporate governance, debt and equity financings, intellectual property issues, and other matters.
New shareholders from Fredrikson & Byron’s Fargo, North Dakota office:
Benjamin J. Hasbrouck is a shareholder who specializes in complex business litigation and trial work. He has extensive experience handling a wide range of business and commercial cases involving contracts, business torts, bankruptcy, and shareholder and partnership disputes, as well as cases involving securities law, professional malpractice, personal injury, and wrongful death. Ben has represented business clients before state licensing and regulatory agencies, including in securities investigation and enforcement matters. He has also represented securities professionals before the NASD/FINRA. Ben also devotes time to representing indigent clients on a pro bono basis, having successfully represented a client seeking asylum in the United States, as well as having represented indigent criminal defendants as counsel appointed by the Federal Courts. Ben has spoken about litigation practice and procedure at Continuing Legal Education seminars.
Nola A. McNeally is a shareholder in the Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Securities Groups. She focuses her practice on assisting clients, primarily privately-held companies, in transactional matters, including structuring, financing and advising companies on general corporate matters. She has significant experience in Blue Sky securities law, and assisting private companies in raising capital. McNeally has represented both buyers and sellers in numerous mergers and acquisitions transactions for both private and public companies. Additionally, McNeally’s practice includes venture capital work, commercial banking and real estate. She also assists companies with local counsel opinions in financing transactions. McNeally’s commitment to her community is evident in her pro bono work where she has organized many non-profit corporations in the states of North Dakota and Minnesota.
Fredrikson & Byron is a 260-attorney law firm based in Minneapolis, with offices in Bismarck, Des Moines, Fargo, Monterrey, Mexico, and Shanghai, China. Fredrikson & Byron has a reputation as the firm “where law and business meet”. Attorneys bring business acumen and entrepreneurial thinking to work with clients, and operate as business advisors and strategic partners, as well as legal counselors. More information about the firm is available at www.fredlaw.com.