Fredrikson & Byron acted as legal counsel for Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. (CSI) (Nasdaq: CSII), a medical device company focused on developing and commercializing innovative interventional treatment systems for vascular disease, in its public offering of 3,000,000 shares of its common stock, at a price to the public of $30 per share. The net proceeds to CSI from the sale of the shares were approximately $84.5 million. The offering closed on November 26, 2013. Fredrikson’s legal team included attorneys Robert Ranum, Alexander Rosenstein and Amanda Schmall and paralegal Lori Cobb.
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Fredrikson & Byron is pleased to announce that Nikola L. Datzov has joined the firm’s Litigation group. Datzov assists clients with a wide range of general, commercial and intellectual property law disputes. Prior to joining Fredrikson & Byron, he served as a law clerk to U.S. Magistrate Judge Leo I. Brisbois in Duluth, Minnesota. Prior to attending law school, Datzov worked for an international technology and business consulting company, assisting Fortune 50 companies in complex technology projects and initiatives.
Fredrikson & Byron is pleased to announce that attorney Robert M. Oberlies has joined the firm in its Shanghai office as an officer in the Private Equity, Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions Groups. Oberlies has over 10 years of experience leading complex international transaction for global companies, including advising on several of the largest M&A deals between China and North America. He has extensive experience advising companies on anti-corruption and related compliance issues, conducting internal investigations and helping to design and implement effective compliance programs. Oberlies has experience in a broad range of industry sectors, including energy (conventional and renewable), medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and other bio-tech, agribusiness, logistics and automotive. He has counseled U.S. and European clients on China’s anti-monopoly laws, customs disputes, and Chinese labor and employment issues, including the areas of collective bargaining, layoffs and equity incentive compensation.
Attorney Thomas R. Wilhelmy was named the 2013 Corporate Tax Attorney of the Year for the United States of America by Lawyer Monthly, a news website and monthly legal publication with more than 108,000 subscribers covering legal news around the world.
Fredrikson & Byron acted as legal counsel for Arno Therapeutics, Inc. (OTCQB:ARNI), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of oncology therapeutics, in its $30.7 million financing and recapitalization.
Fredrikson & Byron has been named a Tier 1 Metropolitan “Best Law Firm” in 27 practice areas by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in 2014.
Fredrikson & Byron is pleased to announce that attorney Matthew J. Barber has joined the firm’s Litigation and Oil & Gas Groups in Bismarck as an associate. Barber graduated cum laude from the University of North Dakota School of Law. He will litigate and advise on issues arising from the oil and gas industry in North Dakota. His practice will focus on property disputes.
Fredrikson & Byron is pleased to announce that attorney David E. Winkler has joined the firm as an associate in the Mergers & Acquisitions, Emerging Business, Securities and Investment Management Groups. Winkler assists both public and private companies in all aspects of mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity securities offerings, securities compliance and general corporate matters. He also represents venture capital funds, angel investors and emerging growth companies in convertible note, series seed, Series A and late stage financing transactions. Winkler works out of the firm’s Minneapolis office and is currently licensed to practice in Nebraska.
Fredrikson & Byron is pleased to announce that Ryan Johnson, Catherine London and Debra Schneider are the recipients of Cancer Legal Line’s (CALL) Advocacy Award. The Advocacy Award was created to recognize an individual or individuals exemplifying the role of an advocate in the lives of those in need. Johnson, London and Schneider were chosen to receive CALL’s first Advocacy Award for their outstanding pro bono work with the organization’s clients. The award was presented at CALL’s 6th Annual Gala at The Van Dusen Mansion on September 19.
Fredrikson & Byron acted as legal counsel for Medtronic, Inc., a global leader in medical technology headquartered in Minneapolis (NYSE: MDT), in its sale of the Pioneer Plus™, diagnostic ultrasound transducer and percutaneous catheter, to Volcano Corporation (Nasdaq: VOLC), a leading developer and manufacturer of precision guided therapy tools designed to enhance the diagnosis and treatment of coronary and peripheral vascular disease. The sale was formally completed on August 30, 2013. Fredrikson’s legal team included Ann Ladd, Carrie Rosenberry, Ron Garber and Eric Malinowski.
Fredrikson & Byron is pleased to announce the recognition of Kristy L. Albrecht (Employment & Labor), Lawrence Bender (Energy & Resources) and Todd E. Zimmerman (Business Litigation) as 2013 Great Plains Super Lawyers and Benjamin J. Hasbrouck (Business/Corporate) as a 2013 Great Plains Rising Star. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. Great Plains Super Lawyers includes attorneys from North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska.
Fredrikson & Byron acted as legal counsel for Medafor Inc., a biotech firm based in Brooklyn Center that makes a plant-based material that can quickly control bleeding, in its sale to C. R. Bard Inc. for $200 million plus potential milestone payments of up to $80 million. Fredrikson’s legal team included attorneys John Houston, Ryan Miest, Joseph Schauer, Debra Linder, Benjamin Backberg and paralegal Kristi Nickles.
Fredrikson & Byron attorney Rhona Shwaid was named a Life Sciences Star for the second year in a row in 2013 in LMG Life Sciences magazine. Shwaid is the only attorney from the Twin Cities recognized as a Life Sciences Star in the Finance & Transactional category. Shwaid is a life sciences attorney with mergers & acquisitions, commercial law and in-house counsel experience.
Fredrikson & Byron is pleased to announce that Benjamin A. Backberg has joined the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity & Venture Capital, Securities, Life Sciences and Corporate Groups. Backberg advises clients in mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings and day-to-day general corporate and compliance matters. He represents corporations, private equity firms and investment banks in a wide range of transactions, including, on the M&A side, public and private acquisitions and dispositions, leveraged buyouts, mergers, recapitalizations and private company minority investments, and, on the financing side, debt and equity offerings and venture capital fund raising. He has worked on transactions for public and private companies ranging in size from more than $2 billion to under $2 million.
Fredrikson & Byron is pleased to announce that attorney William P. Pearce received the 2013 Walt Odegaard Leadership Award from the North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations (NDANO). NDANO presented the organization’s North Dakota Nonprofit Awards on June 5 at the Nonprofit Leadership Conference in Fargo, North Dakota, to recognize the exceptional efforts of individuals and organizations working to strengthen communities and enhance the quality of life. The award aims to recognize a person with a long-term commitment to leadership, volunteerism and philanthropy. To be eligible, an individual must have more than 15 years of leadership experience and must have made a difference by strengthening North Dakota’s nonprofit sector.
Fredrikson & Byron has elected 16 new shareholders: James C. Brand, Amy L. De Kok, Elizabeth M. Dunshee, William L. Guy III, Lousene M. Hoppe, Douglas W. Kassebaum, Eric O. Madson, Laura L. Myers, Norah E. Olson Bluvshtein, Timothy M. O’Shea, Sara M. Reisdorf, Howard A. Roston, Mark D. Savin, Kevin S. Spreng, Karen Sandler Steinert and F. John Williams III.
Fredrikson & Byron is pleased to announce the recognition of 54 attorneys by Best Lawyers©, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers© has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers© is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly 5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel Magazine has called Best Lawyers© “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”
Fredrikson & Byron is pleased to announce the recognition of eight attorneys as “Lawyers of the Year” by Best Lawyers®2014. Best Lawyers, the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession, designates “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal practice areas in large U.S. legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each metropolitan area is being honored as a “Lawyer of the Year” for 2014. Best Lawyers® compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.
Fredrikson & Byron was named one of 50 “Best Law Firms for Women“ by Working Mother & Flex-Time Lawyers for the third consecutive year. This award recognizes firms nationwide that are leaders in attracting, retaining and promoting women lawyers. Firms were measured by their workforce representation; time off and leaves; child care; flexibility; leadership, compensation and advancement of women; and development and retention of women. The recipients of the 2013 Best Law Firms for Women award were announced in the August/September issue of Working Mother magazine.
Fredrikson & Byron acted as legal counsel for Talon Therapeutics, Inc. (OTCQB:TLON), a biopharmaceutical company based in South San Francisco, California, in its acquisition by Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NasdaqGS: SPPI). Fredrikson’s legal team included Christopher Melsha, Scott Dorfman, Debra Linder and Ingrid Culp.
Fredrikson & Byron acted as legal counsel for Tile Shop Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTS), a specialty retailer of manufactured and natural stone tiles, setting and maintenance materials and related accessories, in its public offering of common stock by certain shareholders. The offering closed on June 10, 2013. Fredrikson’s legal team included John Houston, Alexander Rosenstein, Andrew Nick, Elizabeth Dunshee, and Kristi Nickles.
Fredrikson & Byron acted as legal counsel for Techne Corporation (NASDAQ: TECH) (Techne) in its $104 million acquisition of Bionostics Holdings Limited.
Fredrikson & Byron attorney Kevin C. Riach was named a Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. The Policy Fellows program offers practical training in public affairs leadership for emerging and mid-career leaders seeking new experiences and skills. The nine-month leadership and professional development experience equips participants with core leadership competencies to inspire, organize and work effectively with others to advance the public good. Each year, approximately 35 leaders from government, the private sector and nonprofit organizations from around the state are selected through a competitive application process. The program is housed in the Humphrey Institute’s Center for the Study of Politics and Governance.
Attorney Amber S. Brown Named to Lawyers of Color’s Hot List for Early- to Mid-Career Minority Attorneys in the Midwest Region
Attorney Amber S. Brown was recently named to the inaugural Lawyers of Color Hot List. Lawyers of Color named 100 early- to mid-career minority attorneys under the age of 40 who excel in the legal profession and are from the Midwest Region to receive this honor. Honorees will be profiled in Lawyers of Color’s inaugural Hot List Special Issue in July 2013.
Minnesota Lawyer has selected Fredrikson & Byron associate Amber S. Brown as one of twenty-one 2013 Up & Coming Attorneys by Minnesota Lawyer. Attorneys who receive this award are selected because of their professional accomplishments during their first 10 years of practice. Honorees were nominated by colleagues, supervisors and their peers. Brown will be recognized at a luncheon held on September 18, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis.
Fredrikson & Byron and Northwestern University School of Law: Collaboration results in first legal manual for attorneys representing those facing death penalty around the world
The Minneapolis law firm of Fredrikson & Byron and the Center for International Human Rights (CIHR) at Northwestern University School of Law have published the first international law manual, “Representing Individuals Facing the Death Penalty: A Best Practices Manual.” The manual, which is written in connection with Death Penalty Worldwide, provides lawyers with legal arguments and strategic guidance in representing individuals facing the death penalty around the world.
Fredrikson & Byron is pleased to announce that 15 attorneys were named ‘Rising Stars 2013’ by Minnesota Super Lawyers, an achievement received by no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in Minnesota each year. Rising Stars are nominated by their peers, and must be 40 years of age or younger or have practiced law for 10 or fewer years. An attorney-led research team reviews the credentials of potential candidates and assigns points based on a set of defined evaluation criteria. To maintain a diverse and well-balanced list, the research team also takes into consideration factors such as firm size, practice area and geographic location.
Attorney Christina Brusven Elected Member of Minnesota State Bar Association’s Public Utilities Law Section
Attorney Christina K. Brusven was elected to the Minnesota State Bar Association’s (MSBA’s) Public Utilities Law Section. She will serve a two-year term beginning on July 1, 2013. The MSBA’s Public Utilities Law Section provides a forum for discussion of regulatory and other issues affecting public utilities and provides opportunities for continuing legal education in this specialty field. Section members are active in the area of public utility regulations in Minnesota.
Fredrikson & Byron is pleased to announce the recognition of several attorneys by Super Lawyers, an achievement received by no more than five percent of lawyers in Minnesota per year.
Fredrikson & Byron is pleased to announce that Erik A. Splett has joined the firm’s Minneapolis office as an associate in the Business & Tax Planning Group. He assists clients in a variety of corporate matters and on a wide range of tax issues arising in all stages of the business cycle. Splett graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School with his J.D. in 2012 and Northwestern Law School in 2013 with a L.L.M. in Taxation.
Fredrikson & Byron attorney Richard H. Kyle, Jr., was named President-Elect of the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA). The office, which he assumed July 1, maintains Kyle on track to become the MSBA President during the 2014-15 bar year.
Fredrikson & Byron is pleased to announce Leah D. Leyendecker as the 2013 recipient of the Fredrikson & Byron Foundation Minority Scholarship. This is the 21st year of the foundation’s minority scholarship program, which is typically awarded each year to an exceptional first-year minority law school student. The Fredrikson Foundation awarded $10,000 for the 2013 scholarship. Leyendecker is currently enrolled in the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis. She expects to earn her J.D. in May 2015, and earned a B.A. in Business Administration-Communications with Minors in both Communication and Journalism and Spanish from University of Saint Thomas in St. Paul in May 2010.
Small Business Owner in Rochester Successfully Defends Name Against Trademark Bullying by Brooks Brothers
Last week, Brooks Brothers of New York City dismissed its case against Bubbles By Brooks, a Rochester, Minn., maker of handcrafted soaps that are designed to reduce skin irritation to cancer patients as they go through therapy.
Fredrikson & Byron is pleased to announce the recognition of 63 attorneys for being named North Star Lawyers by the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA). North Star Lawyers are MSBA members that have provided 50 or more hours of pro bono service in 2012. In 2012, over 740 MSBA members made the commitment to serve low income Minnesotans last year and delivered over 87,000 hours of pro bono service.
Fredrikson & Byron P.A. is pleased to announce that its Fargo office was honored for being a Business/Organization that Empowers Women at the 40th Annual YWCA Cass Clay Women of the Year event on Monday, April 29, 2013. The Women of the Year event celebrated 30 of the most influential and impactful women and businesses in the Cass-Clay community. Fredrikson was recognized for its award winning pro bono work, ranking third highest in percentage of women partners among the nation’s 250 largest law firms, having an above national average number of female partners, being named a Top 100 Law Firms for Women and providing a family-friendly work environment.
Fredrikson & Byron Meets All Six Criteria for Women in Law Empowerment Forum’s Gold Standard Certification (WILEF)
For the second consecutive year, Fredrikson & Byron earned the “2013 Gold Standard Certification” by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF), for providing professional opportunities and leadership roles for equity women partners. Only 42 firms earned the WILEF gold standard in 2013. Fredrikson was one of only six firms to meet all six criteria. To earn WILEF’s criteria for Gold Standard certification, law firms with 200 or more practicing lawyers in the United States must have met four or more of the following criteria:
A Drop-In Legal Clinic for Veterans will take place Tuesday, June 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fargo Veteran Affairs Health Care System in Fargo, N.D.
Fredrikson & Byron Represents Magnetation LLC in $325 Million Senior Secured Notes Offering and $50 Million Senior Secured Revolving Credit Facility
Fredrikson & Byron acted as legal counsel for Magnetation LLC in its sale of an aggregate principal amount of $325 million senior secured notes and entry into a $50 million senior secured revolving credit facility. Magnetation LLC is a natural resources company that focuses on the design, development, construction and operation of facilities that produce iron ore concentrate from previously-abandoned iron ore waste stockpiles and tailings basins. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Jefferies LLC and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. served as joint book-running managers in the sale of senior secured notes. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. is the administrative agent for the credit facility, and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC served as the sole lead arranger and sole bookrunner.
Fredrikson & Byron attorney John Drawz was recently appointed to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission’s Advisory Committee on Rulemaking for Certificates of Need and Site and Route Permits for Large Electric Power Plant and High Voltage Transmission Lines. Drawz was appointed for his long term involvement in transmission regulatory work throughout the Upper Midwest.
Fredrikson & Byron is pleased to announce its rankings in the 2013 Edition of Chambers USA; America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. The rankings for law firms and individual attorneys are in bands from 1-6, with 1 being the best. There are further categories in which attorneys can be ranked as exceptional individuals. The qualities on which rankings are assessed include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment and other qualities most valued by the client.
Fredrikson & Byron is pleased to announce that attorney Barry Fernald was included on the Citywealth 2013 Leaders List as a Leading Lawyer in the International category. The Citywealth Leaders List is an annual printed and online guide to leadership in private wealth management. The list is intended to aid in the search for respected advisors and managers who have been recommended by peers within the private wealth management industry and their clients.
Attorneys Teresa Thompson and Norah Olson Bluvshtein were recently named 2013 Volunteers of the Year by FamilyWise, a non-profit dedicated to offering a comprehensive array of family strengthening programs to help families in the Twin Cities.
Fredrikson & Byron is pleased to announce that attorney Todd Taylor has been appointed to Algae Biomass Organization’s (ABO) board of directors. Seven new and re-elected members will serve on the board for the 2013-2015 term, joining the eight current board members. ABO’s board is comprised of representatives from industry sectors including academia, professional services, producers, technology suppliers, project developers and end-users who guide the organization’s outreach efforts to educate the general public, policymakers and overall industry about the benefits of algae to energy security, food production and sustainability.
Fredrikson & Byron has appointed these attorneys as new practice group chairs: Sean Kearney and James Snelson (Mergers &Acquisitions); Dulce Foster (White Collar & Regulatory Defense); Christopher Melsha and James Snelson (Life Sciences) and John Erhart (Tax Planning & Business Organization).
Fredrikson & Byron P.A. attorney Nena Fox received The (REAL) Power 50 Award from the Minnesota Business Magazine on Thursday, April 25. Fox was recognized for her leadership in law, business and non-profits. In addition to working as a real estate attorney, Fox is the founder and CEO of Global Robotics Innovation Park (GRIP), a research park and business incubator for the robotics industry in the Upper Midwest. She is also serving her second year as Chair of the Citizens League’s board of directors. For information on nomination criteria, visit: www.minnesotabusiness.com.
Fredrikson & Byron is pleased to announce that 10 attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers as Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota and are included in the April 2013 edition of Twin Cities Business. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.
Fredrikson & Byron was named Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year by the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM) for its work in helping foreign born Minnesotans in matters such as securing status for victims of crimes, naturalization, deferred action for young adults and board service. Fredrikson will be honored at the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota’s annual gala event on April 19, 2013.
Fredrikson & Byron is pleased to announce that Nena Fox received Finance & Commerce’s Progress Minnesota Award on April 16. Fox was recognized for her work as founder and CEO of Global Robotics Innovation Park (GRIP), a research park and business incubator for the robotics industry in the Upper Midwest. The Progress Minnesota Program was established to recognize individuals, entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations that are driving economic growth and development in innovative ways.