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Leigh-Erin Irons, shareholder and co-chair of Fredrikson & Byron’s Private Equity Group, was named a “40 Under 40” honoree by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal (MSPBJ). Annually, MSPBJ honors 40 young leaders under the age of 40 that have accomplished much in their professional lives while also giving back to the community. At the firm, Irons was recognized for her leadership of the Private Equity Group, the Counsel for Women Group and the Recruiting & Hiring Committee. She was also recognized for her long-standing commitment to serving and supporting a wide variety of public interest groups such as Touchstone Mental Health, the Neighborhood Development Center and The Advocates for Human Rights’ Liberian Truth and Reconciliation project. Irons was among more than 600 nominees.

“Leigh-Erin Irons … will be instrumental in leading the firm in the coming years,” said Mary Ranum, Chair of the firm’s Board of Directors. “She has been and will continue to be critical to the development and growth of the private equity practice at Fredrikson & Byron.”

Irons provides practical advice as she partners with private equity funds and mezzanine lenders on mergers, acquisitions, sales and other strategic transactions to close deals in the most efficient manner possible. Whether it’s negotiating key deal documents, executing closings, mapping out negotiating strategy or implementing post-transaction transitions, Irons helps her clients manage all aspects of an acquisition, sale or investment with a solutions-oriented approach. She has experience closing transactions in a wide array of industries including industrial manufacturing, automotive, rail, life sciences, energy and oilfield services. She also represents clients on private securities offerings and a wide array of general corporate issues that arise in their day-to-day operations. Irons has a deep commitment to pro bono work. She advises many micro-entrepreneurs on general business issues and represents clients seeking asylum.

Fredrikson & Byron is a 275-attorney law firm based in Minneapolis, with offices in Bismarck, Des Moines, Fargo, St. Paul, Monterrey, Mexico, and Shanghai, China. Fredrikson & Byron has a reputation as the firm “where law and business meet”. Our 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 Follow us on LinkedIn and on Twitter @FredriksonLaw.


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