Attorneys Thomas Henke & Evan Berquist Join Fredrikson & Byron

June 22, 2015

Attorneys Thomas B. Henke and Evan C. Berquist have joined Fredrikson & Byron. Henke is an officer in the Compensation Planning & Employee Benefits and the Business & Tax Planning Groups. Berquist is an associate in the Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities and International Groups.

Henke is an experienced attorney, well-versed in helping a broad array of clients navigate the ever-changing Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation legal landscape. In the qualified retirement plan world, Henke has counseled clients on issues confronting traditional pension plans, cash balance plans, money purchase pension plans, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), 403(b) plans, 401(k) and profit sharing plans. In the health and welfare benefit realm, he regularly aids clients with health care reform, HIPAA, COBRA, FMLA, and a host of other tax and ERISA compliance issues. He also frequently counsels clients on non-qualified deferred compensation (including 409A issues) and equity compensation for executives, along with benefits and compensation issues relating to business transactions. In addition to traditional qualified plan work, Henke aids corporations dealing with common control issues, multiemployer plan withdrawal and plan terminations.

Berquist helps clients with merger and acquisition and financing transactions, as well as general corporate and real estate matters. He works primarily on mergers and acquisitions for a diverse set of clients, including startup and early stage companies, private equity investors, venture firms and multinational public companies. Evan is a 2011 graduate of Stanford Law School and is fluent in Spanish.

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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