John practices in the area of mergers, acquisitions and dispositions.
John is a counsel in Fredrikson & Byron’s Corporate & Securities Group. A substantial portion of his practice also involves preparing and negotiating joint development, distribution, supply and licensing agreements; preparing private securities offering documents; and providing general legal counsel to corporate boards, special board committees and management.
Represented Medtronic, Inc. in numerous acquisitions of publicly-traded companies, including ATS Medical, Arterial Vascular Engineering, Sofamor Danek and Bio-Medicus.
Represented Medtronic, Inc. in numerous acquisitions of privately-held medical device companies, including Invatec, CoreValve, Setagon, PercuSurge, PS Medical and AneuRx.
Represented Medtronic, Inc. in numerous equity investments in private companies, distribution agreements, drug-device joint development agreements, supply agreements and technology licensing agreements.
Represented medical device company, Spiration, in its sale to Olympus Medical.
Represented K&W Medical Specialties and Energy Solutions International in their sales to private equity buyers.
Represented Porous Media in its sale to Pentair.
Represented management group in its leveraged buy-out of Bepex International from Hosokawa.
Represented The Pillsbury Company in numerous acquisitions of private companies or divisions, including Heinz Bakery Products, McGlynn’s Bakeries and DCA Bakeries division of Kerry Group Plc.
Represented The Pillsbury Company in numerous international transactions, including formation of Pacific Star, S.A. de C.V. joint venture (Mexico), formation of joint venture with Foodcorp. (South Africa) and acquisition of Knack und Back business (Germany).
Represented The Pillsbury Company in numerous sales of subsidiaries and/or businesses, including: Flour Milling and Special Commodities Division to Cargill, Inc.; St. Louis Lithographing to SLL Acquisition Co.; and McGrew Color Graphics to Jefferson/Keeler Printing Company.
Represented First Team Sports, Hespeler Hockey and others in negotiation of celebrity endorsement agreements.
Represented Minnesota Twins in attempted sales of ballclub to North Carolina investment group and to St. Paul, Minnesota investment group.
Represented Red Owl Stores in sales of its wholesale grocery business and retail grocery stores to Super Valu Stores, Inc.
Clerk, Justice John E. Simonett, Minnesota Supreme Court, 1985-1986
Minnesota State Bar Association, Business Law Section
Hennepin County Bar Association, Securities Section, Corporate Counsel Section