Foley & Lardner, founded in 1842, is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The firm is ranked by IFLR1000 in Florida (where it has offices in Miami, Tallahassee, Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville) and Wisconsin (where it also has an office in Madison). Other US offices include Dallas, Detroit and Denver, and the firm also has offices in Brussels, Mexico City and Tokyo.
Within Wisconsin, the firm has strong M&A and banking practices.
In M&A, the firm advised American Family Insurance Mutual Holding Company on its $1.05 billion agreement to acquire Ameriprise Auto & Home. The team also advised Plantronics, a telephone headset maker, on its $2 billion acquisition of Polycom and advised Quad/Graphics on its $1.4 billion acquisition of LSC Communications.
Godfrey Kahn, founded in 1957, is based in Milwaukee and also has offices in Madison, Appleton, Green Bay, Waukesha and in Washington DC. The firm is strong in M&A and has advised Camp Grove Bancorp on its acquisition by Katz Capital, advised Mason Wells on its acquisition of Eastpoint Sports and advised Digital Measures on its acquisition by Watermark.
Husch Blackwell stars in the middle and upper mid-markets spaces. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, the firm is a regional leader in the Midwest. However, the firm’s capabilities extend far beyond the middle of the country; Husch Blackwell also has offices in Austin, Texas, Chattanooga, Dallas, Washington DC, Houston, Phoenix, Sacramento and Denver.
Within Wisconsin, the firm has offices in Milwaukee and Madison and is strong in M&A, banking and real estate work.
Many of the firm’s banking deals took place within the real estate sector and involved construction loans for the development of retail centers. One example of the firm’s banking expertise is its advice to Merchants Automotive Group on a senior syndicated credit facility.
In M&A, the firm has worked in a range of sectors and has advised Riverside Food on the sale of its business, advised Zonal on its acquisition of Comtrex Systems Corporation (which designs sales software and ePOS hardware for the restaurant and hospitality industry) and advised SNF Holding Company on the acquisition of a chemical logistics facility from Carbo Ceramic.
The firm’s real estate team has been active on construction loans, property acquisitions, leasing work, among other real estate deals, over the research period. The firm advised a client on the 20-story 633 Building in downtown Milwaukee, advised Highland Development and The Davis Companies on a $180 million 10-property portfolio sale and helped Seritage Growth Properties with its redevelopment of the Sears-West Towne site in Madison, Wisconsin.
The firm strengthened its banking practice with the hire of Derek Taylor from Michael Best over the research period.
“The firm does excellent work. They are knowledgeable and have a wide breadth of expertise. Though their hourly rates may be higher than other firms, their efficiency results in a lower bill. They sometimes seem to take on too much work and are unable to meet deadlines.” – Banking
“The firm had a very good grasp of the overall deal and how to protect our future needs. I am not aware of anything needing improvement.” – Real estate
“Consistently excellent service is received from firm at a reasonable overall cost.”- M&A, Real estate
“Brad is a very well rounded attorney. He understands the legal and business side of the deal. Very efficient and great to work with.”
“Hal is one of the best, if not the best, attorneys in the market when it comes to real estate and law in general. He is a great teacher and works efficiently. He is my go-to person. I can't say enough about his skill set.”
“Richard is our "go to" guy for all matters. he has extensive knowledge and a breadth of experience.”