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Matthew D. Rowe

Professional Experience

Matt practices primarily in the area of corporate finance and securities, mergers and acquisitions and related acquisition financings, and the representation of financial institutions in connection with regulatory and other matters. His recent transactional experience includes:

  • Representation of public companies in connection with meeting SEC periodic reporting obligations, including companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Representation of financial institutions in connection with branch sale and acquisition transactions, as well as financial institution sale and acquisition transactions that were structured as mergers and other stock transactions.
  • Representation of a bank holding company in connection with the organization of a de novo state bank and the related offering of securities necessary for capitalization.
  • Representation of privately held companies in connection with sales of assets to both public and private acquisition entities.
  • Representation of issuers in connection with private and public offerings of equity and debt securities.
  • Representation of borrowers, lenders, and loan participants in connection with financing transactions involving both secured and unsecured and senior and subordinated debt.
  • Representation of family-owned businesses in connection with a wide variety of general corporate matters.

Matt, a member of the firm's Board of Directors, also serves on the Board of Directors of Aspirus, Inc., which delivers comprehensive health care services through a network of hospitals and other facilities located in north central Wisconsin and upper Michigan.

Matt has served as an officer and director of a number of other community and civic organizations, and he currently serves as president and a director of the Dan Storey Foundation, Inc., a private philanthropic foundation. In addition, he is a member of the Advisory Board for the University of Wisconsin Law School & Entrepreneurship Clinic, which provides legal services to start-up businesses throughout the state of Wisconsin.

Education

  • B.A. (magna cum laude), University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire (1994); University Honors, Phi Kappa Phi
  • J.D. (cum laude), University of Minnesota Law School (1997); Minnesota Law Review, Managing Editor

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association - Business Law & Law Practice Division (1998 - Present); formerly member of Negotiated Acquisitions Committee, Banking Law Committee, and Federal Regulation of Securities Committee
  • State Bar of Wisconsin - Business Law Section Member (1997 - Present); Working Group on Wisconsin Uniform Securities Act (2002 - 2007); Director (2009 - Present)
  • Marathon County Bar Association

Admitted to Practice

  • Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

Professional Recognition

  • Best Lawyers in America®, Corporate Law (2010 - present)
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers®, Rising Star (2007)

Professional Activities

  • Meritas - Primary Contact; Member of Finance Committee; Board Member (2014 - 2017)
  • Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions, Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy, Member (2017 - present) 
  • Wisconsin Law Foundation - Member (2016 - Present)
  • American Bar Foundation - Life Fellow (2017 - Present)

Civic Activities

  • Aspirus, Inc./Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Inc. - Director (2009 - present)
  • Dan Storey Foundation, Inc. - Director and President (2004 - present)
  • Grand Theater Foundation, Inc. - Capital Campaign
  • Wausau Country Club - Board Member

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