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Matthew D. Rowe

Professional Experience

Matt prides himself on taking a practical, “common sense” approach to addressing legal issues.  He focuses on a wide range of business transactional matters, including corporate finance and securities, mergers and acquisitions and related acquisition financings, and the representation of banks and other financial institutions in connection with regulatory 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 banks and other financial institutions in connection with branch sale and acquisition transactions, as well as “entire bank” transactions structured as mergers and other stock transactions.
  • Representation of privately held companies in a variety of industries 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 and other closely-held businesses in connection with a wide variety of general corporate matters.

 Matt is Vice President of Ruder Ware and a member of the firm’s Board of Directors.  He uses his leadership position to advocate for and position our young attorneys for leadership roles.  Matt’s leadership ability is recognized outside of the firm as well—he currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Aspirus, Inc., an integrated health system with approximately $1.3 billion of net patient revenue that delivers comprehensive health care services through a network of hospitals, clinics, and other facilities located in Wisconsin and upper Michigan.

The firm’s philosophy of giving back to the community and the legal profession has resonated with Matt, and he has served as an officer and director of a number of community and civic organizations during his career, including private philanthropic foundations such as the Dan Storey Foundation, Inc. and the Victor and Helen Geisel Foundation, Inc.  Matt has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for Meritas®, a global alliance of more than 180 business-focused law firms located in 87 countries around the world.

Matt currently serves as Chairman of the Wisconsin State Bar’s Business Law Section Board of Directors, and he is also a member of the Advisory Board for the University of Wisconsin Law School’s Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic, which provides legal services to start-up businesses throughout the state of Wisconsin.

Matt is happily married to his wife, Lori, and he is the proud father of three teen-aged daughters who “keep him on his toes” each day.  In his spare time (when he is not transporting his daughters to various activities), Matt is an avid reader who also enjoys golf and bow hunting.

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 - Section Member: Business Law; Law Practice Management
  • State Bar of Wisconsin - Section Member: Business Law; Law Office Management
  • 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

  • American Bar Association - Negotiated Acquisitions Committee, Banking Law Committee, Federal Regulation of Securities Committee
  • American Bar Foundation - Fellow
  • Meritas - Primary Contact; Member of Finance Committee (2013 - present); Board Member (2014 - 2017)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin - Business Law Section Member, Director; Working Group on Wisconsin Uniform Securities Act (2002 - 2007)
  • Wisconsin Law Foundation - Fellow

Civic Activities

  • Aspirus, Inc. - Director (2009 - present)
  • Dan Storey Foundation, Inc. - Director and President (2004 - present)
  • Victor and Helen Geisel Foundation, Inc. - Director (2017 - present)
  • Wausau Area Performing Arts Foundation, Inc. - Director and President (2009 - 2014)

 

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