Overview

Mike Stanchfield is a leading deal lawyer who has collaborated with clients on transactions ranging from the middle market to many billions of dollars. He advises companies on mergers and acquisitions, tender offers, corporate governance, takeover preparedness, and general corporate counseling.

Mike represents public and private companies as strategic buyers and sellers in acquisitions in a variety of industries.

In the area of corporate governance, Mike counsels public companies and their boards on oversight responsibilities, board and committee structures, and fiduciary duties. He also helps clients respond to activist shareholders and defend against proxy contests. 

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Minnesota

Clerkships

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Hon. James B. Loken, 1995-1996

Education

Harvard University
J.D. magna cum laude (1995)

University of Minnesota
B.A. summa cum laude (1992)

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association — Business/Professional Corporations Committee (Chair)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association — Business Law Section (Former Chair)

Honors

  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Mergers & Acquisitions, 2009-18
  • The Best Lawyers in America — Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2008-17 (Minnesota Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year, 2015)
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business — Corporate/M&A, 2008-18
  • The Business Journal — Forty Under 40, 2005
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