Andrew R. Lauritzen is of counsel in the Corporate Practice Group in the Milwaukee office. In providing general business counsel to client firms, their executives and owners, he draws on a broad and diversified business law background that makes him uniquely qualified to address the spectrum of issues confronting business clients in the current legal environment.
Along with corporate finance, venture capital, antitrust and general business counseling, Andy’s experience includes numerous mergers and acquisitions. He has represented public and privately held companies in over 100 acquisitions or business sales in a wide variety of industries. As lead corporate counsel in a major acquisition involving two large Wisconsin firms, Andy was among the first to use the “cash merger” technique to acquire a publicly held company, and his acquisition documents were reproduced as model legal forms for such transactions.
Andy has prepared and implemented numerous franchise, representatives and distribution agreements. He organizes joint ventures, negotiates licensing arrangements for both “new” and “old” technology companies and helps structure venture capital and conventional financing, shareholder buyouts and compensation arrangements both for shareholder and non-shareholder managers. He also handles real estate and construction matters and counsels clients on distribution, marketing, executive compensation, ownership succession, corporate governance and other business issues.
In addition to public and family-owned firms, Andy advises many companies either wholly or partially owned by non-U.S. firms on the complexities of doing business in the United States. He also handles legal and tax issues relating to numerous corporate and family foundations and exempt organizations, including community foundations, public charities and several of Wisconsin’s largest private foundations.
ALK Abello, A/S (Denmark) - acquisition of Meridian Biomedical, Inc. from Hycor International.
ALK Abello, A/S - collaboration agreement with Maxygen, Inc. for the development of recombinant allergens.
ALK Abello, A/S - acquisition of Center Laboratories, Inc. and related technology license from Heska Corporation.
Chr. Hansen, Inc. - sale of assets of sweetner division to American Sugar Refining, Inc.
Chr. Hansen, Inc. - U.S. aspects of sale of Danish parent to PAI Partners.
Kaytee Products, Inc. - sale of company to Central Garden and Pet.
Little Rapids Corporation - sale of Potsdam paper mill division and related assets to Mead Corporation.
Little Rapids Corporation - leveraged redemption of majority shareholders.
Quaestech LLC - private placement and assistance with launch and initial transactions relating to establishment of Prolitec, Inc. as an early stage olifactory nanotechnology company.
R&B Wagner, Inc. - acquisition of J.G. Braun Company.
Admitted To Practice
Wisconsin - 1967
American Bar Association
State Bar of Wisconsin
YMCA Camp Manito - Wish - Former Board Member
Friends of Art - Former Board Member
Yale Association of Wisconsin - Member
Board Member of Several Clients' Businesses and Foundations
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Non-profit / Charities Law, 2007 - 2016; Lawyer of the Year, Non-profit / Charities Law, 2013, 2015)
AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
Bachelor of Arts, Yale University, 1964, Phi Beta Kappa
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), Harvard Law School, 1967