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Brett Koeller

Brett D. Koeller

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Brett Koeller

Brett Koeller is a shareholder in our Milwaukee office and co-chair of the firm’s Corporate Law Practice Group, which includes, among others, our firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity & Venture Capital, Securities, and Emerging Companies Practice Groups. Brett’s practice focuses primarily on buy-and-sell-side acquisitions, debt and equity financings, and general business law issues.

Brett’s transactional experience includes representative matters involving both strategic and financial buyers and public and privately-held sellers, as well as registered investment advisers and tribally-owned businesses. In addition to his broad experience as a transactional adviser, Brett regularly consults with clients on general corporate structure, contract, risk management and other business law concerns and in this manner acts as outside general counsel to a number of the firm’s privately-held clients.

Brett joined the firm in 2002 and served on the firm’s Associates, Marketing and Recruiting Committees before becoming co-chair of the corporate team.

Brett is a member of the Board of Directors of the Potosi Brewing Company, which supports and is wholly-owned by the Potosi Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, each located in his hometown Potosi, Wisconsin. Brett is a former member of the Steering Committee for the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference and has served as a panel moderator.

Representative Experience

Below is a listing of certain publicly disclosed M&A transactions.

A & A Manufacturing Co., Inc. - Sale to Audax Group and acquisition of Lead Screws International, Inc.

Ariens Company - Sale of its Stens Parts business to Arrowhead Electrical Products, a portfolio company of The Riverside Company

Baird Financial Corporation - Acquisition of Chautauqua Capital Management, LLC

Blackthorne Partners Ltd. - Acquisitions of Berlon Industries, LLC, Group Basis, LLC, Goeman’s Wood Products, Inc., Hughes Equipment Company, LLC, Design Specialties LLC and Schaefer Brush LLC; sale of Group Basis, LLC to TriCore Solutions; and formation of ManageCore LLC

Broadview Advisors LLC - Acquisition of investment advisory business and fund reorganization

Cleary Gull - Sale of Cleary Gull Wealth Management and Investment Advisory to Johnson Financial Group and split-out of Cleary Gull Investment Banking

Concordia University Wisconsin, Inc. - Affiliation and merger with Concordia University Ann Arbor

DataQuick Lending Solutions, Inc. - Acquisition of Rels Title, LLC - Majority sale to Rotunda Capital Partners

ExactBid LLC - Acquisition of Narrative1 Software

Frank Beverage Group - Acquisition of Beer Capitol Distributing

Frontegra Asset Management, Inc. - Sales of investment advisory businesses and fund reorganizations

Goldner Hawn Private Equity - Acquisition of Mid Valley Industries, LLC

Heavy Duty Ramps LLC - Sale to, a portfolio company of Rotunda Capital Partners

Management of California Products Corporation (CPC) - Sale of CPC by Delos Capital to Audax Group

Marshall & Ilsley Corp. - Acquisitions of Delta Asset Management, First Indiana Corp., Taplin, Canida & Habacht, Inc. and Trustcorp

MetalTek International, Inc. - Acquisition of Sandusky International Inc. and Mackson Inc.

Northern Engraving Corporation - Sale to Lawrence Automotive Interiors

Northern Star Industries, Inc. - Sale of BOSS Snowplows Division to The Toro Company

Northern Wire LLC - Sale to Elgin Fastener Group, LLC

Northland Stainless, Inc. - Sale to Samuel Manu-Tech (U.S.) Inc.

Potawatomi Business Development Corporation - Acquisition of Redhawk Network Engineering, Inc. by existing portfolio company and Milwaukee Data Center Project

Progeny, Inc. - Sale to Midmark Corporation

R & B Wagner, Inc. - ESOP recapitalization

ReGENco LLC - Sale to Toshiba International Corporation

Schneider Logistics - Sale of Schneider Logistics Europe s.r.o. to ExlService Holdings, Inc.

Sportsman Channel, Inc. - Sale to InterMedia Partners

StoneRiver National Flood Services, Inc. - Acquisition of Division of Computer Sciences Corporation

Super Steel Products Corp. - Management Buy-out, Ownership Transition and Financing Matters

TEC Midwest - Sale to Vistage International

UMB Fund Services, Inc. - Acquisition of Managed Account Solutions business of J.P. Morgan Worldwide Securities Services

United Milwaukee Scrap LLC - Combination with Schulz’s Recycling, Inc.

U.S. Bancorp Fund Services LLC - Strategic alliance with TS Capital, LLC

Wacker Neuson Corporation - Acquisition of Ground Heaters, Inc.

W.T. Walker Group Inc. - Sale of Walker Forge Tennessee to Bharat Forge Ltd.

Ward Adhesives, Inc. - Sale to Ellipse Capital

WhiteLight Group LLC - Sale to Venture Technologies and management rollover

Admitted To Practice

Wisconsin - 2002

Professional Associations

American Bar Association
Milwaukee Bar Association
State Bar of Wisconsin


Potosi Brewing Company Board of Directors


Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2018 - present)

Recognized as a Wisconsin Rising Star (2011 - 2016)

Recognized as a Wisconsin Super Lawyer (2018 - present)

Recognized by Chambers USA (Corporate/M&A, 2021)


Juris Doctor, University of Michigan Law School, 2002, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Michigan Law Review

Bachelor of Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1999, Political Science and International Relations, with honors

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Milwaukee, WI
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Madison, WI

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