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C.J. Wauters

C.J. Wauters

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C.J. Wauters

C.J. is a shareholder in the Milwaukee office and Co-Chair of the firm’s Corporate & Securities Practice Group. He focuses on the representation of public companies with respect to offerings of debt and equity securities, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and securities law compliance matters. He also has experience relating to private securities offerings and general corporate and fiduciary matters.

While in law school, C.J. served as an intern for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Anne Walsh Bradley. 

Representative Experience

Accuray Incorporated—Local counsel in connection with $277 million acquisition of TomoTherapy Incorporated

Alliant Energy Corporate Services, Inc.—$75 million private placement of senior notes

Appleton Papers Inc.—$810 million ESOP buy-out of Arjo Wiggins Appleton p.l.c.; $335 million debt refinancing transaction

ARI Network Services, Inc. —$4.6 million secondary offering of common stock; representation in successfully concluded proxy contest

Associated Bank Corp—$155 million senior notes offering; $65 million offering of preferred equity/depositary shares; $500 million senior and subordinated notes offering; $100 million offering of preferred equity/depository shares

First Business Financial Services, Inc.—Acquisition of Aslin Group, Inc. (Alterra Bank); $15 million private placement of subordinated notes

County Bancorp, Inc.—Initial public offering

Kohl’s Corporation—$650 million senior notes offering

ManpowerGroup Inc.—Acquisition of Right Management Consultants, Inc.; Euronote offerings

Marshall & Ilsley Corporation—$4.1 billion acquisition by Bank of Montreal; $1.7 billion TARP financing; $1.4 billion in aggregate equity financings; Acquisitions of Mississippi Valley Bancshares, Inc., Gold Banc Corporation, Inc., and First Indiana Corporation; Separation from Metavante Corp.

Marshall & Ilsley Trust Company—Asset purchase and sale transactions

Midwest Air Group, Inc.—Defense of hostile offer by AirTran Holdings, Inc.; Subsequent sale to TPG Capital, L.P.

Modine Manufacturing Company—$86 million secondary offering of common stock

Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated—Underwriter’s counsel in secondary offerings of common stock of Douglas Dynamics, Inc., Commercial Vehicle Group Inc., Rosetta Stone Inc. and Sonic Foundry, Inc.

School Specialty, Inc.—Sale to Bain Capital Partners, LLC (terminated); $200 million convertible subordinated debt offering; $157 million convertible subordinated debt exchange; $270 million credit facility refinancing

Shopko Stores, Inc.—Sale to Goldner Hawn Johnson & Morrison Inc. (terminated); Subsequent sale to Sun Capital Partners, Inc.

Wisconsin Power and Light Company—Wisconsin counsel in connection with $250 million debentures offering

Admitted To Practice

Wisconsin - 2001

Professional Associations

American Bar Association
State Bar of Wisconsin


Neighborhood House - Board Member


Listed in Best Lawyers (Corporate Law, 2019)

Recognized by BTI Consulting Group as Client Service All-Star (2018)

Recognized as a Wisconsin Rising Star (2009, 2012 - 2013)


Juris Doctor, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2001, cum laude (Member, Wisconsin Environmental Law Journal)

Bachelor of Arts, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, English

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