Dean Edstrom has concentrated his practice in the areas of corporate, securities, mergers and acquisitions and international law throughout his career. For several years in New York and Paris, he was heavily involved in public securities offerings, financing arrangements, mergers and acquisitions and international transactions for major corporations, underwriters and banks, both domestic and foreign. In Minnesota, he has represented clients ranging from start-up businesses to major corporations and investment banking firms and has structured and completed a wide variety of transactions, including public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, venture capital financings, limited partnership offerings, exchange offers, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, distressed business restructurings and international transactions.
Public Companies and Securities: Dean has served as lead counsel to both issuers and national investment banking firms on equity and debt securities offerings ranging from initial public offerings to offerings by well-established New York Stock Exchange listed companies. His initial public offerings have included companies in the supercomputing, technology, healthcare, aviation, energy and real estate industries and one of those companies is today ranked among the top 20 companies in the Fortune 500. His experience includes rights offerings, exchange offers, leveraged buyouts and spin-offs. He has also provided strategic defensive planning and participated in the defense of companies subject to hostile takeover and proxy solicitation efforts. His securities compliance experience covers the full range of 1933 and 1934 Act matters (including Sarbanes-Oxley) and the establishment and registration of broker-dealer and investment advisory organizations.
Mergers and Acquisitions: Dean's experience in the mergers and acquisitions field has included a wide variety of transactions representing clients ranging from small privately held companies to major public corporations. These transactions have included direct and reverse triangular mergers, acquisitions and sales of assets and stock purchases. They have been structured as taxable and tax-free transactions and have been both private and subject to full securities registration and compliance. Dean’s clients have included buyers, sellers and financial advisors. The transactions, although predominately friendly in nature, have included hostile takeovers and defensive strategies. Industries represented in these transactions include light and heavy equipment, software, banking, energy and pharmaceuticals.
Corporate and Business: As principal outside counsel for clients, Dean provides advice to senior management and boards of directors and has served as special counsel for board committees in connection with securities compliance issues and transactions involving conflicts of interest among corporate stakeholders. His general corporate practice also includes advice on a wide variety of transactions and agreements, including joint ventures and product and intellectual property development and licensing agreements.
Emerging Companies and Private Capital: Dean has particularly enjoyed bringing his experience in large and sophisticated public transactions to the table on behalf of entrepreneurial and emerging enterprises. He has organized a variety of new entrepreneurial organizations and has assisted clients through multiple private and venture capital offerings, keeping them on track to an initial public offering or acquisition exit.
International: Dean’s experience in the corporate, securities and mergers and acquisitions fields has often been employed internationally, representing both domestic and foreign clients. With a degree in civil law, two years of practice in Europe and additional experience over the years, Dean has the ability to bridge differences of law, business practice and culture in structuring and completing transactions, which have included securities offerings, debt financings, cross-border acquisitions, joint ventures and licensing agreements.
Agribusiness, Energy and Biofuels: Dean’s practice has included representation of major cooperative clients and others in the public offering of several oil and gas limited partnerships, structuring short-term debt financing arrangements, providing financing for a large fertilizer plant in the U.S. and a dairy operation in Russia, and the sale of a cooperative controlled oil and gas exploration and refining company. He has provided advice to cooperatives in connection with private securities offerings, broker-dealer registrations, general compliance issues arising under the securities laws, and both friendly and hostile merger and acquisition negotiations.
In addition to his representation of cooperatives in the energy sector, Dean has represented large international petroleum companies in public securities offerings in the U.S. and completed mergers and acquisitions for international and public companies in petroleum refining, retail distribution and pipelines.
Dean has assisted in several public and private offerings of securities by ethanol and biodiesel development companies, negotiated financing, management, supply and offtake agreements for biofuels clients, represented both publicly registered and exempt ethanol and biodiesel producers in mergers and acquisitions, and provided representation before the Environmental Protection Agency on RINs issues.
Dean Edstrom earned his LL.B. and LL.M. (civil law) degrees at the New York University School of Law and studied French law at the University of Paris Faculty of Law. He received his undergraduate degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Various seminar and panel presentations and publications on topics including securities offerings, equity financing, the IPO process, mergers and acquisitions, international joint ventures and strategic alliances, project development and facilities co-location.
- Member of the American Bar Association (Sections on Business, Tax, Antitrust and International Law)
- Member of the Minnesota State Bar Association (Sections on Business, Communications, Computer and Technology, and International Business Law and the Corporate Counsel Section; Past Chair of the International Business Law Section)
- Member of the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce in Minnesota
- Member and former member of the Board of Directors of the Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce
- Former member of the Eden Prairie City Council
- Past President of the Eden Prairie Rotary Club
- Past District Governor of Rotary International District 595
- Former member of the Eden Prairie School District Facilities Study Commission, High School Building Committee and Referendum Citizens’ Committee (Co-Chair 2004)
- Former President (at formation) and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Eden Prairie Foundation
- Former member and Chair of the Board of Directors of the University Children’s Foundation (University of Minnesota)
- Former Deputy Representative of Amnesty International to the United Nations
- Current Husband, Daddy and Grandpa!