Dykema, a Detroit-based national law firm, today announced that it is expanding into Wisconsin with a capital markets team and office in Milwaukee.
The incoming capital markets team is an integrated and seasoned group of M&A, securities, finance, and health care attorneys including Kate Bechen, who will serve as the office managing member. The office will be located in the Milwaukee Center at 111 E Kilbourn Ave.
“We’re thrilled to announce our expansion into Milwaukee and welcome this multidisciplinary team to our Business Services Department,” says Len Wolfe, chair and CEO. “Given our strong presence in the Midwest, we’ve looked at opportunities to move into markets that are home to a number of Fortune 500 companies and large private businesses and that align with our platform from a cultural, practice, and client representation perspective.
“Very soon after meeting this talented team we understood they would be an excellent fit for our platform and our existing client base, while also creating opportunities for additional growth in the region and nationally.”
The incoming team joins from Husch Blackwell and, in addition to Bechen, includes Steven Laabs, Andrew Frost, Jessica Zeratsky, Julie D’Angelo, Robin Lehninger, and Eric Lenzen.
“It’s exciting to add an energetic team of this caliber to our practice,” says Jin-Kyu Koh, director of the Business Services Department at Dykema. “The team is nimble, and the sophistication and scope of their practice, and their diverse client base coming from nearly every sector with varied needs from small domestic deals to large multinational transactions, complements the work being performed by our corporate finance group.
“Our lawyers in key practice areas such as M&A, securities, employee benefits, real estate, lending, L&E, and antitrust consulting will no-doubt embrace near-term opportunities to collaborate on behalf of our clients.”
The capital markets team focuses their practice on six core verticals (buying, selling, financing, securities issuance, insurance, and investment) and counsels a wide range of clients that all engage in these activities.
Those clients include public and private entities, private equity groups, bank and non-bank lenders, insurance companies, family offices, and high-net-worth individuals. The team focuses on transactional matters including strategic M&A, specialty and health care M&A, M&A involving special purpose acquisition companies, finance transactions, cross border transactions, transactions involving private equity, venture capital and emerging companies, family offices, fund formations, and initial public offerings.
“Our clients are based across the country and operate around the globe and require a law firm that supports the most sophisticated corporate needs while maintaining a pragmatic value-driven approach,” says Bechen. “We have found that at Dykema and we are making this move in furtherance of our unwavering commitment to those clients.
“It was quickly clear that Dykema offers both a best-in-class practice platform and culture that shares our values of teamwork, service and collaboration. As the firm continues to cement its presence in Milwaukee, we look forward to deepening our bench of talented attorneys and supporting an ecosystem that empowers us to best serve our clients and their growth.”