Attorney Biographies

Michael D. Thompson
Direct Dial: (319) 248-1270

Michael is a seasoned corporate and transactional attorney that regularly represents public companies with respect to mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and securities law matters, key contracts and commercial transactions, and general corporate matters.  His clients include public companies in the defense and aerospace, transportation, and manufacturing industries.  Michael also has significant experience with international transactions.

Michael advises investors in startups and established businesses, as well as buyers and sellers of privately held companies.  He is often retained in connection with transactions that are a primary focus of his client’s business, either because of the dollar amount involved, the crucial nature of the subject matter or for risk mitigation reasons.  Michael provides general legal advice regarding matters that can arise in the ordinary course of business such as an insurance claim gone awry or a disgruntled employee, or difficulties with obtaining the proper permits or receiving an unexpected notice from a taxing authority.

In addition to his U.S. transactional experience, Michael acted as U.S. counsel to a Belgian client in a partial demerger transaction, represented a UK client in multiple strategic acquisitions of U.S. companies, assisted another UK client in a divestiture of its U.S. portfolio company and closed a sale of a privately-held company to a U.S. stock exchange. Michael represented a UK-based public company in its acquisition of a majority stake in a U.S. publicly-traded company, coupled with a contemporaneous initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange. He represented the seller in a two-step tender offer/short form merger, and represented the buyer in a $300 million life insurance company acquisition that included negotiations with state insurance regulators. Michael’s broad M&A experience, both domestic and international, provides a strong foundation to approaching the issues that may be unique to your particular transaction.

His securities law experience includes counseling public companies with regard to their periodic reporting requirements, advising clients on new developments in securities law and facilitating private placements. Michael drafted one of the first Form S-1 registration statements to be filed under the SEC’s new securities offering reform rules that went effective in December 2005. He represented the buyer/majority shareholder in a Schedule 13e-3 going-private transaction and teamed with other attorneys to represent a Dow listed company in its $17.6 billion combined euro, dollar and sterling bond offering, which, at the time, was the largest corporate bond offering in debt capital markets history.

Michael sometimes assists clients with structuring joint venture transactions, including those involving international collaboration between a U.S. entity and a non-U.S. entity. He also advises clients on a litany of corporate governance issues and has helped clients form new business entities and implement a sound corporate governance structure.

He graduated with distinction from Iowa College of Law in 2001 and served as a note and comment editor on Iowa Law Review.  Before beginning his practice at Thompson & Thompson in 2011, Michael practiced corporate law for nine years at two of Chicago’s top law firms.