Jonathan B. Abram

Jonathan B. Abram




Jon also guides clients through the increasingly complex compliance standards of contemporary corporate governance, national securities exchanges and SEC disclosures and regulations. A partner in Dorsey’s Corporate group, Jon leads cutting-edge debt and equity securities offerings, advising public and private companies as well as investment banks. Jon’s offering experience ranges from venture capital and initial public offerings to shelf registrations, registered direct offerings and Rule 144A convertible note offerings. In over 30 years of practice, Jon has advised clients on offerings for issuers in technology, medical devices, healthcare, food and agriculture, banking and financial services, manufacturing and industrial products, energy, transportation and restaurants. Jon regularly advises clients on implementing corporate governance best practices, complying with SEC public company regulations, addressing difficult disclosure issues and responding to capital markets regulators. Jon frequently speaks and writes on capital markets and SEC compliance topics.

Education & Admissions

Boston College Law School (J.D., 1986), cum laude
Case Editor, Uniform Commercial Code Reporter Digest, 1984-1986

University of Chicago (M.A., Economics, 1984)

Carleton College (B.A., 1980)


  • Minnesota


Representative Transactions

  • Assisted The Mosaic Company, the world’s leading producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients, in raising $2 billion through a public offering of three tranches of Senior Notes
  • Helped Best Buy Co., Inc., a multinational e-commerce and physical retailer of consumer electronics, complete a $500 million public offering of Senior Notes
  • Guided Donaldson Company, Inc., a worldwide manufacturer of filtration systems and replacement parts, in a $150 million private placement of Senior Note with subsidiary guarantees to a group of institutional investors
  • Advised Heartland Financial USA, Inc., a multi-bank holding company, on a Rule 144A offering of $75 million principal amount of Subordinated Notes and subsequent registered A/B Exchange
  • Represented UnitedHealth Group in a $3 billion public offering of Senior Notes
  • Completed numerous initial public offerings and listings of common stock in various industries, including technology (Lawson Software), medical devices (AngioDynamics), manufacturing (Pemstar), financial services (eFunds) and restaurants (Buffalo Wild Wings)
  • Assisted Lawson Software, a global provider of enterprise software, in a $240 million Rule 144A offering of Convertible Senior Notes
  • Teamed with Dorsey M&A colleagues on a successful dual-track strategy – company sale/IPO – that resulted in the sale of Transport America, Inc.

News & Resources

Select Presentations

  • “The State of Capital Markets,” November 2011

Industries & Practices

  • Banking
  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • Emerging Companies
  • Energy
  • Executive Compensation
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Health Care
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Board of Directors, American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, Chair of the Development Committee
  • Supervising Attorney, Business Law Clinic, University of Minnesota Law School


  • Named "Minneapolis Lawyer of the Year" in Securities and Capital Markets Law by Best Lawyers©, 2016
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America©, 2007-2012, 2014-2018
  • Rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Recognized by Global Law Experts as “IPO Transactions Law Firm of the Year in Minnesota – 2016”

North Star Lawyer

  • MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2014
  • Listed as a Minnesota Super Lawyer, 2008, 2010
Jonathan B. Abram