Ken Cutler
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Ken Cutler

Managing Partner
cutler.ken@dorsey.com

Overview

KEN HAS BEEN HELPING EMERGING COMPANIES WITH THEIR FINANCINGS, BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE, AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND OTHER LEGAL NEEDS FOR OVER 40 YEARS. HE ALSO ADVISES CLIENTS WITH RESPECT TO POSSIBLE TRANSITION STRATEGIES, RANGING FROM PUBLIC OFFERINGS TO SALES TO STRATEGIC BUYERS.

Ken is the Managing Partner of the firm and a member of the Management Committee.

Education & Admissions

University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1973), With Honors, Order of the Coif

University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (M.B.A., 1970)

University of Chicago (B.A., General Studies, 1970)

Admissions

  • Minnesota

Experience

Representative Clients

  • Zyga Technology, Inc.
  • The Scoular Company
  • NeoChord, Inc.
  • NxThera, Inc.
  • EnteroMedics, Inc.
  • Preceptis Medical, Inc.
  • Pramata Corporation
  • Monteris Medical Corporation
  • JobDig, Inc.

Representative Transactions

Ken is known for his business acumen and the practical insights he has derived from decades of experience. Among other things, he served as lead attorney on the following matters:


  • Represented RapidEngines, Inc. in its sale to SevOne
  • Represented MediaBeacon, Inc. in its sale to Esko, a division of Danaher
  • Represented Celleration, Inc. in its sale to Alliqua BioMedical for $30.4 million
  • Represented Jobs2Web, Inc. in its sale to SuccessFactors, Inc. for $110 million
  • Represented Amcom Software, Inc. in its sale to USA Mobility, Inc. for $163 million
  • Represented Atritech, Inc. in its sale to Boston Scientific Corporation
  • Represented CHF Solutions, Inc. in its sale to Gambro Corporation
  • Represented EnteroMedics, Inc. in its $44 million initial public offering
  • Represented Integrated Decisions and Systems, Inc. in its sale to SAS Institute, Inc.
  • Represented The Scoular Company in the sale of its fuel ethanol subsidiary
  • Represented Endocardial Solutions, Inc. in its sale to St. Jude Medical, Inc. for $273 million
  • Represented Arbortext, Inc. in its sale to Parametric Technology Corporation for $190 million
  • Represented Amcom Software, Inc. in a series of acquisitions
  • Represented Pulmonetic Systems, Inc. in its sale to ViaSys Holdings, Inc. for $98.5 million
  • Represented PeopleNet Communications Corporation in its sale to Norwest Equity Partners
  • Represented Restore Medical, Inc. in its $32 million initial public offering
  • Represented Atritech, Inc. in its $30 million Series E venture financing
  • Represented Acorn Cardiovascular, Inc. in its $22 million venture financing
  • Represented EnteroMedics, Inc. in its $45.2 million venture financing
  • Represented Atritech, Inc. in its $22.5 million Series D venture financing
  • Represented Cardiac Concepts, Inc. in its $21 million Series B venture financing
  • Represented Softscope Medical Technologies, Inc. in its sale of assets to Fujifilm Corporation

News & Resources

News & Press Mentions

48 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis and Fargo Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 and 2017 Lawyers of the Year
Dorsey Represents Underwriters in Tactile Medical IPO
Super Lawyers Recognizes 37 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
Chambers USA 2016 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices in Minnesota
Chambers USA 2016 Ranks Dorsey Lawyers and Practices
Senior General Mills Lawyer Returns to Dorsey
Dorsey Managing Partner Ken Cutler Comments on Healthy Minneapolis Legal Sector
45 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis and Fargo Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016 and Best Lawyers of the Year
Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
Chambers USA 2015 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices in Minnesota
Law Firms Find Strong Footing In Minneapolis Market
Dorsey Managing Partner Ken Cutler Weighs in on M&A Mania in Minneapolis
Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
Chambers USA 2014 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices in Minnesota
Chambers USA 2014 Ranks Dorsey Lawyers and Practices
Dorsey & Whitney Named Capital Markets Law Firm of the Year-North America by Lawyers World Law
Dorsey Partner Ken Cutler comments on the Minneapolis legal sector in The National Law Journal
Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
Chambers USA 2013 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices in Minnesota
Ken Cutler Named To Lead Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Events & Speaking Engagements

19th Annual Minnesota Venture Finance Conference
Emerging Growth Company Conference
The Life Science Industry Comes of Age: Emerging Growth Firms Meet the Challenge
18th Annual Minnesota Venture Finance Conference
17th Annual Minnesota Venture Finance Conference
Minnesota Venture Capital Conference

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Board of Trustees, Minneapolis Institute of Arts (2014 – present)
  • Board of Directors, Minnesota Orchestral Association (2005-2014)
  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Minnesota Zoo (2012-2013)
  • Board of Trustees, Minnesota Zoo (2002-2014)
  • Board of Directors, Minneapolis Club (2008-2013)

Accolades

Ranked In - USA Chambers and Partners 2016 - Leading Individual   Top Ranked - Chambers USA 2015 - Leading Individual 

Kenneth L. Cutler - Best Lawyers' Lawyer of the Year 2012 - Corporate Law, Minneapolis

  • Named one of "America's Leading Business Lawyers" by Chambers USA (Corporate/M&A), 2002-2016
  • Listed as a Minnesota Super Lawyer, 2003-2016
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America©, 2006-2017
  • Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers©, 2011
Ken Cutler