Morgan Helme
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Morgan Helme

Associate
helme.morgan@dorsey.com

Overview

MORGAN IS A TRUSTED BUSINESS ADVISOR, COUNSELING CLIENTS ON COMPLEX MERGER AND ACQUISITION TRANSACTIONS AND SERVING AS GENERAL COUNSEL FOR BUSINESSES WITHOUT LEGAL DEPARTMENTS.

Morgan’s practice centers around mergers and acquisitions, representing both buyers and sellers in a wide range of deal sizes. She has extensive deal experience in the healthcare, food/agriculture and energy industries. She also assists start-up clients in venture capital financings, provides general corporate counseling, and drafts and negotiates commercial contracts.

Morgan is vice chair of the firm's Food, Beverage & Agribusiness industry group. She has significant experience representing agribusinesses, food manufacturers and cooperatives in various transactions, including formations, member offerings, consolidations, and commercial contract negotiations.

Prior to joining Dorsey, Morgan served as a law clerk for a Fortune 500 food and agriculture company.

Education & Admissions

University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., Business Law Concentration, 2014), magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Notes and Comments Editor, Volume 98, Minnesota Law Review; Minnesota Law Review Outstanding Staff Publication Award (2013)

Chapman University (B.A., English and Journalism, 2010), cum laude with University Honors

Admissions

  • Minnesota

Experience

Representative Work

Mergers and Acquisitions

Food and Agriculture

  • Represented Land O'Lakes, Inc. in the merger of its crop inputs business with United Suppliers, Inc.
  • Represented Land O’Lakes, Inc. in its tender offer acquisition of Ceres, Inc., a biotechnology seed company
  • Represented natural food store cooperatives in acquisitions and strategic consolidations
  • Represented global communications company in acquisitions of agricultural software companies
  • Represented company in its divestiture of its reproductive technologies business

HealthCare

  • Represented Optum in acquisitions of numerous physician practices
  • Represented medical device company in strategic acquisition of surgical implant device company and related financing transactions
  • Represented UnitedHealth Group in the acquisition of an insurance provider
  • Represented UnitedHealth Group in the acquisition of a healthcare data science company
  • Represented American Eagle Instruments in its sale of the company to Young Innovations

Energy

  • Represented Xcel Energy in acquisitions of power plants
  • Represented various clients in acquisitions of wind projects

Other Industries

  • Represented Early Warning Services, LLC in its acquisition of clearXchange, LLC, the largest bank-owned digital payments network in the United States
  • Represented Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers in its acquisition of Leake Auction Company

Cooperatives

  • Represent clients in member loan and preferred stock offerings
  • Represent consumer and supply cooperative in commercial agreement negotiations
  • Represented natural foods cooperatives in strategic consolidation
  • Represented clients in formation of new investor-model cooperatives (i.e. Minnesota 308B cooperatives)
  • Assist clients in addressing organizational issues and compliance concerns

Commercial Contracts

  • Represent clients in drafting and negotiating supply, distribution, co-manufacturing, and other commercial agreements
  • Represent clients in vendor outsourcing agreements
  • Represent medical device companies in drafting and negotiating supply agreements and equipment loan and sales agreements

Emerging Companies

  • Regularly advise emerging companies on general corporate matters, including contract preparation and negotiation, corporate governance, and ongoing strategic matters
  • Represent emerging companies in venture financings, restructurings and start-up exits Represented privately held medical device company in its Series B preferred stock financing Represented privately held telehealth company in its Series A preferred stock financing

Pro Bono

  • Represent cooperatives and non-profits in commercial contracts, business formation and governance issues
  • Participate in Election Protection research and Election Day volunteer programs

Industries & Practices

  • Closely Held Businesses
  • Cooperative Law
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • Emerging Companies
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Healthcare
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Technology
  • Technology Commerce

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers

Accolades

Contributed 50+ Pro Bono Hours in 2020

  • Contributed more than 50 Challenge pro bono hours, 2020

     Diversity & Inclusion 50+ Hours 2020

  • Contributed more than 50+ Diversity hours, 2020

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  • MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2015-2017
Morgan Helme