Gary L. Tygesson
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Gary L. Tygesson

Partner
tygesson.gary@dorsey.com

Overview

GARY HELPS PUBLIC COMPANIES MEET THEIR FINANCING OBJECTIVES BY ACCESSING THE CAPITAL MARKETS AND ADVISES ON CORPORATE GOVERNANCE, SHAREHOLDER ACTIVISM AND SEC COMPLIANCE MATTERS. 

Gary is a partner in the Capital Markets and Corporate Compliance Group with extensive experience advising public companies on a wide range of securities financing, reporting and compliance matters. Gary also regularly advises clients and their Boards of Directors with respect to corporate governance, SEC compliance, public company disclosure, shareholder activism and executive compensation.  Gary served as Co-Chair of the firm-wide Corporate Group from 1997 to 2002 and as a member of the Firm's Management Committee from 1997 to 2002. 

Education & Admissions

Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1980), Editor, Northwestern University Law Review

Northwestern University (B.A., Political Science, 1977), Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • Minnesota

Experience

Representative Clients

  • General Mills, Inc.  
  • Imation Corp.
  • Otter Tail Corporation
  • St. Jude Medical, Inc.
  • SUPERVALU INC.

Representative Transactions

  • $75 million at-the-market equity program for Otter Tail Corporation commenced in May 2015.
  • €500 million 1.00% Senior Notes due 2023 and €400 million 1.50% Senior Notes due 2027 issued in April 2015 for General Mills, Inc.
  • Contested proxy election for Imation Inc. in 2015.
  • $350 million 7.75% Senior Notes due 2022 issued in November 2014 for SUPERVALU Inc.
  • $500 million 1.40% Senior Notes due 2017 and $500 million 2.20% Senior Notes due 2019 issued in October 2014 for General Mills, Inc. 
  • $250 million Floating Rate Notes due 2016 and $500 million 3.65% Senior Notes due 2024 issued in January 2014 for General Mills, Inc. 
  • €500 million 2.10% Senior Notes due 2020 issued in November 2013 for General Mills, Inc. 
  • $250 million of tack-on Floating Rate Notes due 2016 issued in October 2013 for General Mills, Inc. 
  • $400 million 6.75% Senior Notes due 2021 issued in May 2013 for SUPERVALU Inc. 
  • Tender Offer for 8.00% Senior Notes due 2016 in May 2013 for SUPERVALU Inc. 
  • $250 million 0.875% Notes due 2016, $250 million Floating Rate Notes due 2016 and $500 million 4.15% Senior Notes due 2043 issued in January 2013 for General Mills, Inc. 

News & Resources

Articles

2016 Proxy Season Review: Shareholder Proposals
INSIGHTS: Corporate Securities Law Advisor, Board Refreshment
SEC Issues Guidance to Tighten Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Board Refreshment: Investors Respond to Trends in Mandatory Retirement Age and Tenure with More Stringent Voting Policies
Companies Accelerate Adoption of Proxy Access as SEC Continues to Grant No-Action Relief
SEC Grants No-Action Relief on Proxy Access Proposals
ISS and Glass Lewis Update Policies for 2016 Proxy Season

News & Press Mentions

Dorsey Partners Edelman, Marsalek and Tygesson Named BTI 2016 Client Service All-Stars
Dorsey Partners Edelman, Marsalek and Tygesson Named BTI 2016 Client Service All-Stars
Dorsey Partner Gary Tygesson Named a Top Lawyer for Client Service
Dorsey Partner Gary Tygesson Named a Top Lawyer for Client Service
45 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis and Fargo Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016 and Best Lawyers of the Year
45 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis and Fargo Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016 and Best Lawyers of the Year
Dorsey & Whitney Named Capital Markets Law Firm of the Year-North America by Lawyers World Law
Dorsey & Whitney Named Capital Markets Law Firm of the Year-North America by Lawyers World Law
Dorsey & Whitney Named Capital Markets Law Firm of the Year-North America by Lawyers World Law
105 Dorsey Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 and Best Lawyers of the Year
105 Dorsey Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 and Best Lawyers of the Year
105 Dorsey Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 and Best Lawyers of the Year

Insights

Seminar Playback: SEC Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules: What's New? Compliance and Potential Consequences

Events & Speaking Engagements

Shareholder Activism Update: The “New Normal”

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Board of Directors, Feed My Starving Children
  • Pro Bono Counsel, Second Harvest Heartland and Hunger Free Minnesota
  • International Justice Mission

Accolades

Gary L. Tygesson - Best Lawyers' Lawyer of the Year 2014 - Corporate Governance Law, Minneapolis 

 

  • Named Best Lawyers Minneapolis Corporate Governance Lawyer of the Year, 2014
  • Named one of “America’s Leading Business Lawyers” by Chambers USA, 2007-2010
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America©, 2007-2016
  • Named to BTI Client Service All-Star Team for Law Firms, 2003, 2008 and 2016
  • Named in Who's Who in Legal USA - Corporate Governance, 2006
  • Named a Minnesota Super Lawyer, 2003, 2009-2010

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  • MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2012-2015
Gary L. Tygesson