Brett M. Larson

Attorney

Minneapolis

612-672-3649

blarson@messerlikramer.com

Assistant: Jaimi Dittmer

612-672-3636

Profile

Brett Larson is a Shareholder and Chair of the Minneapolis Division. In addition to managing his practice, Brett oversees all business operations of the Minneapolis Division, which is comprised of the Corporate and Estate Planning, Banking and Finance, Commercial Real Estate, Business Litigation and Family Law Practice Groups. Brett also serves as a member of the Firm Board of Directors.

Brett focuses his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate organization and reorganization, international transactions and succession planning for businesses and business owners. Brett serves as outside general counsel to many U.S. based businesses in the lower middle and middle markets. 

Brett understands that his clients need to make important decisions quickly, which is why he is always available to provide direction and discuss any questions or concerns they may have. His clients know that he is in their corner in the way that he advocates for their interests while advancing his client’s overarching business goals in an efficient and cost effective manner.

Representative Experience
  • Represents a $4 billion growth-fund in all mergers and acquisitions across the United States.

  • Represents international medical device and biotech company in negotiating and managing business transactions, equity funding transactions and corporate organizational matters domestically and in Germany, France, and the United Kingdom.

  • Represents international biotech company in negotiating and managing business transactions, equity funding transactions and corporate organizational matters, domestically and in Singapore, India, Hong Kong, South Korea, and China.

  • Represents international software company in negotiating and managing business transactions and corporate organizational matters domestically and in Australia, Austria, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom, including software development agreements, EULAs, SAAS license agreements and supply agreements.

  • Represents Minnesota based manufacturer of water systems, and industrial and commercial cleaning and sanitizing equipment, in negotiating and managing business transactions, equity funding transactions and corporate organizational matter, domestically and in Germany, Holland, and the United Kingdom.

  • Represents large Minnesota-based machinery manufacturer in negotiating and managing business transactions, domestically and in Germany.

  • Represented owners in tax planning related to $84 million sale of anesthesiology practice.

  • Represented as corporate counsel multiple medical clinics, practice groups and physicians related to succession planning and general corporate transactions.

  • Represented family practice group in recapitalization transaction with one of the largest HMOs in the country.

  • Represented medical device company in reverse inversion transaction, reorganizing the company for regulatory, tax and investor purposes from a one-entity structure to a five-entity structure across three countries, including a joint venture with the University of Wisconsin and $50 million equity funding transaction.

  • Represented biotech company in an inversion transaction, reorganizing the company for regulatory, tax and investor purposes, from a one-entity structure to a seven-entity structure across six countries, including a $25 million equity funding transaction.

  • Represented French company as lead U.S. counsel in a $500 million acquisition of another French company and its New York subsidiary. 

Publications & Presentations

Publications 

Presentations 

  • Co-Presenter, “Mergers & Acquisitions of Pass-Through Entities: Structuring to Minimize Taxes & Maximize Deal Value” – Strafford, November 8, 2018
  • Panelist, “M&A Pulse: Tax, Legal and Planning Trends” – Minneapolis Club, October 3, 2018
  • Presenter, “Overcoming Common Challenges in M&A” – National Business Institute Live Video Webcast, April 18, 2018
  • Presenter, “Drafting and Negotiating the Purchase Agreement” – National Business Institute Live Video Webcast, April 18, 2018
  • Co-Presenter, “Mergers and Acquisitions From Start to Finish” – National Business Institute Live Video Webcast, April 18, 2018
  • Presenter, “The Partner Mindset: Accountability and Leadership” – 2018 Path to Partnership Institute, Minnesota CLE, April 12, 2018
  • Co-Presenter, “Using LLC’s to Protect Assets” – National Business Institute Live Video Webcast, August 29, 2017

  • Co-Presenter, “Piercing the Corporate Veil: Minimizing Alter Ego Liability for Subsidiaries, Affiliates and Related Entities” – Strafford, June 8, 2017

  • Co-Presenter, “Top LLC Mistakes in Asset Protection and Estate Planning” – National Business Institute, May 24, 2017

  • Panelist, “Are Trusts Appropriate for Your Transportation Business?” – Webinar, February 28, 2017

  • Presenter, “Top LLC Mistakes to Avoid in Everyday Business Practices” – National Business Institute, February 7, 2017

  • Presenter, “Drafting Shareholder Agreements for Closely Held Businesses” – Clear Law Institute, November 2016

  • Presenter, “The Ultimate Guide to LLCs as Asset Protection Tools” – National Business Institute, February 2016

  • Presenter, “Drafting Shareholder Agreements for Closely Held Businesses” – Straffordpub, November 2015

  • Presenter, “Parent-Subsidiary and Related Business Entity Law” – National Business Institute, November 2015

  • Presenter, “Minnesota’s LLC Makeover – Increased Certainty Heightens LLCs’ Appeal” – Minnesota CLE, September 2015

  • Presenter, “Estate Planning, Financial Planning & Asset Protection for Business Owners” – Oak Hills Golf Club, July 30, 2015

  • Presenter, “Minnesota’s New LLC Law” – Ramsey County Bar Association, June 2015 

  • Presenter, “Estate Planning and Asset Protection: Protecting the Family Lake Cabin and other common Minnesota estate planning issues” – Minnesota CLE, Anoka, April 2014

  • Presenter, “Changes to the Minnesota Limited Liability Company and Corporate Law” – Minnesota CLE, Excelsior, May 2014

  • Lecturer, “Dodd-Frank Act, amendments to Sarbanes-Oxley, and other shifts in both Federal and Minnesota law in reaction to the financial crisis of 2008” – Ham & Eggs Club of Minnesota, Edina Country Club, 2013

  • Lecturer, “Schooled for Scandal: How Public Scandals and Political Responses Are Changing the Corporate Landscape” – Dorsey & Whitney, 2012

  • Lecturer, “Review and Discussion of Advising Minnesota Corporations and Other Business Organizations” – Minneapolis Club, 2012

Professional & Community

Admissions 

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota

Associations 

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Corporate Law Committee, Member

Community Involvement 

  • Sunshine Memorial Foundation, Advisor to the Board of Directors
  • USS Minnesota, Honorary Commissioning Committee Member
Honors & Distinctions
  • Twin Cities Five Star Financial Services Professional , 2016

  • Up & Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer, 2015