Brett M. Larson

Attorney

Minneapolis

612-672-3649

blarson@messerlikramer.com

Assistant: Jaimi Dittmer

612-672-3636

Profile

Brett Larson is a Shareholder with Messerli Kramer and is Chair of the Business Services group which oversees the Corporate, Banking & Finance, Commercial Real Estate, Estate Planning and Intellectual Property & Technology practice groups.  Brett focuses his practice in the areas of corporate governance and succession planning; mergers and acquisitions; domestic and international transactions for businesses; and estate planning and asset protection for business owners and high-net-worth individuals. Brett’s multidisciplinary experience provides a unique perspective and yields a more integrated approach to corporate transactions, succession planning, and estate planning. 

Brett serves as outside counsel to businesses of all sizes—from Minnesota-based start-ups and small businesses to large global corporations. Having represented numerous clients in business disputes, he leverages his experience and background as lead-counsel in a broad range of complex litigation and transactional settings to develop sound business and legal strategies aimed at avoiding litigation, and having a well-prepared plan when necessary.  

Brett serves on the firm’s Board of Directors and as an advisor to the boards of multiple non-profit organizations.

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 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 another French company and its New York subsidiary. 

Publications & Presentations

Publications 

Presentations 

  • 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

  • Lecturer, “Business Law Practicum” – William Mitchell College of Law, 2009

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