Stephen P. Charbonnet




Assistant: Barbara McCoy



Stephen Charbonnet practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, finance, securities, venture capital, private equity, intellectual property and general business counsel. Stephen represents clients of all sizes in a wide variety of transactional matters, including technology licensing, joint ventures, strategic alliances, medical technology, healthcare and other commercial transactions. He has authored several articles, lectured on various business and finance issues and taught corporate finance as an Adjunct Professor at William Mitchell College of Law. Prior to moving to Minneapolis, Stephen practiced in the Silicon Valley office of a national law firm and the Los Angeles office of a public finance law firm.

Representative Experience

Mergers & Acquisitions / Corporate Reorganizations

  • Company counsel to the U.S. subsidiary of a Korean semiconductor manufacturer in connection with the sale of its disk drive media subdivision.

  • Company counsel to a direct marketer of life insurance products in connection with a strategic restructuring to reorganize its business units and spinoff its technology business into a separate company via a shareholder dividend.

  • Counsel to the selling parties for a privately-held domestic defense industry manufacturer in its $70M acquisition by a publicly-traded United Kingdom defense industry manufacturer.

  • Company counsel for the sale of a privately held scanning technology company to a publicly traded buyer.

  • Represented a privately held snack food company in the sale to a private equity fund.

  • Counsel to a professional staffing agency in connection with general corporate matters and corporate restructuring issues.

Finance and Securities

  • Outside general counsel to an agricultural software company in connection with a 25% preferred stock investment position and subsequent company sale.

  • Company counsel to a leading provider of end-to-end workflow processing infrastructure solutions in connection with an approximately $11 million Series E investment.

  • Company counsel to an automated web search software company for an aggregate $12 million Series A investment.

  • Investor Counsel to a leading information management software company in connection with a Series C investment structured partially in cash and partially as a product license.

  • Counsel to a robotics startup company in connection with multiple private investments and access to state angel investment tax credit program.

  • Outside general counsel to a developer of wind energy projects nationwide, including finance, real estate, regulatory and general corporate matters related thereto.

  • Counsel to a real estate developer in connection with various residential and commercial projects in the Bakken oil fields area of North Dakota.

Joint Ventures / Strategic Alliances

  • Company counsel to a Fortune 500 company for the joint development with another Fortune 500 company of new technology, including the commercialization, distribution and manufacturing of related products.

  • Counsel to a leading global medical device company regarding structuring partnership programs, distribution and marketing services and commercialization of research and development.

  • Counsel to a startup software developer for various joint venture and strategic alliance transactions related to development and commercialization of its proprietary contact management software.

General Business Counsel

  • Company counsel to global manufacturer of test and sensor equipment.

  • Counsel clients regarding corporate governance and commercial transactions, including various contractual, regulatory and operational matters.

  • Act as corporate secretary at board and shareholder meetings and assist in maintaining and managing corporate records.

  • Assist clients in structuring and documentation of initial capitalization and company structures.

  • Counsel clients regarding executive and employee compensation programs including restricted stock grants, employee stock purchase plans, stock option grants and stock option plan administration.

Publications & Presentations


  • Co-Presenter, “Preparing Your Startup for Investment” – Twin Cities Startup Week, Messerli Kramer, October 2018
  • Adjunct Professor, “Corporate Finance” – William Mitchell College of Law, Spring 2012
  • Guest Lecturer, “Typical Considerations in Forming and Financing Startup Companies” – William Mitchell College of Law, June 2010 and September 2010
Professional & Community


  • Minnesota
  • California