Zachary J. Robins

Attorney

Minneapolis

612.672.3709

zrobins@messerlikramer.com

Assistant: Robby Tejeda

612-672-3638

Profile

Zach Robins is a Securities Attorney in the Business Services group who assists clients with capital raises and related financing work. Zach also specializes in investment crowdfunding and securities tokenization, creating new pathways for company capital raising and liquidity for investors. As a co-founder of MNvest.org, Zach was also instrumental in the creation of MNvest, a Minnesota law permitting investment crowdfunding for emerging businesses using registered online investment portals.

Prior to joining Messerli Kramer, Zach was an Attorney in the Securities & Corporate Finance group at Winthrop & Weinstine where he focused his practice on working with entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. Zach has also worked in M&A for a Fortune 500 managed health care company, and served as corporate counsel for a local investment bank.

Representative Experience
  • Represented a bank holding company in a private placement used to acquire a bank.

  • Represented a natural resource manufacturer in connection with a growth stage capital raise.

  • Represented an online retailer in connection with a venture capital raise.

  • Represented a food manufacturer in connection with a majority sale to a financial sponsor.

  • Represented a craft brewery in connection with a private placement.

  • Represented a nonprofit affordable housing builder in connection with a registered offering.

  • Represented a food packaging manufacturer with a recapitalization and growth capital raise.

  • Represented a non-traded public REIT with a private placement.

  • Represented an online software distributor in the sale of its legacy business.

  • Represented a state-chartered bank in connection with an acquisition of its nearest competitor.

  • Represented a registered representative in connection with joining a broker/dealer as a member.

  • Represented a medical device manufacturer in connection with an angel investment round.

  • Represented a real estate developer in connection with a registered offering.

  • Represented a non-traded public REIT in connection with an SEC-registered offering.

  • Represented a medical device manufacturer in connection with a growth capital raise.

  • Represented a craft brewery in connection with a growth capital raise.

  • Represented a software company in connection with a venture capital investment.

  • Represented an oil & gas service company in connection with a merger.

  • Represented a food manufacturing company on its majority sale.

  • Represented a debt-based residential housing fund in connection with its creation and successful funding.

  • Represented a senior housing fund in connection with its creation.

  • Represented a REIT in connection with a secondary stock offering.

  • Represented a public life sciences company in connection with private stock purchase into subsidiary.

  • Represented a rural brewery in connection with a capital raise.

  • Represented a multifamily housing fund in connection with capital raise.

  • Represented a real estate crowdfunding portal in connection with its formation and launch.

  • Represented an Internet of Things company in connection with convertible note offering.

  • Represented a beverage manufacturer in connection with convertible note offering.

  • Represented a sports apparel manufacturer in connection with capital raise.

  • Represented a commercial REIT in connection with stock offering.

  • Represented a multi-use real estate development in connection with convertible note offering.

  • Represented a SaaS-based sports app in connection with its formation.

  • Represented materials, sports products, and technologies company in connection with restructuring.

Publications & Presentations

Publications

Presentations

  • Co-Presenter, “Securities 2020: From Crowdfunding to Crypto” – Minnesota CLE, September 2018
  • Co-Presenter, “The Early Entrepreneur Catches the Funding: A Breakfast Seminar on Fundraising” – Messerli Kramer, August 2018
Professional & Community

Admissions

  • Minnesota

Associations

  • MNvest.org, Co-Founder and Director
  • Professionals Against Prohibition, Director and Co-Founder
Honors & Distinctions
  • Top 100 National Influencer, The Business Journals’ Influencers: Law, 2018

  • Rising Star, Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2016-2018

  • The TCB 100: People to Know in 2017, Twin Cities Business Magazine, 2017

  • North Star Lawyer Pro Bono Service Award, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2016-2017
  • Up & Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer, 2015