Steven J. Dickinson’s practice centers on domestic and international business transactions for both U.S. and international companies. In the United States, Steve represents clients in mergers and acquisitions, capital formation, complex contract negotiations, and other collaborative business transactions. These range from private equity investments to multi-party procurement contracts to acquisitions and sales valued at more than $1 billion.
Steve represents U.S. companies in their international business, including acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, construction and sales contracts, and distribution arrangements, as well as operational issues such as international tax planning, entity formation, financing, employment, intellectual property, and compliance matters, including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and export control regulations.
Steve has represented many companies in doing business in China and throughout Asia, as well as in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, the former Soviet Union, and Canada. Steve also assists international companies in establishing and operating in the United States, primarily in the Midwest.
This includes tax planning, mergers and acquisitions, entity formation, economic development incentives, real estate, construction, financing, contract drafting and negotiation, employment, intellectual property, and compliance.
Steve serves as an appointed member of the Minnesota District Export Council (DEC), an organization comprising experienced, international business leaders appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Minnesota DEC is closely affiliated with the U.S. Commerce Department’s Export Assistance Center in Minnesota and the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service.
- Counsel to Iowa Telecommunications Services, Inc. in its $1.2 billion sale to Windstream Communications. This included advising the board on fiduciary duties in considering a possible transaction, coordinating all aspects of due diligence, and drafting and negotiating of the purchase agreement. Also advised in the shareholder litigation challenging the merger.
- Acted as U.S. counsel to Menu Foods Income Fund, a Canadian pet food producer, in its $240 million sale of Menu Foods Ltd. to Simmons Pet Food.
- Counsel to Iowa Telecommunications Services, Inc. in connection with several acquisitions and divestitures, including its acquisitions of Bishop Communications for $43.9 million and Sherburne Tele Systems, Inc. for $80.6 million.
- Represented TeleDirect International, Inc. (now dvsAnalytics, Inc.) in the sale of its Liberation product line and related assets and intellectual property to Noble Systems Corporation.
- Represented a Midwestern manufacturing company in the sale of one of its business units to a private equity investor. The business unit sold included several subsidiaries in the U.S. and three other countries.
- Represented Doerfer Corporation in its acquisition of Votaw Precision Technologies, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of complex aerospace and flight hardware. This transaction drew on the experience of attorneys across several departments within the firm, including corporate, real estate, and employee benefits and executive compensation.
- Represented a Midwestern software and systems integration company in project management and sales in Saudi Arabia and establishing a branch office in Saudi Arabia.
- Represented a European agricultural products manufacturer in its U.S. business activities, including establishing a U.S. manufacturing facility, economic development incentives, procurement arrangements, standard documentation for North American sales, and a joint research and development project.
- Represented a Midwestern construction equipment manufacturer in connection with several projects in the Russian Federation, including ending a distribution relationship, appointing a new distributor, and drafting several contracts for sales and service of equipment.
- Assisted a client in developing and implementing a duty drawback program by which the company can reclaim from the U.S. government duties it pays on components imported from China that are included in finished products exported to other countries.
- University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., with high distinction, 1979
- University of Northern Iowa, B.A., magna cum laude, 1976
BAR ADMISSIONS : Minnesota; Iowa
- American Bar Association, Committee on Negotiated Acquisitions
- Iowa State Bar Association, Business Law Section 2005-2011
- Iowa State Bar Association, International Law Section, 2001-2005, 2011-Present
- Minnesota State Bar Association
- U.S.-China Business Connections, Board of Directors
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