Overview

About Laurie

Laurie Huotari serves as the firm’s Minneapolis Office Managing Partner and is a member of the Corporate practice group. She represents clients in all aspects of mergers and acquisitions, company reorganizations, equity financing, governance, commercial transactions, joint ventures, and strategic alliances.

While Laurie has a broad range of local and national clients, she primarily concentrates her practice in the energy, agribusiness, food, and life sciences industries. A significant portion of Laurie’s current work involves providing counsel on the development, upgrading and financing of renewable energy projects that generate biogas by anaerobic digestion.

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Experience

Experience

  • Representation of a globally recognized grain-based distillery specializing in food grade alcohols in its sale to privately owned family investment company.
  • Representation of a public company in its acquisition of approximately 300 solar projects and 1650 residential solar projects.
  • Representation of a global aircraft engine manufacturer in its acquisition of various national and international manufacturing companies.
  • Representation of a Fortune 500 medical technology company in private equity financing arrangements with various medical device start-up entities throughout the United States.
  • Representation of 501(c)(6) organizations with sports and entertainment marketing events within the Twin Cities.
  • Representation of an assisted living and home care training company in the sale of equity interests to a leading technology-based personal learning company.
  • Representation of a family-owned auto body company in the sale of assets to a national auto body company.
  • Representation of a Minnesota technology company in the acquisition of a printed circuit board manufacturer.
  • Representation of a national archery manufacturing company in a stock sale to a national manufacturing company.
  • Representation of a closely held archery and crossbow company in its reorganization.
  • Representation of a founding shareholder in the redemption of membership interests in an international marketing company.
  • Representation of a national oil company in a trademark ownership dispute.
  • Representation of a national technology company in its formation of a DISC corporation.
  • Representation of a food and agribusiness processing company on co-packing and tolling agreements.
  • Representation of a nonprofit in the negotiation of beverage and food sponsorship agreements.
  • Representation of the majority shareholder of a worldwide insecticide and crop protection manufacturer in the sale of stock to a Japanese corporation.
  • Representation of a national health care and fitness company in the acquisition of an international online race results company.
  • Representation of a privately held Minnesota-based office furniture company in the redemption of membership interests held by a 50% owner.
  • Negotiated and settled a shareholder dispute on behalf of a national counseling services company.
  • Representation of a Global 500 consulting company in the negotiation of master services agreements with health care providers.
  • Representation of a Florida-based holding company in the acquisition of three Midwestern home health care agencies from a national network of human services providers.
  • Representation of a national health care and fitness company in the acquisition of a California-based race management company.
  • Representation of a privately held furniture company in a shareholder cross-purchase transaction.
  • Representation of a large Minneapolis-based publishing company in the sale of assets to an international information services company.
  • Representation of a Fortune 50 health insurance company in the acquisition of an East Coast health insurance company.
  • Representation of a subsidiary of a Fortune 50 health insurance company in the acquisition of a prominent public policy research group from a global biopharmaceutical company.
  • Representation of a North Carolina-based spinal products company in a merger with a major orthopedic company.
  • Development of an in-store health care clinic model for a Fortune 50 retail company.
  • Representation of various privately held medical device start-up companies in private equity financings.

Representative Financings and Loan Transactions Experience

  • Representation of various developers in RNG construction and permanent loan financing transactions for systems that generate biogas by anaerobic digestion.
  • Representation of various technology clients, as borrowers, in loan and security agreement transactions with their respective lenders, which had various tranches of financing.
  • Representation of a circuit company, as borrower and buyer, in negotiating a loan and security agreement to fund the acquisition of an Arizona-based manufacturing company.
  • Representation of a clean ethanol company, as borrower, in a credit agreement with a lender for construction purposes.
  • Representation of a global medical technology company, as lender, on loan and security agreements provided to various technology companies.
  • Representation of an international industrial mineral company, as borrower, in a credit agreement with its lender.
  • Supervision of a team performing diligence for a rating agency review for a solar bank loan transaction.
  • Negotiation of 60 guaranties and 20 letters of credit in a solar acquisition transaction.
  • Representation of a life sciences technology company in a loan agreement with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
  • Representation of various clients in REPO financing structures and the unwinding of the same.
  • Representation of various technology companies in convertible loan transactions with investors.
  • Local counsel to various clients involved in bank loan transactions.
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Honors

Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Listed among Rising Stars (Corporate), Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2010

Civic Activities

  • Volunteer Attorney, LegalCORPS Business Law Clinic, 2022–2023
  • Volunteer Attorney, Minnetonka Baseball Association, 2011–2020
  • Volunteer Attorney, Minnetonka Basketball Association, 2017
  • Volunteer Attorney, Children’s Law Center, 2001–2011
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