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About Ron

Ron McFall is a partner of the firm who is a business and transactional lawyer and leading expert in cooperative law. Originally trained as a securities and transactional lawyer, Ron has represented agricultural and consumer cooperatives and other producer-owned entities over the course of his entire 34 year career as an attorney. In that role, Ron regularly provides cooperative, securities and transactional advice to a variety of producer-owned and member-owned organizations in the food processing, agricultural, organic, consumer and renewable energy sectors. In recent years Ron has represented numerous cooperatives and other producer-owned businesses in a wide range of complex restructuring, merger and acquisition and joint venture transactions. Such transactions typically require an effort to balance the interests of cooperative members in their roles as both agricultural producers and owners of the cooperative; as a result, the transactions present complex issues related to cooperative governance, securities compliance and cooperative tax status. Ron also has extensive experience in securities offerings, particularly those offerings seeking equity investment for food processing, commodity processing and renewable energy facilities owned by cooperatives and other producer-owned organizations. Ron has represented cooperative, corporate and other clients both in registered offerings and offerings exempt from registration under federal and state securities laws.

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Experience

Experience

Illustrative transactions include:

  • Represented Midwest Grain Processors LLC in its sale of a 60 percent interest in its ethanol business to Global Ethanol, LLC for $100 million.
  • Represented U.S. Premium Beef, LLC in its acquisition of a majority ownership interest in National Beef Packing Company, LLC.
  • Represented Dakota Growers Pasta Company's restructuring to convert from a cooperative to a North Dakota corporation.
  • Represented Golden Oval Eggs in its conversion from a cooperative to a Delaware limited liability company.
  • Represented U.S. Premium Beef, Ltd. in its restructuring to convert from a cooperative to a Delaware limited liability company.
  • Represented U.S. Premium Beef, LLC in its sale of a majority interest in National Beef Packing to Leucadia National Corporation.
  • Represented Adkins Energy Cooperative in the restructuring of its ownership interest in Adkins Energy LLC through the dissolution of the Cooperative and the distribution of ownership interests in Adkins Energy LLC held by the Cooperative to the members of the Cooperative.
  • Represented Central Mn Ethanol Co-op in its restructuring to convert from a cooperative to a limited liability company and the associated sale of assets to Central Mn Renewables LLC.
  • Represented an Oregon marketing cooperative in its merger into an Oregon supply cooperative.
  • Represented Cooperative Regions of Organic Producer Pools (also known as Organic Valley) in the establishment of a joint venture with Dean Foods Company with respect to the processing, sales and distribution of specified dairy products.
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