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Robert S. Bick

Partner

Overview

Robert S. Bick possesses extensive corporate law experience, having completed hundreds of merger, acquisition, divestiture, going private, financing, and related transactions. For more than thirty years, he has represented clients of all sizes across a range of industries in corporate and business law matters.

Robert counsels and represents public and private companies, entrepreneurs, venture capital and private equity groups, boards of directors and business owners on matters related to corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, private placements, private equity, securities, tax, commercial and private lending (senior, mezzanine and subordinated credit facilities), corporate governance (counsel to corporate officers and board members) and related business law matters.

Additionally, Robert advises clients in the areas of strategic business and tax planning, entity selection and formation, contract drafting and negotiation, and structuring, negotiating, drafting and completing purchase, sale, finance, and restructuring transactions.

He is frequently honored by peers and ranking organizations for outstanding accomplishment in the field of corporate law, including most recently being named the 2016 “M&A Attorney of the Year” by the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG).

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Corporate Growth
    • Programs Committee (2016 to present)
        • Chair, ACG Cup Competition, Stephen M. Ross Business School (2012 – 2013)
        • Judge, ACG Cup Competition (2010 - 2011)
    • Member, ACG Detroit (2005 to present)
  • University of Michigan Law School
    • Judge, MLaw Transactional Competition (2015 to present)
  • University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business
    • Member, Ross School of Business Club of Southeast Michigan
    • Chair and Judge, ACG Cup Competition (2010 -2013)
  • Oakland County Bar Foundation
    • Fellow (2009 to present)
  • Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
    • Member (2010 - 2014)
  • Financial Management Association
    • Member, National Honor Society
  • National Association of Securities Dealers
    • Member, Board of Arbitrators (1989 – 1999)
  • American Arbitration Association
    • Member, Board of Arbitrators (1991 – 1999)

Community/Civic Activities

  • American Jewish Committee
    • Board of Directors, Detroit Regional Office (2009 - 2012)
  • Anti-Defamation League
    • Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Detroit Regional Office, (2009 - 2012)
  • Student Conservation Association 
    • Participant, Yosemite National Park (1979)

Honors & Awards

AWARDS:

  • M&A Attorney of the Year

ACG Detroit - M&A All Star Awards
Recipient and Winner, April 2016

  • Deal Maker of the Year

M&A Advisor - Global M&A Advisor Awards
Co-Recipient and Winner, September 2009

  • U.S. Cross-Border Deal of the Year

M&A Advisor - Global M&A Advisor Awards
Co-Recipient and Winner, September 2009

  • Financing Transaction of the Year

M&A Advisor - Middle Market Financing Awards
Co-Recipient and Finalist, June 2006

HONORS:

  • Michigan “SuperLawyers®(2007 to present)

Selected by Thomson Reuters Corporation for Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Law 

  • “Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit” (2009 to present)

Selected by DBusiness Magazine for Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Law

  • AV® “Preeminent”™ Lawyer (1995 to present)

Ranked by Martindale-Hubbell. Annually achieved Peer Review Rating of 5.0 out of 5.0

  • “Superb” Lawyer

Ranked by AVVO.com through client review
Annually achieved Client Review Rating of 10.0 out of 10.0

Admissions

  • Michigan, 1986

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Sale of equity interests in a National Basketball Association team and sports arena to a U.S. based private equity group.
  • Sale of U.S. based aerospace tooling manufacturing companies to U.K. based publicly traded company.
  • Sale of pharmacy benefit management company to NASDAQ listed company.
  • Acquisition of software licensing company by world's leading mainframe-dedicated software company.
  • Recapitalization and acquisition of controlling interest in U.S. based publicly traded company by European based private equity group.
  • Acquisition of division of NYSE listed company engaged in the business of manufacturing and selling medical products and devices.
  • Sale of equity interests in affiliated group of companies engaged in the business of owning and operating manufactured housing communities located throughout U.S. to publicly traded REIT.
  • Recapitalization of NASDAQ listed financial services company engaged in the business of providing and servicing loans used to finance commercial real estate and manufactured homes.
  • Sale of software licensing company to NASDAQ listed software licensing and networking company.
  • Sale of equity interests in a food industry equipment manufacturing company with world-wide operations to strategic buyer.
  • Recapitalization and refinancing of affiliated companies engaged in the business of inter-coastal oil barging.
  • Sale of regional industrial roofing companies to roofing industry consolidator in roll-up transaction.
  • Acquisition of manufacturer and distributor of aluminum extrusions with national operations by private equity group.
  • Sale of equity interests in manufacturer and distributor of optical lens and optical lens coatings to publicly traded strategic buyer.
  • Recapitalization and financing of automotive leather supplier with international operations.
  • Recapitalization and acquisition of controlling interest in U.S. based machine tool manufacturing company by China based equipment manufacturing company with world-wide operations.

News & Insights

Articles & Publications

  • Insider Guarantees: Emerging Theories of Preference Recoveries,” Michigan Bar Journal; July 1990; Reprinted in Laches, July 1990
  • COBRA Revisited: IRS Regulations Shed New Light on COBRA Requirements,” Michigan Bar Journal, January 1988
  • The Effect of COBRA on Group Health Plans,” Michigan Bar Journal, January 1987

 

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Education

  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1986
  • University of Michigan - Stephen M. Ross School of Business, B.B.A, with distinction, 1983