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Matthew R. VanWasshnova



Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D.
  • cum laude; Order of the Coif
  • Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, Associate Editor and Note Editor
University of Michigan, B.A.
  • Economics and Political Science
  • Order of Omega and Mortar Board Honor Societies

Prior Employment

  • Denso International America, Inc., Business Operations and Planning, Senior Analyst
  • University of Michigan, Office of the General Counsel, Law Student Clerk
  • Judge Patrick J. Duggan, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Judicial Extern

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions


  • Judge Paul D. Borman, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Law Clerk

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

  • Business Law Section

State Bar of Michigan

  • Young Lawyer Section
  • Business Law Section

Association for Corporate Growth, Detroit Chapter

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Matt VanWasshnova counsels publicly and privately held companies and investors in acquisitions, dispositions, business formation, corporate restructuring, financing, securities, corporate governance, and compliance matters, as well as other general corporate and commercial matters.


Private Equity

  • Advised a Michigan-based private equity client and its portfolio companies with general corporate and commercial matters and several acquisitions, recapitalizations, and divestitures, including:
    • A Missouri-based coffee company
    • Canadian- and Nevada-based automotive parts suppliers
    • Michigan- and Florida-based dental service organizations
    • A New York-based orthodontic supplier
    • An Illinois-based trucking company
    • A Florida-based online marketing company
  • Advised Utah-based private equity client with the sale of a Washington-based aerospace supplier to a Fortune 100 company
  • Assisted Washington-based private equity client with its $75 million acquisition of a California-based wholesale food business

Debt Financing and Restructuring

  • Assisted Michigan-based private equity client with:
    • $110 million secured revolving credit facility and term loan
    • $16 million mezzanine financing for a national security alarm provider
    • $50 million secured revolving credit facility and term loan
    • $13 million mezzanine financing for a national medical alert company
  • Represented Michigan-based private equity client with several financing transactions
  • Represented TSX-listed Canadian public company with:
    • $12 million secured ABL revolver
    • $8 million revolving term loan
    • $2 million cash flow term loan

Capital Markets and Public Company Matters

  • Represented NYSE-listed Tier 1 automotive supplier with a $145 million acquisition of a telematics company
  • Represented NASDAQ-listed developer and manufacturer of thermal management technologies with an acquisition of a medical device company
  • Advised NASDAQ-listed company on several strategic acquisitions and various other matters, including U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, a $200 million Rule 144A offering of senior notes, an A/B exchange offer, and the implementation of a stockholder rights plan
  • Assisted NYSE-listed company with a $175 million underwritten public offering and various SEC filings
  • Counseled privately held company on a $275 million Rule 144A offering of senior notes
  • Assisted board of directors of NASDAQ-listed company in connection with hostile takeover bid
  • Represented the special committee of the board of directors of a company in connection with the sale of the company to a Canadian-based public company

Start-up Company Matters

  • Represented several start-up food producers in various general corporate and commercial matters
  • Served as outside general counsel to franchisees and medical device, software development, and engineering services companies



  • Board of Directors

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Seminars & Events


  • Michigan Super Lawyers, Recognized as a Rising Star, 2013-2016